Mmm Creamy Alfredo sauce. My absolute gluttonous favorite. I would eat it everyday if it didn’t mean suffering the consequences. This version is paired with a sausage and bell pepper medley. Just because the Alfredo sauce is so creamy and flavorful with garlic, the sausage and bell peppers could be replaced with any meat and veggies. And this isn’t limited to Fettuccine pasta noodles either, try it on top of any pasta! It’s just THAT glorious.
Fun Fact: When choosing bell peppers at the market, think about what you’ll cook them with. Bell peppers with 3 bumps (or points) at the bottom, tend to be sweeter and keep their shape; great for eating raw or dipping in Ranch dressing. Bell peppers with 4 bumps are better for cooking and getting that nice, charred taste. To me, there’s not THAT much of a difference. Just cool to know.
- 1 package Fettuccini pasta, boiled ‘al dente’ (“to a bite”, not too cooked and soft)
- 3 – 4 tablespoons Flour
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (not pictured)
- 4 – 6 Garlic Cloves, minced
- About 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream (1 med. container is fine) (Or milk)
- About 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (a 5 oz. container will do)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped length-wise
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped length-wise
- 1 package of Smoked Sausage (about 1 pound)
- About 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (not pictured)
- Optional: cilantro or parsley for garnish
- Salt & Pepper
Boil pasta in large pot with a lot of water. (Read my “Boiling Pasta” post for great details on mastering al dente pasta. Unless you’re confident they’ll turn out great, the extra seconds to read it is well worth it.) Reserve about 1 cup of the starchy water and set aside. Drain and set aside.
Sauté the bell peppers and sausage in a little olive oil on medium-high heat. Add salt and pepper. They’re done when softened and charred around the edges. Set aside in separate bowl or container.
In the same and emptied pan, add the butter to make a roux (pronounced “rue”). After it melts, add equal parts flour, or a little less at first. Add more if you want it thicker. Turn up the heat a little. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Then add the minced garlic to slightly toast before pouring in heavy whipping cream. Keep stirring.
Turn the heat back down and add the parmesan cheese. This is the part where you add as much starchy water as you’d like from the pasta earlier. Season with salt and pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Taste the sauce at this point and see if it needs more seasoning.
Pour the Alfredo sauce over the pasta, and add the sausages and bell peppers. Depending on how large your pans are, I usually do this part in the same pot I used to boil the pasta.
Serve with garlic toast (See my “Seasoned Garlic Butter” post)
Recommended: Garnish with diced tomatoes and cilantro or parsley.