Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Deadline Recipes: Roasted Garlic Fettuccine Alfredo

USA Today bestselling Presents Extra author Mira Lyn Kelly has a fast and fabulous Fettuccine Alfredo recipe… and a giveaway too!

Okay, truth is, I’m not pushing a deadline right now… in fact, I’m kicked back enjoying the sight of my latest book THE S BEFORE EX decorating the shelves at my local market. NEVER STAY PAST MIDNIGHT is working its way toward copy edits, and GETTING LUCKY (working title) is still just a fun game of “what ifs” and “how ‘bouts”. So I’m about as relaxed as I ever get, lol!

But there’s no forgetting what it feels like when the pressure is on and it’s been days since anything mattered beyond pushing through to THE END. Sadly the perfect THE END never comes as quickly as we’d like, and more often than not days turn into weeks and everything beyond the book hits not just the back burner, but usually that funky, hard-to-get-to spot in very back of the bottom freezer shelf.

The Family gets that really tragic look in their eyes and the guilt (which doesn’t help the writing) starts to ramp.

What’s the solution? A home-cooked, tasty dinner that can be cranked out in next to no time. The kind of meal that makes them feel the love… and leaves you the bulk the day to pretend nothing exists but the world in which you are desperately striving to build that just exactly right HEA.

The kind of meal I made last night.

It was so fast, I felt guilty for calling it special. So good, the entire family of 6 scarfed it down until it was gone.

Roasted garlic Fettuccini Alfredo
* 18 ounces uncooked fettuccini pasta
* 1 cup butter
* 12oz heavy cream
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 head roasted garlic – or to taste (To make roasted garlic, cut top of head off and set in little 4ozish ovenproof cup filled 2/3 way up head w water. Drizzle w olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover w foil scrap and bake at 375 1hr or until mushy inside. Can be made ahead)
* 3/4 cup grated Romano cheese
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 tsp Corn starch
* 1 wedge lemon

Start your water and follow the box instructions to cook your pasta.

Meanwhile, melt butter into cream in med saucepan over low heat. Add salt, pepper. Sift cornstarch into cheeses and toss with a fork. Stir cheese into cream and add a squirt of lemon, mixing until melted (turn up to Med if nec) and sauce thickens. Mix in roasted garlic (mashed smooth) to taste. We LOVE garlic at our house and use the whole head.

Drain your pasta and toss w sauce to coat, adding a little fresh cracked pepper on top for pretty factor.

Serve immediately w some yummy bread and glass of nice wine. Unless you are on deadline and then replace the wine with a glass of water and a multivitamin.

This meal can be spruced up any way you like it. A few fun mix-in ideas…
Sautéed pancetta, onions and peas… Asparagus, shrimp, sausage, mushrooms… it’s cheese and cream, so really it goes with anything. Enjoy!

Have you got a quick recipe to please the whole family? Would love to see it, so drop it in the comments!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe. That pic of the fettuccinne is making me hungry.

  2. Mira,

    Any recipe that includes a whole head of garlic is fine by us. We often do chicken with 40 cloves - an old French recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Annie, I've seen a 40 clove Chinese recipe but not French... I bet its wonderful!

    Jane, hope you got some pasta tonight!

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