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!
- 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!
This is a delicious looking Alfredo! He definitely knows what he is doing ;). Beautiful photography Patty. Lovely post.
Yes, G is a pro in the kitchen! 🙂
Yummy, creamy, pasta…. My favourite!
Mine too, Melissa!
I love alfredo–this looks so good! Love the naughty-face picture of Bailey, too! 🙂
Bailey is always naughty. But so cute and fluffy at the same time!
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!!
Have you ever tried zucchini strands as a substitute for pasta? I’ve heard great things about it. There is a julienne peeler that does the trick. And yes, Bailey is pretty funny. I’m going to post a gallery of his many faces soon!
No, that sounds good though! I don’t think I have a julienne peeler….I’ll ask the hubby if we do. 🙂
I can’t wait to see the gallery of Bailey’s many faces!!
Here are two links for you, Lori!
Zucchini Noodles: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/zucchini-noodles-with-pesto/
Julienne Peeler: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0000CCY1S?pc_redir=1397048209&robot_redir=1
You are so sweet Patty! I bookmarked them!
Your pasta dish is a big weakness of mine; I like to add some shrimp when I occasionally make it for a certain member of my family 🙂
Oh yes, grilled shrimp or chicken go so well with this, Judi!
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!
Haha I’m all about creamy! You can always add crushed tomatoes and make it less creamy. The acidity will cut the richness down by quite a bit!
It’s not fair to put these tempting images here 🙂 Just joking…
I can manage now, as I just had a great weekend dinner 🙂
Have a great weekend…
Happy Weekend, Sreejith! Glad to hear you had a great dinner! 🙂
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!
Every Friday is a party! Angie will miss out! 😉 And yes, can’t wait for next Saturday!
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:).
What a nice comment, Sonal! It makes me smile so now we’re both smiling! *hugs*
Oh I can’t forget to say that I love fresh more than marinara and I can eat this dish anytime of the day :).
May I request you to be my guest on the blog in June?
Oh yes, Sonal! That’s perfect since I’ll be done with teaching after the first week of June!
Wow that looks amazing! I’ve never tried homemade alfredo, but this pasta loving girl with allergies sure needs to learn! Thanks for bringing this to the party 🙂
You should definitely give it a try! I just love it. 🙂
Very hungry now!! =)
Haha too funny, Bonnie! 😛
looks delicious!good weekend!
Thanks, Simi! Same to you!
This is just gorgeous! I have only made alfredo once, but I think I’m going to be craving it all week now!
I had it and I’m still craving! 😛
Yumm I love alfredo, and that you took a vino break!
Haha breaks are always a good thing, Alex! 🙂
YUM!! Wine break in the GORGEOUS photos = FABULOUS!! 🙂
Thanks, Josette! 😀
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!
Yes, I’m still thinking about ordering a second one. I just can’t seem to light enough space for a larger scene. But, I’m happy to be able to shoot at night too. I hate racing home from work trying to catch the perfect light 🙂
I know the feeling!
The food looks delicious. And look at that cuteness of a dog!!
Thanks, Cita! He’s my fluffy little boy!
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.
Sometimes we just have to splurge! No holding back, Sue! 😀
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 🙂
I will let him know that, Nancy! You’re so sweet. I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 😀
It was definitely yum, Anjana!
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Bailey is cute as always. 🙂 And that looks darn delicious!
Thanks, Nell! It was so good!
Egg, cheese and pasta, everything look so yummy and tasty. It’s perfect, Patty 🙂
Thank you, Linda! 🙂
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!
Hehe paella? I can’t wait! But I don’t know if you can beat my lasagna…hmmm…we’ll have to do a cook-off!
My son and I love Alfredo. This looks so good Patty!
Thanks, Arlene! We are big fans of it as well! 😀
Creamy pasta! My elder son’s favourite! Great picture as usual, it’s like a cook book!
Thanks, Weebirdie! It’s hard not to like creamy pasta! (Unfortunately for my waist line! Hehe!)
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
You’re so kind, Sylvia! I usually cook alone so it was a nice change to be able to take more action shots. With both hands! I love it! 🙂 xoxo
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Aww thanks, pretty lady!!
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. 🙂
Ooh gorgonzola! Mac and cheese! How delightfully delicious. Now I’m thinking gorgonzola cream sauce…mmm…
Now that would be dreamy! 🙂
What a lovely post, Patty! That looks like pasta perfection on a plate!! And your pictures are stunning, as usual 🙂
Thanks so much!! 😀
Patty, is there anything more comforting than alfredo pasta? So warm and inviting. Yours looks so decadent and satisfying!
Thanks, Lisa! Alfredo sure is decadent, that’s for sure! 😀
Looks delicious! And I definitely think it’s awesome you two try to see each other and cook on a weekly basis. It’s the best way to bond in the kitchen I think 😉
I wish we cooked every week! We’ll have to make that happen. 😀
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!
Johnny, you can use half and half or add chicken broth to cut out some of the richness! It’ll still be delicious!
Beautiful Blogger Award coming your way 🙂
Aww thanks, Carol! 😀
You’re most welcome. 🙂
This looks divine, Patty! You’re so right, cheese, eggs and pasta are always the best combination for dinner!
Yep, best combo for my taste buds! Not so much my thighs, but whatev! 😉
I think he’s a keeper, Patty! This looks great!
Thanks, Jillian! Happy Monday! 🙂
what are you doing to me honey this is absolutely gorgeous x
Haha, thanks, Dimple! 😀
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… 🙂
Hahha, won’t hurt to try, Angie! 😉
Yum! Love the separating of the yolk picture!
Me too! 🙂
My boyfriend (NOW husband!) is also Greg. And we love red wine and anything cheesy. You have some fabulous photos here and a great recipe. Thanks for sharing, Patty. 🙂
Double Gregs! How wonderful! Thanks so much, Shanna! 😀
That looks thick and amazing!
Just thinking about it, I don’t think I can fit in my clothes.
Yeah, just wait till you actually eat it! Buttons will burst! 😀
I’m past bursting, it’s time time for clothes shopping.
Ooh shopping! Have fun!! 🙂
I just ate dinner and this is making me hungry…yum!
It surely was yum, Angenette! 🙂
I loved this post, the pasta looks delicious and the photos are incredible!:)
Thank you! We had fun making and then eating it!
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!
Stephanie, you should definitely add cooking nights to your rotation! It’s so much fun. Just make your husband cook and you be the photographer! 😉