I've made this before, but the sauce always came out really thick and gluey, so I decided to play around in the kitchen and see what I could come up with...and pray it came out OK, so dinner didn't suck! It didn't! I finally found an Alfredo sauce keeper! Best of all, no cream cheese!
I had a box of whole wheat linguine and one of regular linguine. My son and husband insist that they don't like the whole wheat stuff, but I really can't taste a difference, especially when it has a good sauce on it, so I get a box of each and use half of each. They still gripe, but tough crunchies!
So, here was the menu: linguine with chicken Alfredo sauce, asparagus (I forgot I still had some in the fridge and wanted to make it while it was still good! I had planned a salad, but...), and garlic toast. The toast was a loaf of Italian bread sliced, buttered and sprinkled with garlic powder. I don't like using the broiler for this because I can never get it the way I want it. It's either untoasted or burnt, so I turn the oven on bake and set it as high as it will go before broil. Then I flip the slices of bread over, butter side down, and in about 8 minutes, it's perfectly toasted!
Linguine with Chicken Alfredo Sauce
16 oz. linguine
2 C. half and half
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. butter
1/3 C. grated parmesan
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast half, thinly sliced
1/8 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. basil
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 C. white wine
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle chicken with 1/8 t. garlic powder, onion powder, and basil. Heat olive oil and white wine in a skillet, add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and garlic powder. Whisk together until completely combined. Gradually add half and half, whisking until smooth between each addition. When all half and half has been added, add parmesan and whisk together. Add salt and pepper as you like. Increase heat to medium high until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, simmer while stirring until sauce has thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Keep in mind, sauce will thicken as it cools. When sauce is thickened, but still a bit thin, add chicken, stir together, and allow to rest to cool and thicken sauce and warm up chicken.
When the pasta is done, drain. Serve with sauce.