Chicken Alfredo.

Fettuccine Alfredo, invented, according to legend, by Italian chef Alfredo de Lelio, is simply a variation of the traditional Fettuccine al Burro, pasta cooked with parmesan cheese. The legend continues that movie stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, visiting Rome in the 1920s, fell in love with the dish and took the recipe back to the United States where it was transmogrified into something quite different and un-Italian. The following, a variation on the very rich American version, is not necessarily anything even remotely like the original that Alfredo concocted nearly a century ago in his Roman Café, but it is very tasty and not too heavy.



300g diced chicken meat.

¼ cup olive oil.

4 cloves garlic, crushed.

1 sprig rosemary finely chopped.

Dash cayenne.

Salt to taste.

200g fresh fettuccine [or 2 cups pasta spirals].

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped.

Salt and pepper to taste.

3 tblsp plain flour.

1 cup milk

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped [or 1x400g can diced tomatoes].

½ cup fresh cream.



Mix the meat, garlic, rosemary, cayenne, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for an hour. Mix the cheese, tomatoes and cream together in a bowl and set aside.



Heat the oil in a sauté pan over a hot flame. Sauté the meat for 5 minutes until beginning to brown. Add the onion to the pan and sauté until soft. Cook for 2 minutes then reduce the heat to medium and add the flour, stirring through, then slowly add the milk, stirring as you go, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook until done to taste. Stir the cheese mixture through the meat mixture and heat through. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the water, and add to the pan. Stir through until fully incorporated. If the sauce is too thick, add a little of the reserved pasta water until the desired consistency is reached.


Serve with: A green salad and a lemon vinaigrette on the side.


Serves: 2.

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