Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creamy Layered Alfredo Bake

Okay, we are Glee fans. Lately they have been doing “Mash-ups” of songs...taking 2 or three different songs and mashing them together to make one beautiful track. So, that’s what I decided to do with this meal! This is a “mash-up” of mac and cheese, chicken alfredo, and lasagne! Three amazing dishes...all shoved into one amazing meal. Add chicken to up the protein factor and you have a well-rounded meal!

Creamy Layered Alfredo Bake
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16 ounces pasta
24 ounces (3 cups) alfredo sauce (homemade recipe below)
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup cottage cheese
15 ounces ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbs. dried oregano
1 Tbs. dried parsley
4 cloves prepared (cooked) garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Prepare pasta according to package directions and drain.
Stir together Alfredo sauce, sour cream, and cottage cheese; toss with pasta until evenly coated. Spoon half of mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Stir together ricotta, eggs, parmesan, oregano, parsley and garlic; spread evenly over pasta mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top of ricotta. Spoon remaining pasta mixture evenly over cheese layer; then sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Makes 1 9x13” dish
Serves 10-12

The Best Garlic Alfredo Sauce
½ cup butter
2 ounces cream cheese
2 cups heavy cream (or substitute half and half)
2 teaspoon garlic powder
½  tsp. fresh minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
⅔ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

In a medium to large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add fresh minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cream cheese and whisk to smooth and melted. Whisk in the heavy cream.
Season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently until sauce thickens, around 15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and when melted, remove from heat and serve.

Makes 2 cups

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