The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Thursday, July 06, 2006

British pasta

I'm hoping one of my British friends can help me with this one, or maybe someone else who's been there.

There was this pasta that I often ate in England and Wales. It usually had chicken in it. The noodles seemed like fettucini noodles and the sauce was whitish (looked like alfredo sauce). But I don't think it could have been fettucini alfredo. I've had fettucini alfredo several times in the U.S. and thought it was nasty. What little flavor it had was nothing like the stuff in Britain. The British stuff tasted more like chicken noodle soup than fettucini alfredo.

So what is that sauce called? If it's just a British version of alfredo sauce, what makes it so different? I want to make it but I can't seem to find it anywhere.


At 7:51 AM, Anonymous Jamie said...

hmmm... sorry matt... I can't help you on that one unless you have the name of the sauce.. or the dish.. lol..

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Jamie said...

Here's the only recipe I have found that varies from the classic alfredo.... maybe this is what you had...
Alfredo Sauce

Submitted by: Marlene

Keywords: Easy, Cheese, American, Italian, Sauce, Vegetarian

This is a different twist on the classic sauce. The cream cheese gives it a thicker texture. Be sure to use unsalted butter in this, or it will be too salty.

1 250 gr. pkg cream cheese
1/2 c unsalted butter
1/2 c milk
3/4 c parmesan

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except parmesan. Stir until smooth and then add parmesan, stirring until melted.

Pour over pasta, sprinkle with extra parmesan if desired.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Jamie - Thanks for the recipe, but I'm pretty sure that's not it. I think the stuff I'm talking about has chicken or chicken broth in it. It seems like some kind of gravy. And it's salty. When I loaded alfredo sauce with salt and when a restaurant put chicken broth in it, it tasted a little more like what I'm talking about but still not. I think there's something in alfredo sauce that this doesn't have, and it definitely has things that are not in alfredo sauce. Parmesan might be something they have in common.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Gart said...

Maybe the dingos ate your pasta!

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Funny Gart! I know exactly what you're referring to there. :-)

At 12:21 PM, Blogger mintypython said...

it might be pasta carbonara, chicken and bacopn flavour sauce with pasta... and never enough bacon in my opinion...


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