Back from Malacca, still on leave and didn’t feel like cooking up a storm today – I’m leaving that for tomorrow (I’m making fall-off-the-bone ribs in a lip-smacking cantonese bbq + plum sauce)! Lunch for today was a simple pasta with bacon and Portobello. Jason loves his pasta in cream sauce, while I’m a fan of tomato based sauces or ragù. But since I have some cooking cream in the fridge, I was going to make his day!
How many of you love delicious white sauce but are quite done with using bottled sauces? I’m never happy with bottled cream sauces as they either taste watered down, too salty or very heavy on the palette with no real aroma. Plus you don’t know what really goes into the bottles. You won’t get any of these if you make your own sauce. It’s not as difficult as you think!
I like to thicken my sauce with eggs. It’s not quite carbonara because no cooking cream is used in carbonara, and cheese is added. I’m not crazy about cheese in my pasta, so when cooking white cream sauce, I leave it out. The husband sometimes sprinkles his own separately but most of the time the dish is already so flavourful that he forgets about the parmesan! The trick to getting loads of flavour and body in the sauce is to sweat some chopped onions in butter and oil – it lends a subtly sweet and savoury taste that ups the flavour up many notches.
This creamy white sauce will also be great with spaghetti or fettuccine. The 80-year-old aunt has always like white sauce (she’s a big fan of the Alfredo from Rocky’s Pizza!) and polished off the entire plate today. Looks like I will be making this again sooner than I think!