Monday, May 17, 2010

Fettucini Alfredo

Some time ago I talked about my wonderful Atlas pasta maker that I found at a garage sale for the amazing price of $5.00.  Recently I found an attachement for making pappardelle pasta which makes the wide ribbons that can be used for lasagne or topped with a thick bolgnese sauce.  I purchased this attachment at a thrift store for the same price and it was clearly marked as shown in the picture below an original price of $20. 

In purusing the Internet today I see the original machines go for $75-$99 new and the attachments start at $35.  I love a good bargain!!  But what good is a bargain if one never uses it, so fresh made pasta was in order today.  The Husband requested Fettucini Alfredo and so I used the pappardelle pasta instead.  Italians would have a fit I'm sure if they saw this, as they are very particular about which pastas go best with which sauces.  We'll never tell though.

Fresh  Egg Pasta Dough

2 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
2 Tbsp olive oil
Ice water

Put flour in a bowl and make a well.  Add the two eggs and olive oil.  Pinch with your fingers or stir with a fork (my method) until the flour is blended with the eggs and oil.  Add ice water tablespoon by tablespoon until you get a very firm dough.  Knead the dough on a board until elastic and smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.  Let rest, covered for 30 minutes.  Roll out to the desired shape.  To cook, add to salted, rapidly boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes only.

Fettucini Sauce
(enough for 4 servings)

2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
2 Tbsp butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a heated deep saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the white wine and reduce by one half.  Add the cream and boil gently until it has reduced by approximately one half and it coats the back of a spoon.  Turn heat down to low.   Add the cheese in small portions allowing it to melt before adding the next addition.  Add the butter and swirl the pan until butter is melted.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cooked noodles to the sauce and combine.  Serve with some additional cheese if desired.


A Feast for the Eyes said...

You are so lucky! What a bargain! One day, I'll own a pasta maker. I just bought an expensive new kitchen gadget, so I need to wait while. Looks great!

whack patti said...

Double yum!