Today, Alfredo sauce is a common staple in many American households – though, this wasn’t always the case. Alfredo sauce was created in Rome in 1914 when a restaurant owner named Alfredo di Lelio whipped up a batch of the now-famous sauce for his wife, who was experiencing pregnancy nausea and needed a simple, comforting meal.
Then, in 1920, Hollywood couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks stopped by Alfredo’s restaurant for his signature dish. The stars were so enamored with the hot pasta served with Parmesan cheese and butter that they collected the recipe and took it back home to California. Californian restaurants began serving the dish, and a national love for Alfredo sauce was born.
Available for purchase in mass-produced jars or small-batch varieties, these days, it’s not difficult to get your hands on rich and delicious Alfredo sauce. But, as with most other sauces, homemade Alfredo is always better than the pre-packaged version. So, try this recipe the next time you need a classic Alfredo sauce for pasta, casseroles, or dipping, and taste the flavor that made Alfredo di Lelio famous.
• ¼ cup butter
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 1?½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
2. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, then add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through.
3. Stir in parsley and serve.
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