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! 😉
Oh man–I totally have to make this for the in-laws next time they’re over for dinner. They love Olive Garden. And heck, so do I!
Save a plate for me please. This sounds delicious and I love Alfredo sauce. It is so nice to have the OG recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
I had an ex that worked at the Olive Garden, it was dangerous 🙂 Your meal looks awesome, I love blackened anything!
I bet it was dangerous 😉
Rhonda, my hubs used to work at Krispy Kreme-talk about dangerous! With all the free doughnuts I wanted, I seriously had a few days that I ate A DOZEN in a single day. No wonder I can’t stand KK doughnuts any more. Ha!
This is uncanny! Guess what I *almost* posted today instead of breadcrumbs, but decided to post tomorrow? A recipe for blackening seasoning!! ahahahahaha! I should have done it today, that would have been too cool to have such similar posts on the same day. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve never been a fan of alfredo sauce but I bet I would really like this homemade sauce….especially with the spicy chicken. Love the idea of the creamy pasta and spicy chicken on top. mmm
That would have been pretty funny. I remember when you and Jenna both posted a recipe with cauliflower in it. I thought, “Are these two being tricky?” but then figured it was just coincidence 🙂
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That was one of my step-sons favorite dishes. I used to make that for him when he was little and would cringe at the amount of butter in the recipe, but he loved it! 😀
Believe it or not Biz, I do have some healthy recipes in store…lol! 🙂
What is this world coming to? hahaha
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Olive Garden puts an entire 8 ozs of cream cheese into their sauce. They also add white pepper, and a little more Parmesan, probably 1/3 cup or just over.