fbpx

Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo is a delicious, vegetarian dish that makes a perfect weeknight dinner.  Pair it with a crispy green salad and garlic bread for a comforting meal that your family will love.

Cast iron skillet with Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo garnished with Parmesan Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley.

If you have 20 minutes, you can whip up a restaurant-quality fettuccine alfredo with ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  The homemade alfredo sauce is so delicious, you’ll never buy that jarred stuff again. This pasta recipe is great on Meatless Monday or anytime you’re craving comfort food.  It’s creamy and cheesy and very craveable.

Ingredients Needed 

  • Box of fettuccine pasta
  • Butter – I used salted butter, but if you have unsalted butter, adjust the salt to taste.
  • Garlic 
  • Heavy cream – also called heavy whipping cream or whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan Reggiano cheese – please use a quality cheese, not the stuff in the plastic shaker jar that is shelf stable.  Use a cheese that needs to be refrigerated, preferably one that you grate yourself.
  • Italian parsley as a garnish

Cast iron skillet with Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo garnished with Parmesan Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley.

Steps To Make This Recipe

  • Boil water and cook the pasta as directed on the box of pasta.
  • Make the sauce by sauteing garlic in butter.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and half of the grated cheese and cook for a minute or two.
  • Drain the cooked pasta and save a cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Thin the alfredo sauce with a little of the pasta water.
  • Toss the cooked noodles in the sauce.
  • Top with even more grated cheese and garnish with parsley.

Variations

  • Add protein to the meal by topping the fettuccine alfredo with grilled or baked chicken breasts or grilled shrimp.
  • Up the nutritional content by adding steamed broccoli, asparagus, or sauteed spinach.
  • You can lighten up the sauce by swapping out the heavy cream with low-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream.  You can also use 2% milk, but will have to thicken the sauce with a slurry of 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed into a couple tablespoons of milk.
  • Add chopped herbs like chives, thyme, rosemary, or oregano.

Closeup of a fork with Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo ready for a bite.

If you liked this pasta recipe, here are a few more suggestions to try:

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Cast iron skillet with Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo garnished with Parmesan Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley.

Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo


Description

Quick And Easy Fettuccine Alfredo is a delicious, vegetarian dish that makes a perfect weeknight dinner.  Pair it with a crispy green salad and garlic bread for a comforting meal that your family will love.


Ingredients

Scale

1 pound fettuccine pasta

1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)

4 garlic cloves, very finely minced

1 ¾ cups heavy cream

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese

½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped (optional)


Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a full rolling boil.  Add enough salt that the water tastes like the sea. 

Once the water comes back up to a full boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Don’t allow the garlic to brown.

Whisk in the heavy cream and allow it to reduce, stirring often, for 5-8 minutes.

Add half of the cheese to the cream and whisk until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Ladle out about a cup of the pasta cooking water.  Set aside.

Pour in ¼ cup of the pasta water into the cream sauce.  Whisk until smooth.  If the sauce is still too thick, add a bit more water until the desired consistency is achieved.

When the pasta is al dente, drain it well and shake off the excess water.

Add the pasta to the cream sauce in the skillet.

Use tongs to turn the pasta in the sauce until each strand of pasta is coated in sauce.  Take care not to break up the pasta.

Sprinkle the remaining half of the cheese over the top and continue to fold the pasta and sauce together.

Garnish the alfredo with the chopped parsley.

Serve hot.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish - Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Quick and easy fettuccine alfredo, alfredo fettuccine, pasta recipes, meatless mondays, quick and easy dinners, homemade alfredo sauce

Yum
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Please follow and like us:

Related Posts

STIR FRY NOODLES AND SCALLOPS

STIR FRY NOODLES AND SCALLOPS

This Chinese New Year recipe is a delicious way to celebrate.  Incorporating many Asian flavors, this stir-fried noodle dish is something to look forward to.  The Chinese New Year begins this Saturday.  2020 is officially the year of the metal rat and is said to […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
ZUCCHINI AND RED PEPPER FRITTATA

ZUCCHINI AND RED PEPPER FRITTATA

This healthy vegetable frittata recipe makes the perfect brunch entree.  It is savory, filling, and yet healthy and delicious. You can also wrap up the leftovers to toss in your briefcase for a light lunch. Brunch on Sundays is one of my favorite things – […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating