Homemade Alfredo sauce can be made in under 10 minutes with a stick of butter, 1 cup heavy cream and 2 cups shredded Parmesan. Warm the butter and heavy cream in a saucepan before adding the Parmesan, and stir until melted together. Toss with pasta, or store for another meal.
Give Alfredo sauce a modern twist by adding pureed pumpkin to the recipe. In a medium saucepan, sauté 1 diced shallot in a tablespoon of butter. Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and a pinch of nutmeg, and cook for several minutes. Stir in 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, and bring to a low boil for a minute.
Reduce to medium-low heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Whisk in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and cook for 1 minute longer. Season the sauce with salt and pepper before tossing with pasta.
Alfredo sauce pairs well with tortellini, fettuccine and stuffed shells. Alfredo sauce can be varied by adding fish stock, sage, lemon, Cajun spices or red chili flakes to the recipe. If the sauce becomes too thick, add 1 tablespoon of hot pasta water to the sauce.
For a complete meal, combine Alfredo sauce with spinach raviolis, chopped chicken apple sausage and shaved Parmesan cheese. Garnish with a sprig of parsley.