But Forrest's Grandma Gottung has a celebrity encounter that in my opinion rivals the best of them. After WWII she was traveling around Europe teaching. During a dining experience in Rome she met the one and only Alfredo di Lelio, the inventor of the infamous dish - Fettuccine Alfredo. Now THAT in my opinion is pretty epic, but then again anything to do with food in my opinion takes the cake (pardon the pun)! She often tells the story and I have had the pleasure of hearing it a few times while dining with her in Italian restaurants. In order to pay homage and as (what I think is) a precious nod to her brush with Foodie Fame, she always orders the dish whatever her mood.
Now I know for certian that this rendition of his dish would have ole' Alfredo rolling over in his grave, but I am an avid Cooking Light recipe doer so I had to give it a try.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon
Adapted from Cooking Light January 2010
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
- 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh fettuccine
- 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
2. While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon, reserving drippings. Add garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Be very careful not to burn the garlic. Sprinkle flour over garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thick, stirring constantly. Be sure to whisk out all lumps from the flour.
Reduce heat to low. Gradually add cheese,
stirring until cheese melts. Stir in salt and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
Add hot pasta to pan; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with bacon, parsley, and pepper. Combine and Serve.