Alfredo Sauce offers a tasty alternative to red sauce for pasta or pizza. From scratch it's much healthier and less expensive than jarred sauce.
I keep a bag of frozen ready-to-use shrimp in the freezer and take out portions needed for recipes; also meatballs.
Sometimes I use left over chicken or saute a chicken breast to use with this sauce. The sauce is delicious on its own over pasta.
Add a salad, crusty bread and enjoy a 5-star meal at home.
Alfredo Sauce for Shrimp or Chicken
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 Tabs. flour
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. half & half cream or milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, or more to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder or minced garlic
black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp. of Italian spice blend or Italian seasoning of choice
pasta of choice, allow 2 ounces per serving
Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat and whisk in flour until blended, cooking 1 minute until thickened. Add cream cheese and whisk until smooth, then stir and blend in half-and-half (or milk). Whisk in parmasan cheese, garlic, herbs and pepper. Simmer until heated through, creamy and thickened.
Serves 4 - 6.
Pour over and mix with any pasta, or use for homemade pizza white sauce. Add cooked: shrimp, chicken or meatballs to sauce and heat through. (Allow 3 to 4 oz. per person) and serve tossed with pasta.
Estimated Cost: $3.00 or less; .75 cents or less per serving with pasta. Shrimp or meat would add $1.10 or less per person.