Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

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Hecha Con Amor, “Made With Love”
Story and photographs by Rachel Grahmann (Magazine selected as the 2012 Professionals’ Choice Award Winner)

Not many people are able to say that they would be willing to eat one meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day; with no uncertainty or hesitation, Kristina Garcia definitely would.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, a dish often overlooked on Italian restaurant menus around the world, is an unconditional favorite for this St. Mary’s psychology major. She loves her school, especially the family atmosphere, and has come to call its 135 acres home.

A third-year student from Laredo, Texas, Garcia intends to graduate in May 2014 and attend graduate school to pursue a career as a school psychologist.

Garcia isn’t what anyone would call an avid chef. She doesn’t cook often, and prefers it that way, but has made sure to learn how to prepare her beloved meal—and, on that note, those who sample her dish will attest that she has learned to make it very well.

Any restaurant around San Antonio would likely have a hard time comparing their Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo to hers, yet no matter where she goes to eat, if it is on the menu, it won’t take many guesses to figure out what she’ll be ordering.

Her one tip for cooking Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is to make it with love.

“Any meal tastes better that way,” she says. If this is the only secret ingredient that makes her dish so amazing, love needs to be bottled and sold in grocery stores everywhere.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 6 T butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 T salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 c milk
  • 1 c half-and-half
  • 3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz shredded Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 c sour cream

Serves 6-8


Place a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and swirl with a fork to melt. Place the chicken thighs in the skillet and sprinkle Italian seasoning on top. Drop the chopped garlic between and on top of the cooking chicken. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove from skillet and set aside to be cut.

Fill a large pot halfway with hot water. Place on stove over high heat and salt lightly. Cover. When water begins to boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, or for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the water and set the pasta aside.

In the same skillet used for the chicken, melt 4 tablespoons of butter, swirling around the garlic. Add chopped onion, 2 more cloves of garlic and sauté. Once the onions are almost transparent, add the flour and stir, add the salt and pepper, and stir in milk and half-and-half until the mixture is well blended. Add the sour cream, Parmesan and Monterrey Jack cheeses and stir until melted.

Slice the cooked chicken and slowly add it to the sauce mixture.

Serve over the cooked fettuccine pasta.


Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash by Erika Rendon

Video and Audio Production by Cassandra M. Vara

Erika Rendon, senior double major in Corporate Finance/Financial Services and Risk Management, shares a fun and healthy recipe she calls “Spaghetti Squash.” After discovering the recipe on YouTube, Rendon decided to put her own spin on the quirky dish. Using a large squash instead of noodles, Rendon creates a “pasta” dish filled with delicious vegetables.


• 1 large squash
• 1 bell pepper
• 5-10 regular mushrooms
• 2 large portabella mushrooms
• 3 tomatoes
• 1 T of vegetable oil


Using a knife, carefully puncture the large squash, creating about 5 slits. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the a microwaveable container and place the squash inside. Microwave the squash for ten to fifteen minutes, dependent on the size of the squash. While that is cooking, dice the tomatoes, mushrooms, and pepper. Coat a pan with the tablespoon of vegetable oil and toss in your diced veggies. Cook on high and occasionally stir the vegetables to ensure even cooking. Once the squash is done, remove it from the microwave (wearing gloves as it will be extremely hot). Let it rest for a couple of minutes before cutting it open. After cutting open, remove the seeds and fibrous inner strands from the squash. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash until the flesh becomes pasta-like. Put your spaghetti squash in a bowl and mix in the cooked vegetables. Enjoy your healthy meal! Serves 3-4.