Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Crab

My cooking style has changed quite a bit over the years, but there are a handful of dishes I've been making forever that never seem to get old. One of those just happens to be Fettuccine Alfredo. It was always my favorite dish to order on the odd occasion we ate out as a family, so it shouldn't come as any great surprise when I say it went to the top of the list of things I wanted to learn how to make once my parents put me in charge of making Saturday night dinner at the tender age of 9. 

As the years went on I began to put my own spin on the dish by adding chopped broccoli, imitation crab meat, and a ton of extra garlic. It was, and still is, my go-to recipe whenever I want to impress someone with my badass cooking skills, yet don't want to spend all night in the kitchen.

I still remember the first time I made it for my husband—he officially dubbed "Awesome Pasta." It still makes me chuckle every time he asks when I'm going to make that awesome pasta again. He's lucky it's one of my favorite meals since that means I'll make it every time he asks.

Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Crab aka Awesome Pasta | Not Starving Yet

Awesome Pasta

 

makes 6 - 8 servings

 

Ingredients


¼ cup salted butter
3-5 garlic cloves, minced (or more, you can never have too much garlic)
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup frozen broccoli, chopped
8 ounces imitation crab meat, shredded
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
freshly ground pepper, to taste
18 ounces refrigerated fettuccine noodles


 

Directions

 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting, place butter in a saucepan and allow it to melt over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, approximately 5 minutes. Add whipping cream, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture reduces slightly and starts to thicken; approximately 15 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, make sure to stir frequently so the bottom doesn't burn.

  • Once the sauce has thickened add broccoli, shredded crab meat, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Cook until the broccoli has warmed through, then season with freshly ground pepper.

  • Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions, usually 2 - 3 minutes. Once cooked drain the pasta well, cover with sauce, and serve immediately (topped with plenty of extra cheese.)

 

 

 

New England Clam Chowder

As soon as the last bit of snow melts I go through a bit of a Spring cleaning craze. I tear the house apart, organizing as I go, and put away our winter clothing in anticipation of warmer weather. The only problem is that every year, like clockwork, we have a late cold snap that makes me regret pulling out my tank tops and shorts. I thought I was in the clear this year, our weather has been unusually warm, but just before I left on my trip to Oklahoma things took a turn for the worst. The temperature dipped down in to the low 40s at night and I found myself regretting the fact that all my sweaters had been neatly boxed up and put away.

You would think that by now I would have learned, but no, I'm a bit stubborn in my hopes for warmer weather. It's one of the many things I've missed since moving up North.  So instead of burying myself under a mountain of blankets to keep warm I snuck into the kitchen and made a huge batch of chowder. I figured that it would warm me from the inside while insuring I didn't have to worry about cooking for a few days. I spent the rest of the week running around doing laundry like a mad woman and packing up the entire house to take with me on my two week trip to visit my family. My plan was a success and even better, by the time I returned home the weather had warmed up enough that I could get an early start on my summer tan.

While it's getting a little warm for chowder in many parts of the world, there really is never a wrong time to make chowder. My advice for those of you who facing an early summer, crank your air down low and enjoy some anyway. One bite and I promise you'll thank me, at least up until the point you get your electric bill.

New England Clam Chowder | Not Starving Yet

Ingredients


1 - 2 pieces applewood-smoked bacon, crumbled
3 - 4 red potatoes, diced
1 leek, diced
1 shallot, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon salted butter
1 Tablespoon bacon grease
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups half & half or heavy cream
2 cans clams + juice, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
additional salt and black pepper, to taste
 

Directions

 

  • In a large pot cook bacon until crispy, set aside to cool. Add leek, shallot, garlic, and butter to the bacon grease left in the pot. Cook vegetables over low heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes or until the leek has softened. Do not allow the shallots to brown.
  • In a separate pot add potatoes and cover with cold water. Cook over high heat for approximately 10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Once cooked transfer the potatoes to a colander and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Allow cooled potatoes to drain and set aside for later.
  • Add flour to the cooked vegetables and stir until everything is well coated. If there is still bacon grease left in the pot add additional flour as needed until it has been soaked up by the flour.
  • Add half & half or heavy cream, clams and juice, then bring the contents of the pot to a simmer. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes or until the soup has thickened. Turn off the heat, add the cooked potatoes, additional salt and pepper, to taste, then allow then soup to rest for an hour before rewarming and serving.
  • Optional: top with crumbled bacon and oyster crackers before serving.
     

Notes

 


Make sure you don't skip the resting period for this soup, it allows the potatoes time to soak up the flavor from the clams. For best results you can make this soup a day ahead of time, then rewarm it before serving.