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Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, and adventure!

pasta with chicken and veggies

Chef Nikki Shaw: A delicious sauce is one of my favorite things as a food lover. Every time I eat at a restaurant, it never fails: I must order extra salad dressing and sauce. A great sauce is the perfect "accessory" to any meal. Just like a beautiful matching set of jewelry, or coordinating your purse and shoes, accessories can transform an ordinary outfit into extraordinary!

There are a wide variety of sauces: dips, glazes, chutneys, salsas, relishes, marmalades, and many others. They can be sweet (warm chocolate fondue, caramel syrup, honey yogurt dip), savory (marinara, hollandaise, pesto) or a combination of both (honey mustard, mango salsa, raspberry vinaigrette). Take your pasta "over-the-top" with my simple Sweet Garlic Cream Sauce. Throw some sliced chicken or jumbo shrimp on top, and watch it disappear!

Sweet Garlic Cream Sauce

4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, crushed
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan, grated
3 tablespoons sugar
Sea salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste

1. In a medium saucepan, add butter and garlic. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in heavy cream. When mixture begins to lightly simmer, whisk in Parmesan. Let sauce cook on low heat for 7-9 minutes until it thickens, stirring constantly.
3. Add sugar, then add salt and pepper to taste (be careful when adding salt: Parmesan is naturally salty).

Enjoy over pasta with vegetables and chicken or seafood on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan before serving. 

Servings: 4-6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes

"NIK TIP": Store-bought sauces are quick and convenient! However, you can "doctor" them up and make them even better. Try adding a little brown sugar to your BBQ sauce or white wine to tomato sauce.

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Deanna September 22, 2009, 1:01 PM

This looks extremely unhealthy with all the butter and heavy whipping cream!

maeby September 22, 2009, 1:19 PM

wow i guess its a good thing it didnt say low fat, low cal then huh Deanna?
Thanks for the recipe! gonna try it out in a couple of nights!

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