My Alfredo sauce is a rich and creamy white sauce, made with nutty Parmesan, tangy and spicy Pecorino Romano, a touch of garlic, butter, heavy whipping cream, pasta water and fresh parsley. Large, tube pasta combines with this savory cheese sauce to make this incredible Paccheri Pasta Alfredo. This pasta dish is so comforting, and perfect as a cold weather meal.
So, ditch the store-bought, jarred alfredo. This pasta recipe is incredibly quick, and easy to prepare. Once you make and serve this decadent, homemade alfredo, you will long to make it, over and over again!
WHAT IS PACCHERI PASTA
Originating from Compania, Paccheri pasta is a very large, rigatoni-like pasta. Paccheri pasta is best served with heavier sauces and is often stuffed with ricotta cheese and baked. This wide pasta is also a favorite of Italians when preparing seafood pasta dishes.
Paccheri is so named from the slapping sound made when combining with sauces. Make this, and you will totally get it!
This large tube pasta can be found with, and without ridges. However, smooth Paccheri, is most popular.
Where can I buy Paccheri pasta
Can I use another type of pasta in alfredo?
Honestly, traditional pasta alfredo recipes use fettuccine. For me, I like to venture out of the norm. Thus, the creation of this Paccheri Pasta Alfredo.
HOW TO MAKE ALFREDO SAUCE
Here are a few things I love most about alfredo sauce:
- minimal ingredients
- quick and easy to prepare
- rich and creamy texture
- pairs well with any type of pasta
- can be modified to include protein (eg. chicken, shrimp)
- add vegetables to create a beautiful pasta primavera
- thickness or thinness of the sauce can easily be adjusted
Can you use low fat or half and half in place of the heavy whipping cream
The short answer is, YES! However, the final sauce will be relatively thin. However, you can thicken with a corn starch slurry (this may change the taste a bit), or add a touch of a thicker, creamier cheese like cream cheese, or mascarpone.
Do you have to use both Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheeses
Absolutely, NOT! In fact, most alfredo sauces are made only using Parmesan.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PACCHERI PASTA ALFREDO
Homemade alfredo sauce is so easy to prepare. Honestly, even if this is your first time making this creamy cheese sauce, I guarantee you a perfect outcome using my techniques:
- prep all of the ingredients prior to starting the recipe
- timing is everything, start the alfredo sauce after you drop the Paccheri pasta (do NOT forget to salt the pasta water)
- use quality ingredients (freshly grate the cheese from the block)
- grate the cheese using a microplane (shredded may not melt properly)
- do not overpower the dish with garlic (one small clove is all you need)
- gently infuse the garlic in the olive oil (do NOT brown)
- slowly incorporate the cheese (adding all the cheese at once may result in a clumpy mess)
- thin the sauce with a touch more starchy pasta water (I do recommend add a touch of pasta water during preparation)
- thicken with a touch more cheese and/or heavy whipping cream
- cook the pasta to al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the sauce)
- transfer the pasta directly from the pot to the sauce with a slotted spoon
- if so desired, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper will elevate the flavor
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PACCHERI PASTA ALFREDO
This is one hearty pasta dish. In my opinion, it works great as a standalone meal. Seriously, five pieces of this Paccheri coated in that decadent sauce is a perfect serving size.
However, a small side salad and or steamed vegetables, are great side options. As mentioned earlier, you can also add your favorite protein.
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT PACCHERI ALFREDO
Leftover Paccheri Pasta Alfredo can be stored in the fridge for up to two to three days. Alfredo sauce tends to thicken as it cools. So, reheating is best done in a saucepan or pot, on low heat with a touch of heavy whipping cream. Stir often.
Reheat in the microwave, about 50% power, using 30-second intervals. Stir in between.
Transform leftover Pasta Alfredo into a new meal by adding a protein such as chicken or shrimp.Print
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