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Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

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A good basic Alfredo sauce has long been a staple in my kitchen. Not only is it delicious, creamy and cheesy, the sauce is simple to prepare, and it uses the ingredients that can be easily found in any pantry. This ridiculously easy Fettuccine Alfredo dish can be served plain as-is, or alongside some add-ins, such as leftover roasted chicken, grilled vegetables, bacon. It’s one of those great weeknight dinners that will take you at most 30 minutes to make, and what you get in return is a restaurant quality dish.

So, if you’re looking for a simple, straight-forward, not overly complicated recipe, without too many steps, a recipe that is practical for a weeknight after a long busy day, this recipe from Emeril fits the bill.

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

In addition to grilled chicken and roasted vegetables, this Fettuccine Alfredo also goes great with seafood: grilled or sauteed shrimp, scallops, or lobster. Definitely a keeper!

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I found that this Alfredo sauce has a great creamy consistency immediately after you make it. However, if refrigerated, the butter and cheese will separate as the sauce cools down, and when reheated the next day, the consistency might be choppy even though the dish will still taste great. The sauce does lose its excellent creamy texture after being refrigerated. Therefore, it is best when served immediately: don’t let the sauce cool down too much before serving.

And, make just enough not to have leftovers. The recipe here actually makes a huge amount – enough to serve 6 people. Don’t hesitate to half the recipe if you only have 1 or 2 people in your household.

If you do have leftovers, when reheating this pasta dish, I would do it in the pan (not microwave) and add some liquid (preferably milk) to thin up the sauce.

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

By the way, as the recipe dictates, definitely use shallots: they add a REALLY nice flavor to the sauce. However, if you don’t have shallots, you can use very finely minced red onion or regular onion or garlic.

Remember, this dish is best when served immediately.
And, enjoy this Fettuccine Alfredo with a glass of white wine and a slice of garlic toast!

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Total time: 50 minutes

Adapted from Food Network.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried fettuccine pasta
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, minced, or 2 tablespoons of minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley, for garnish, optional

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe can be reduced in half, and it SHOULD be reduced in half if you’re serving FEWER than 6 people – because Alfredo sauce is best served fresh, without reheating.

1) Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the fettuccine in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. You can actually reserve more than 1/4 cup of the pasta water in case you need to thin up the sauce later.

2) While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add minced shallot (or 2 tablespoons of minced regular onion) and minced garlic and saute until tender. Add 1 cup heavy cream and bring to a boil. Cook for a minute. Remove from the heat.

3) Add the pasta + 1/4 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid to the saucepan with the butter-cream sauce. Add the butter-cream mixture and half of the Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup) and toss to combine thoroughly – over medium heat. Stir the sauce constantly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

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  • [email protected]'s Recipes April 18, 2013, 6:46 am

    Simplicity at its best and perfection!

  • Jen @ Savory Simple April 18, 2013, 7:46 am

    What’s not to love? Beautiful!

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You April 18, 2013, 8:05 am

    Julia:
    How handy is to have great and easy recipes! I also have mine and enjoy cooking them on busy days…Your Alfredo pasta looks scrumptious as everything else that you make.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 18, 2013, 12:24 pm

    O.M.G. suuuuuch delicious pefection! Ahhh I would loooove a big old plate of this!

  • Ashley April 18, 2013, 12:51 pm

    I really like that there are shallots in this – sounds like a great weeknight meal! I think I would love it topped with some roasted veggies and chicken!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 18, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Comfort on a plate πŸ™‚

  • Juliana Walters April 18, 2013, 11:23 pm

    In my next life I want to be able to eat pasta every night for dinner without the slightest amount of guilt or weight gain! I will also request to be able to drink as Pinot Grigio as I want without a hangover!

  • Katy @ Katy's Kitchen April 19, 2013, 12:10 am

    I like the addition of shallots to this recipe, I bet they add great flavour. I wish they weren’t so fussy to chop or I would eat them more often.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 19, 2013, 12:32 am

    This is my favorite dish of all time!! I actually have never made it at home but I really need to! This looks so perfect and your pictures are gorgeous

  • whiness April 19, 2013, 12:42 am

    Creamy sauce is probably my favourite one. I like pasta with vegetables or just tomato sauce, I like spaghetti bolognese but mac’n’cheese, Spaghetti Alfredo, just with cream and cheese are my favourite ones ever.
    Your pasta looks just perfect. I have no idea how you make it like that but I’m just impressed πŸ™‚

  • zerrin April 19, 2013, 5:00 am

    This is my kind of pasta! I love the sauce, sounds so yummy! And thanks for the tip to use milk when heating the leftover pasta!

