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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Florentine

Better than Olive Gardens Fettuccine Alfredo! Are you like me and hate heating leftover fettuccine from Olive Garden? The Alfredo Sauce separates and is oily, nothing like when you ate it fresh at the restaurant.

This recipe is great because your leftovers will look and taste like the first time you made it! And boy is it Easy and Delicious!! And tell me its not better than Olive Gardens, i dare you! ;)

 
 
 
Ingredients:
 

2 Grilled Chicken Breasts, sliced into strips
1-2 9 Ounce Packages Buitoni Fresh Fettuccine
1 8 Ounce Package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, the kind you find in the unrefrigerated aisle
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Large Clove of garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Frozen and Thawed Chopped Spinach
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream





To start, place a large, deep saute pan on the stove. Add garlic and stick of butter (1/2 Cup) on medium heat. Stir gently with a wire whisk until butter is melted.

Add cream cheese and stir constantly but gently. It will look like a mucky mess at first, i apologize for not getting a photo, will update with more first step photos when time permits.
 
Keep stirring until it looks creamy, do not add cream until you accomplish this step. After you reach the creamy stage, add cream. Stir, still using wire whisk, until well incorporated.

Add in parmesan cheese and stir well. Now, switch to a spoon and turn fire down to low, add spinach. Stir until mixed. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
 
While simmering the sauce start pasta. Boil according to package directions, for the full Olive Garden effect please try to use fresh pasta, it makes a WORLD of difference!

 If chicken isn't warm, heat in pan until warm. We used a chicken breast marinated in italian dressing with black pepper and garlic. We just cooked in a skillet til done.
 
TIPS: When storing leftovers keep sauce separate from pasta. Just reheat on stove on a low heat and serve over pasta. I always make one package of pasta for dinner and when i make leftovers i'll use the other package, this recipe is enough for 2 separate dinners.

 We served this dish with a Tomato,Avocado and Cucumber Salad with Italian Dressing over it. French Bread with Homemade Parmesan Butter, recipe follows.
 

Homemade Garlic Parmesan Butter

1 Stick of Margarine
1/4 Cup Parmesan
1 Large Clove of Garlic
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
 
Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve with warm bread.




This is what the cream cheese, butter and garlic mixture should look like before pouring the cream.
 
After adding cream and parmesan this is what it will look like. 
 

 
And finished Alfredo Florentine Sauce!

Dinner is served
 



 

 

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