Penne Alfredo à la The BF

Despite our busy schedules, the BF and I, do our best to set aside quality time together. We have date nights every Friday and try to cook together at home when we have time, which usually isn’t often enough. Our last cooking session was a whole lot of fun, mostly because G did all the cooking and I just handled the camera. I decided this is a much more efficient way to get blog posts completed!

For our dinner, the BF made pasta with alfredo sauce. He learned this recipe from me several years ago, and it is now his specialty. He makes it the old school way–no recipe, no measurements, just a lot of confidence and love. And it turns out delicious every time!

Penne Alfredo


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup parmesan, grated
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4-5 thyme springs, leaves separated from the stem
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz. penne pasta, cooked according to package directions


Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until lightly browned. Next, add the heavy cream and let simmer 10 minutes.

As the cream is simmering, separate the eggs and place the yolks into a small bowl or ramekin. Temper the yolks by slowly stirring in half a cup of the cream sauce. This will increase the temperature of the yolks and prevent them from scrambling or curdling once you add them to the hot cream sauce.

Stir in the tempered eggs, parmesan, and thyme leaves and continue simmering another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. We usually don’t need to add any additional salt because the parmesan imparts enough flavor and salt to the sauce. Toss with hot, cooked pasta and enjoy!

Adding garlic, then cream.
Adding garlic, then cream.
Separating the other yolk, taking a vino break, tempering the egg yolks, the finished sauce.
Separating the other yolk; taking a vino break; tempering the egg yolks; the finished sauce.
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
Eggs, cheese, and pasta. My three favorite food groups!
Eggs, cheese, and pasta. My three favorite food groups!
Another Bailey cell phone pic: I took a break from editing the next day and little Bailey stole my seat! See that naughty face? I get that look all the time.
Another Bailey cell phone pic:
I took a break from editing the next day and little Bailey stole my seat! See that naughty face? I get that look all the time.


  1. If I could eat pasta…..yum, yum! l have always loved me some pasta! 🙂 The pics are beautiful, as usual! Always love looking at them! Nice that your boyfriend cooked and that you have Friday night date nights! My hubby and I have always had a date night every week and we have loved doing that. ❤
    All seriousness aside, I am laughing so hard at Bailey! I just love that facial expression Patty!!

  2. Looks great, Patty! Just now I was at Ngan’s telling her how we’ve not had pasta in a while ‘coz we had some which were too rich and creamy and now you also come with such a decadent looking pasta. Cannot resist!

  3. We don’t have specific date nights, but we do try to cook together and eat together when we can. I think it’s very good for a relationship when the couple toils in the kitchen together, and even better when the man cooks while you watch. Haha! It’s awesome Greg made this delicious pasta for you. Are we partying this weekend? I hear Angie’s away, so the kids can go crazy now….Looking forward to the market next weekend!

  4. Your post brought a smile on my face :)))
    “He makes it the old school way–no recipe, no measurements, just a lot of confidence and love. And it turns out delicious every time!”
    How sweet is that Patty! The innocence and love reflects through your this post that you share with that special man in your life:).

  5. Great post, Patty! So glad to see you let Greg take a wine break! All great chefs need to fortify themselves! Are you still using the Lowel Ego Pro for light? Do you think 2 might be better?

    • Yes, I try not to work him too hard! 😉 And I think I’ll be ordering another light soon, Julianna. What about you? I used the light for the bottom two shots. I’m happy to be able to shoot at night now!

  6. The picture and mini gallery on separating the yolk is so book/magazine worthy. Recipe: don’t be shy with the cream …. And cheese … And butter. 😮😄It’s kind of brave of you! I like the “a la Greg” concept too, I must try.

  7. Yummy…a plate of pasta perfection! Even if that’s the only thing Greg can cook, I think it makes him a keeper 🙂 You may have to start calling him Alfredo! The two of you created a scrumptious post Patty!

    • Haha, Alfredo actually has quite a few tricks up his sleeve. He’s a keeper because Bailey is infatuated with him. I think Bailey thinks Alfredo is his boyfriend, not mine. 😛

      • Aww… Even if Alfredo couldn’t cook you’d have to keep him so Bailey’s heart wouldn’t be broken! But seriously, you and Greg should consider creating another post together. It was nice to see and read! Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Photos look great…nicely presented! Cal me Mr. Alfredo now but you can also call me Mr. Penne, Mr. Lasagna, and Mr. Paella in the near future!

  9. I love this post so much Patty! I love when you can see the cooking process and the “human element” in it, the close up picture cracking the eggs is really great – as are all the others of course. I really love to see your posts every time, it’s such a pleasure those lovely pictures. hugs, Sylvia

  10. My three favourite food groups too! 😀 tempering egg yolks definitely requires confidence and skill, well done Greg and nice camera work Patty!
    We made Gorgonzola mac and cheese last night, which had two of the three favourite food groups, and so decadent. 🙂

  11. This version of Alfredo I’ve never had. And very different from a rigatoni Alfredo a friend and I used to devour in an Italian caff in Central London (opposite where Les Mes used to be). Their version is/was less heart attack inducing, I have to admit. But I so would love to try this!

  12. You are one lucky gal, Miss Patty! A cute baby, and a man who can cook, what more can you ask? I’ll go show this to hubby, pronto! Think that’ll shame him enough to learn how to cook? Nah… 🙂

  13. This looks SOOOOOOOOOOO tasty!!!!!!!!! WOW. I loveee the pic of your BF breaking the egg, it’s such a great action shot… WOW!!! My husband and I do date nights every Friday too and I’m thinking that we should add nights where we both cook together too- thanks for sharing!

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