Classic Alfredo Pasta With A South African Twist

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This creamy, cheesy Alfredo pasta gets a delicious South African twist with the addition of droëwors (dried sausage) and a touch of peri peri spice. It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal that’s sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

Classic alfredo pasta
Classic alfredo pasta

1 pound (454 g) dried fettuccine or other long pasta

  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) chopped droëwors
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the pasta water.

    2. Make the sauce: While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

    3. Whisk in the cream and cheese: Pour in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Whisk together until smooth and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.

    4. Add the droëwors and spices: Stir in the chopped droëwors, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    5. Combine the pasta and sauce: Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to the skillet with the sauce. Toss everything together until well coated.

    6. Serve and enjoy: Plate the creamy Alfredo pasta and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Please note that this is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients listed. It can vary depending on the specific brands used.)

    Serving size: 1 cup (226 g)

  • Calories: 780
  • Fat: 50 g
  • Saturated Fat: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg
  • Sodium: 450 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Protein: 25 g

  • Conclusion:

    This South African-inspired Alfredo pasta is a flavorful and satisfying way to enjoy a classic comfort food. The addition of droëwors adds a unique savory element, while the peri peri spice brings a touch of heat. It’s a perfect recipe for busy weeknights or when you’re craving a quick and easy meal.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute another type of sausage for droëwors?

    Yes, you can definitely substitute another type of sausage for droëwors. Chorizo, pepperoni, or Italian sausage would all be delicious options. Just be sure to adjust the amount of red pepper flakes depending on the spiciness of the sausage you choose.

    2. Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

    Absolutely! Simply omit the droëwors from the recipe and add in your favorite chopped vegetables, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, or spinach.

    3. What kind of pasta can I use instead of fettuccine?

    Any long, thin pasta will work well in this recipe. Some good alternatives include linguine, spaghetti, or angel hair.

    4. How can I make the sauce thicker?

    If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a little bit of water to the sauce while it’s simmering. Just be sure to whisk it in constantly until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.

    5. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?