Though I don’t make it to Olive Garden restaurant nearly enough (about an hour away) I do love their alfredo pasta. So, I was happy to find the recipe in an older issue of Food Network Magazine. Because of my love for chicken we will top the alfredo with blackened chicken. (Shrimp would also work well).
You will need:
3 chicken breasts or 4 thighs (skinless, boneless)
blackened spices (recipe below)
1/ 2 lb. fettuccine pasta, uncooked
Olive Garden Alfredo sauce (recipe below)
vegetable oil for cooking
First for your blackened spices you will need:
4 T. paprika
1 T. onion powder
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 T. white pepper
1 T. black pepper
1 T. ground oregano
1 T. ground thyme
1 T. salt
A jar or salt shaker-style container to hold the spices.
Mix all ingredients throughly and store in jar.
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel. Coat the chicken pieces with a little bit of oil and then smother them in the blackened spices (also great on fish by the way) add to the skillet and cook until juices run clear.
In the meantime, make your Olive Garden alfredo sauce…
1 pint heavy cream (half and half will work too)
1 stick of butter
2 T. cream cheese
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 t. garlic powder
In a saucepan combine butter, heavy cream and cream cheese.
(I buy these little guys in a four pack, each one is about 2 tablespoons).
Simmer this until all is melted and mixed well. Add the parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low. You may wish to season a bit with salt and pepper. You will wish too, it needs it. (This is great for crab alfredo too).
While those two are cooking/simmering, get out your next pair of arms and cook the pasta according to package directions; drain. Put pasta in a large serving dish and toss with the alfredo sauce. Place some fettuccine alfredo on a plate, top with sliced chicken and more parmesan cheese if desired. I didn’t desire because there’s enough in the sauce 😉
Serve with a side salad and some breadsticks and you’ll swear you were at Olive Garden. The best part, when you’re done and all you want is a pillow…you can walk in the next room and get one! 😉