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Rigatoni is a wide round tubular pasta similar to penne . The larger hole makes it great for holding sauces and ingredients. Cook the rigatoni to aldente in the salty water then finish the cooking in the sauce.
Roux is a combination of equal parts butter and fat. The butter combined with the flour helps thicken the half and half, to make a creamy sauce. A blond roux is the shortest cooked roux to keep the flour from becoming too brown. You want to cook the roux just enough to cook the taste of the flour out.
Half and half is half cream and half milk. Half and half is the perfect combination for a creamy Alfredo. The milk it in keeps the sauce fluid and the cream makes the pasta rich and thick. Regular milk can be used as an alternative you made need to double the roux. Cream may also be used, but the roux may need to be reduced.
Roasted broccoli is crispy, earthy and super flavorful if salted and cooked properly. Popping them in the air fryer takes care of all that for you. Toss them in olive oil sprinkle with salt and the broccoli is ready to go. Toss them in butter and garlic herb sprinkling to really finish it off.
Mushrooms are earthy and have texture. They have a nice balance with the cream this makes it’s a perfectly hearty meat less option for this dish. Use your favorite mushroom to really customize the dish.
Herb seasoning is a just thyme, rosemary and oregano with some assisted heat from crushed red and black pepper and a pick sprinkle of garlic. It’s my go to herb seasoning using all pantry staples. Any leftover seasoning can be stored for later use or added to olive oil to make a great bread dipping oil.
Parmesan cheese adds salt, nuttiness and it’s used to thicken and coat the pasta. Add the parmesan with the pasta to keep the sauce nice and thick that way the you get a nice silky sauce.
when making a white wine cream sauce you need to make sure your sauce doesn’t become curdled. curdled sauce forms when you haven’t cooked the wine long enough before adding in the cream. add the broth and wine to the sauce together to begin simmering before adding in the cream.
for the best pasta results cook your pasta in super salty water. the salt water adds flavor to the pasta while it rehydrate it. each pasta brand is different whats a 10 minutes cooking time for one brand may be 12 minutes for another so pay attention to the box. and cook it according to the package instructions.
putting it all together is the fun part instead of stirring the broccoli and mushrooms into the sauce and weighing it down place it over the top. that way you maintain crunchy vegetables. toss the vegetables with your favorite seasoning or dressing to change up the dish!