Pasta with Vegetables and Alfredo Sauce

October2010 118 Homemade Alfredo Sauce is so much tastier and so much less expensive than sauce from a jar. It is easy to make and can be made in the time that it takes to cook the pasta. My husband and kids do not like parmesan cheese, so when I make Alfredo Sauce I only use mozzarella cheese, but I have included measurements if you want to use parmesan cheese. When I was making the sauce this evening my daughter came and smelled it and said, “oh good, you aren’t using any stinky cheeses”. Everyone in my family loves garlic though, so I use a lot! You may want to start with a teaspoon and add a little at a time until it reaches your idea of garlicky perfection.

I buy my cheese in large blocks, grate it, and freeze it in 2 cup portions. This decreases the cost, plus it saves time when I go to cook.

Pasta with Vegetables and Alfredo Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
Ingredients for Pasta with Vegetables:
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 2 cups raw carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups raw broccoli florets
Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or 4 T. flour)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese (or 1½ cups mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley ( or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • dash of pepper
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and carrots. Cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  2. Pour off water.
  3. Add broccoli and enough Alfredo Sauce to coat the pasta and vegetables and cook over a low heat until the broccoli is just heated.
Alfredo Sauce Directions:
  1. Melt butter in a medium sauce pot. Once the butter is melted add cornstarch. Stir until smooth.
  2. Cook over a medium-high flame until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, stirring constantly.
  3. Add milk slowly, stirring until well blended. Add broth, cheese, garlic powder, parsley and pepper.
  4. Stir over a medium flame, until cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Spoon desired amount of sauce over pasta with vegetables.

 

 

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We like to use the leftover Alfredo Sauce to make Chicken Alfredo Pizza with Broccoli. How do you use up leftover Alfredo Sauce?

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. Annie Jones says:

    Thanks for this recipe. Shane doesn't like Parmesan cheese, either, but he will eat the milder Mexican Cotija cheese, so I use that instead.

  2. I think shrimp Alfredo pizza would be yummy as well. And I agree, making it at home tastes much better.

  3. I have never made homemade alfredo sauce – I don't know why? Hmm, I love your recipe and the tons of garlic. I think that is what I haven't liked in alfredo's I have eaten – not enough flavor. I will have to give this a try. I don't know about on pizza – I am a traditional girl.

  4. I'm really going to have to try this. I purchased a jar of Alfredo sauce once, and it was awful. But I've never tried making it at home.

  5. Vegetables with pasta and alfredo sauce is a favorite here, and I haven't made it in ages. thanks for the nudge! I used to make the sauce from scratch, but admit to now buying it at Costco. The brand they sell here is all natural, locally produced and tastes fantastic. A tub is enough for two meals for us, so it's actually affordable (it freezes well between uses).

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just stumbled across this recipe today…made it for supper and it is delicious! My 3 kids all gave it two thumbs up. Will def. make again and again.
    Thanks you for sharing this recipe.

  7. Shu Han says:

    cool, i didn't know you could use cornstarch in place of normal flour! will try that next time (:

  8. I like the idea that this recipe doesn’t use cream! It sounds like it would be healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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