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Poor Man's Alfredo Sauce

This is my "poor man's" version of Alfredo sauce when I don't have heavy cream.


  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced, or equivalent
  • 1 cup milk
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  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 lb. pasta, undercooked in salt-seasoned water


Saute minced garlic in the butter till fragrant but not browned. Stir in milk and water and bring to low simmer.

Undercook the pasta in salted water. Drain without rinsing, add it to the white sauce and simmer until the pasta is al dente. The starch from the pasta will help thicken the sauce.

Finally, remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. The cheese will do the final thickening.

Add sauteed chicken, blanched broccoli, or asparagus, or even peas and chopped ham, or even bacon for a fake "carbonara."

A tasty garlicky "Alfredo" sauce without heavy cream.

By Matt B. from Kansas City, MO

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