The smoothest Fettuccine Alfredo you’ll ever taste. As the cheese melts into the liquid and coats the pasta, you’ll understand why the most basic of pasta recipes is truly one of the best!
There are so many delicious pasta recipes to enjoy in our lifetimes. Besides this alfredo recipe, I love pasta with Brie and mushrooms, spicy Thai shrimp pasta and a mushroom fettuccine pasta that is truly quite amazing!
Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
Pasta dishes are often an ideal way to cook during the week. Many require nothing more than assembling a few ingredients in a large bowl and tossing them together with just-cooked pasta.
This alfredo recipe is no exception when it comes to ease of preparation. To make the sauce requires very little kitchen skill and rewards you with a very delicious meal.
Once you make fettuccine alfredo from scratch, you’ll wonder why you ever purchased a jar of already made alfredo sauce in the first place.
Ingredients for Fettuccine Alfredo
For the pasta you’re going to need fettucine noodles of course!
There’s a reason alfredo sauce tastes so good, it’s made with butter, heavy cream, Parmesan and Romano cheese, salt, pepper and parsley for garnish.
How to Make the Best Fettuccine Alfredo
This is the easiest recipe with the biggest payoff in taste and indulgence!
After getting the pasta noodles going, you’re going to make the sauce, which starts with melting the butter and sautéing the garlic.
The cream and cream cheese are added to the butter until smooth and melty. In go the cheeses and salt and pepper.
It’s truly the most simple sauce you will ever put together.
Can I Use Low-Fat Milk Instead of Heavy Cream?
The heavy cream is what makes the alfredo sauce creamy and rich. If you substitute low-fat milk you get the same flavors, but your sauce will be thin and runny and not the same as a classic alfredo sauce.
What Can I Substitute for Cream Cheese?
If you are in a pinch, Greek yogurt (Fage would be best) or sour cream can be substituted for the cream cheese. Again, you will lose some of the viscosity.
What Variations Can I Make?
For a heartier pasta add cooked and sliced chicken breast, cooked shrimp, and/or steamed broccoli.
Can I Store the Leftovers?
You can, however, alfredo sauce is meant to be eaten on the spot. It’s a very delicate sauce and will be grainy once reheated.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.
What Can I Serve With This?
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- 12 oz dry fettuccine noodles
- 8 tbsps unsalted butter
- 1-1/2 tsps minced garlic
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tbsps cream cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
- 1 tsp finely ground sea salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
- Cook fettuccine according to package directions. (Make sure to salt the water) As the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Stir in garlic and sauté for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Do not burn.
- Reduce heat to low; stir in heavy cream and cream cheese. Heat until cream cheese is melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
- Add in Parmesan and Romano cheeses, stir until melted and smooth, about 5minutes.
- Stir in salt and black pepper.
- To serve, combine cooked noodles and Alfredo sauce and top with freshly chopped parsley if desired.
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