Instead of regular souvenirs or chocolates, my sister B’dee and cousin P’gya got this foodie a bag of Pasta from Europe. They brought me garganelli pasta, a rolled tube shaped pasta with resemblance to penne pasta. Garganelli pasta were naturally flavored with beet root, spinach, blueberry, tomato and turmeric by Italian pastamaker Pastificio Pipolo Costanzo. My cousin P’gya insisted that this pasta is meant for special occasions such as the valentine’s day dinner.
Indeed, what better way to celebrate the valentine’s day dinner than using this wonderful gift from my loved ones. The pasta dish of choice for me was creamy and velvety chicken alfredo. Chicken alfredo is too fattening for everyday but is an excellent rich once-in-a-while meal. I don’t like alfredo sauce from a jar in grocery or prefer sweating too much for it. So I decided to make a very simple and easy, yet gourmet chicken alfredo from these simple ingredients; 1 cup pasta, ½ lb chicken breast, plain cream cheese, white wine, black pepper, salt and butter.
Heat ½ tablespoon butter in a large pan over high heat.
Lower heat to medium. Add 4-5 tablespoons of cream cheese.
Add ¼ cup white wine. Here I used cooking white wine.
I tasted the cooked flavored garganelli pasta by itself before mixing with the sauce. I could taste strong turmeric flavor and delicate spinach flavor in yellow (1) and green (5) pastas, respectively. I could not detect strong flavors in other pastas but could tell there was a subtle hint of hidden flavor. The image shows cooked pasta on top and raw pasta on bottom.
Add cooked pasta. Mix.
The chicken alfredo was creamy and rich and had a simple flavor with hint of wine and black pepper. You can substitute a tablespoon of cream cheese with other cheeses such as parmesan for flavor. Other things you can do for flavor is add caramelized shallots, add vegetables such as spinach.Instead of chicken (or along with it), you can also add mushrooms. There are lots of ways to flavor this dish, play with it and you may stumble into deliciousness. Eat!
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