  • Rosa April 19, 2013, 5:23 am

    Scrumptious! Fettucine are some of my favorite pasta. Now I’m craving that dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • The Squishy Monster April 19, 2013, 10:56 am

    How deliciously simple and quick! I think I know what I’m having for supper one of these nights =)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 19, 2013, 11:55 pm

    The trick is to make enough fettuccine alfredo to serve everyone and no more. That way everyone has room for dessert. πŸ™‚ Looks delicious.

  • Suzanne Perazzini April 20, 2013, 4:08 am

    Yum!! This is a great simple sauce and fills the spot every time.

  • [email protected] April 20, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Fettucine Alfredo has to be one of the few dished that absoultely everyone loves! Love how pretty the parsley looks in the picture. You are so good at styling. Love the flavor of shallots and I’m surprised more recipes don’t call for them.

  • Beth April 21, 2013, 7:56 am

    Fettucine alfredo is one of my daughter’s favorite meals! I should give this recipe a try.

  • Noel Lizotte April 21, 2013, 10:45 am

    Julia,
    You’ve done it again! I’ll be putting alfredo on my menu this week! Love this simple recipe … you know I’m hooked on easy recipes!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Noel

  • [email protected] April 21, 2013, 6:58 pm

    I love Alfredo sauce! And you’re right that it really doesn’t reheat at all well. Fortunately it’s easy enough to make there’s no reason to make too much. Really good stuff – thanks so much.

  • Monet April 21, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Yes! Simple is exactly what I need. This looks like a perfect weekday meal. Or even a lovely meal to serve for company! Thank you so much for sharing. As always, your blog makes me smile (and makes my stomach growl too!)

  • Gomo | cHow Divine April 22, 2013, 10:29 am

    This pasta looks absolutely delicious! I love that it’s simple to make. This would be perfect for a quick weekday meal. Thanks for the great recipe Julia!

  • Sarah O. April 22, 2013, 10:46 pm

    Ummm shut the front door. Next time I have a cheat meal, this is going straight into my face.

  • Yelena April 23, 2013, 9:57 pm

    Your pasta looks amazing. Simple, yet very beautiful. I am planning to do homemade pasta. Will see-))

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 24, 2013, 4:37 pm

    LOVE alfredo sauce but can’t bring myself to enjoy it often. I’m afraid of heavy cream πŸ˜‰

  • Melanie April 24, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Amazing, amazing, amazing…We had this dish at Alfredo’s in Rome and I haven’t felt like eating it since (it was SO good there) but a home made version like this looks so simple and good, I might have to try it out!

  • I’m always looking for delicious and simple recipes and a creamy sauze is something I like a lot πŸ™‚

  • simonew January 2, 2014, 11:06 pm

    Mmm, this + a Caesar salad = the perfect meal.

    • Julia January 3, 2014, 4:09 pm

      I love salads with pasta! Especially Caesar salad with this kind of pasta.

  • Julia February 4, 2014, 1:33 pm

    What a wonderful recipe. There’s nothing better than a meal that’s quick and easy to make after a long day at work. What could be better than cheese and creamy Alfredo sauce?

  • LaReina Jessee July 27, 2015, 7:28 pm

    This is awesome great taste quick to make and so easy I have made this twice now the first time I added shrimp and the second time I added chicken breast and both times it was wonderful when I cooked the meats I did so in some of the unsalted butter so I didn’t affect the overall flavor. My Father who is not a big pasta fan loves this recipe and birth times has had second helpings. I highly reccomend this dish with or with out shrimp or chicken.

  • Alexis July 28, 2015, 3:46 pm

    I just made finished making this recipe and it was simple and delicious. But I would change a few things next time, like before I add in the pasta to the butter-cream sauce I will add in half of the Parmesan cheese. Also next time, I will cut down on how much butter I use.

  • Alexis July 28, 2015, 3:50 pm

    I just finished making this recipe. It was very simple and delicious. But next I will make a few changes to the recipe like adding the pasta after I add in half of the Parmesan cheese to the butter-cream sauce. Also next time, I will cut down on how much butter I use.

  • Diane January 29, 2017, 8:31 am

    could not figure out how to get the fetticine recipe

  • Peg March 30, 2017, 9:33 pm

    My husband cooked this tonight for dinner and it was perfect. We both have colds and we needed something quick and easy. We turned to this recipe and hello. We added some rotisserie chicken, spinach and mushrooms. Came out perfect. We changed the Parsley in the recipe to spinach and would not left out anything if I thought I could digest Parsley. It would have been good. The sauce came together easily.

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