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10 January, 2013

Roasted Garlic Alfredo & Artichoke Pasta

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My Boyfriend loves pasta, well off course he does he is WHITE lol, I think all Caucasians love pasta, its like in their blood just like Asians & Filipinos love Rice, it is in our blood. When I stared this blog I knew that I would have to come up with some original recipes of my own because after all this is the reason why I started this blog, to post some of my own creative recipes and I know that I would eventually have to create a pasta dish for my Baby so I made one lol hahahaha~I happen to like pasta, let me rephrase that in bold text and all caps I LIKE PASTA, I do, I have much respect for pasta, weather its spaghetti with meat sauce, baked rigatoni and spicy sausage and spaghetti and meatballs. I like to eat pasta but I don’t love it, I crave pasta once in a while but I would not eat it all the time. I always have left over garlic from like past recipes that I make, I always seem to have left overs so I look at my left over garlic and though PASTA and roasted Garlic and to add more meatless meals in me and my baby’s diet I added artichokes so, this pasta dish has all the meatiness of a meat sauce but meatless, and instead of your regular Alfredo sauce, I added roasted garlic to give that nice garic-y punch in your mouth.

RoastedGarlic & Artichoke Pasta

This Pasta Dish is creamy and meaty and I like it~I really really do. My first pasta recipe and I think I will make this again sometime ( I rarely make some dishes twice ) in the future lol.

Grated Parmesan & Romano Cheese

I use grated Parmesan & Romano Cheese and it work really well with the roasted garlic. About a Cup of each.

Roasting Garlic

Roasting Garlic is easy: Cut the heads of the garlic ( just the top like in the picture). Drizzle some olive oil and a pinch of salt, wrap them in foil ( I wrap my twice in foil) bake on a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Roasted Garlic

See, SUPER DUPER EASY with a CAPE. when its done it should look slightly grown and roasted lol. Squeeze them from their casings to a bowl and smash with a fork till its smooth or chunky ( depends on how you like it) if you have a small food processor ( I think I should invest in one for small things like this) then pulse away.

Smashing Roasted Garlic

Smashy Smashy lol.

Melt Butter

Melt a 1 tablespoon of butter into a medium sauce pan, then add 1 tablespoon of flour and whisk until flour is incorporated in butter and looks like a sandy paste.

Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Then add 1/2  cup  of heavy cream, 3/4 cup of milk. Whisk for 5-10 minutes on a medium-low heat till the sides starts to bubble, then add the smash roasted garlic and whisk till incorporated, then add the grated Parmesan & Romano cheese and keep whisking till the cheese is melted. Salt and Pepper ( off Course ) to taste.

Roasted Garlic Aalfredo & Artichoke

Add your frozen artichokes, cook till they are warmed through. Serve with your favorite pasta ( I use linguine) Enjoy with a side of garlic bread or just the pasta.

Roasted Garlic Alfredo & Artichoke Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 whole garlic bundles tops cut off
  • 1 Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of grated Romano Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup of heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • pinch of nutmeg(optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of all purpose flour
  • Olive oil for drizzling of garlic
  • Thawed artichokes( I used Private Selection Hand Picked Artichokes hearts in steamer bags at Ralph's, I just let them thaw in the fridge )

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut garlic tops off and drizzle with olive oil and pinch of salt, wrap them in foil tightly and bake for 30 minutes.Smash roasted garlic to desire consistency. Set aside. thaw your artichokes. Set aside.

  2. Grate Parmesan and Romano Cheese to equal 2 cups ( 1 cup each) set aside.

  3. In a medium sauce pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter, then add 1 tablespoon of flour and whisk till sandy color paste, then slowly add the heavy cream, milk and a pinch of nutmeg and whisk till thickens and bubbles on the sides, add smash roasted garlic and whisk, then add the shredded cheese and mix till melted and incorporated, add the thawed artichokes and cook till warmed through about 5 minutes.

  4. Heat a big pot of water and and season with Salt and cook your favorite pasta according to the pasta instructions. If desired grate some extra cheese and serve hot with sprinkles of cheese. Enjoy.

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