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Fettuccine Alfredo

Creamy, flavorful Fettuccine Alfredo is sure to please any pasta lover. Serve it as a decadent entrée or a comforting side dish.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt plus 1 tablespoon, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces fresh fettuccine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg


In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan, bring 1 cup heavy cream and the butter to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the mixture reduces to 2/3 cup, 12 to 15 minutes.
Off the heat, stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
Bring 4 1/2 quarts of water to a rolling boil, covered, in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Using a ladle or heatproof measuring cup, scoop about 1/2 cup of boiling water into each serving bowl and set aside to warm.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta to the boiling water; cook until just shy of al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.
Return the cream mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the pasta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and nutmeg to the cream mixture. Cook over low heat, tossing the pasta with tongs to combine, until the cheese is melted, the sauce coats the pasta, and the pasta is just al dente, 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water; the sauce may look rather thin but will thicken as the pasta is served and eaten.
Working quickly, empty the serving bowls of the water; divide the pasta among the bowls and toss the pasta to coat it well with sauce. Serve immediately.


For a restaurant-style finish, top each bowl of pasta with some of the remaining butter, freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and freshly ground pepper.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg

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