Without Costco, my dinner would not have been possible:
The pasta—and this may be a bit gross—actually comes from an old bag that had sat for years in Sperwer's basement. Most of my possessions had gotten moldy, but the pasta looked perfectly serviceable, and I knew that boiling it for ten or fifteen minutes would thoroughly sterilize it.
Ingredients for tonight's splurge:
Garofalo brand casarecce pasta (essentially free since it was a found item)
Président brand crème supérieure (whipping cream): W13,990
Bel Gioioso brand crumbled Gorgonzola (bucket): W13,490
Kirkland brand butter (16 4-ounce sticks): W19,990
Kirkland thick-cut bacon (4 1-pound packs): W18,390
There was a W2,700 discount thrown in for some reason, so my total was W63,160, or about $61.88 at the current exchange rate (about 1020 won to the US dollar).
As I've often said, Alfredo sauce (or quasi-Alfredo, in this case) is rather simple to make. The most labor-intensive aspect of tonight's repast was cooking the bacon until crisp, and that was more time-consuming than anything. Otherwise, just cook the pasta, drain it, then throw in equal measures (by volume) of butter, cream, and cheese. Add a bit of powdered garlic and parsley. Add bacon. Stir until a sauce forms; that's the traditional Italian way to arrive at a sauce: generally speaking, you conjure it, i.e., you don't make it on the side and then pour it over the pasta; the pasta is supposed to be in dialogue with the sauce from the sauce's inception,* and the sauce simply appears as you keep on stirring. Like sorcery.
I must say... I like my version of cream pasta a lot better than my school's version. My version is way more rib-sticking and flavorful. I might serve this at the jjong-party I'm planning to have with my lone intermediate class, but knowing Koreans as I do, I know I'll have to serve something salty and pickled alongside it—probably oi-kimchi (cucumber kimchi), in this case, because that's the only kimchi I know how to make well. Koreans feel that creamy and/or greasy food should be balanced out with something that counteracts the oil; this is why "Italian" restaurants in Korea serve pickles with their pasta and pizza.
*Unless we're talking about a sauce like bolognese. That sauce would take too long to come together if it were mixed with pasta from the beginning. The spaghetti would be mush by the time the sauce was ready to serve.