Monday, August 18, 2014
I draw the line with the sauce though. I am scared of the tubs of Alfredo and other sauces you can buy at the grocery store. Too many preservatives, gums and -ates for my liking. Plus, when a sauce can be easily and quickly made with ingredients you're likely to have in the pantry, why bother?
Here's a rich creamy, cheesy sauce I concocted for some spinach ravioli we had last weekend. It would be wonderful as a mac and cheese base too, I am betting.
Parmesan Cream Cheese
Makes about 2 cups.
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon garlic pepper (or freshly ground black pepper to taste)
Kosher salt to taste (You might not need any thanks to the saltiness of the Parmesan.)
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper