Simple cheese sauce

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    15 min

    A deliciously rich and creamy cheese sauce, which is a cinch to make. Butter is simmered with cream, Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, egg yolk and seasonings. Serve with fresh pasta of your choice.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 2 

    • 50g butter
    • 225ml double cream
    • salt to taste
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 4 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add double cream, stirring constantly. Stir in salt, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Stir constantly until melted, then mix in egg yolk. Simmer over medium low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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    You can subtitute 2% milk for heavy cream, if you start with a roux of 1tbsp butter, 1tbsp flour. Good for reducing fat a bit, or if you realize at the last minute you don't have enough cream!  -  15 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    613

    After reading through the reviews I decided to give this one a shot, and it came out wonderful. I made the following changes: *added 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 2 cloves minced garlic and 2 tablespoons regular cream cheese *used a full cup of fresh grated parmesan, no romano *I whipped the egg with a little half-n-half and then added it a little at a time Be sure to let the butter and cream simmer until it's a little thick, before proceeding. Also, simmver over low heat at the end and keep stirring it. I ended up with a highly delicious HEAVY alfredo sauce.  -  24 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    501

    I liked this sauce, it had a nice, mild flavor. My guests felt it lacked something, even though I minced and sauteed garlic and added it in. Perhaps I would add a touch of garlic salt or garlic powder the next time. Salt & pepper are definitely in order for this recipe. Remember that anytime you are incorporating egg into a hot liquid, you need to take care that it doesn't immediately cook the egg so that you end up with tiny egg bits. Take a small amount of the hot cheese/cream sauce (1/4 cup or so) and put it in a bowl. Slowly add the egg yolk, stirring constantly. Once you've mixed the egg with that small bit of hot cream sauce, you can add it all back into the pan. *** Update. Recently, I made this recipe and I used all parmesan cheese because that's what I had in the house. What I used was shredded parmesan, rather than the container of grated parmesan (you know it, we all have it in the house). What an amazing difference this made, the sauce was thick, rich, and amazing. I went right out and bought the ingredients to make it a few more times!  -  27 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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