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Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Updated on April 17, 2014

This classic Fettuccine alfredo recipe is so easy anyone can make it

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo is creamy, satisfying and very rich. It is such a famous dish that February 7 each year is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. The dish contains basic wholesome ingredients and you can easily add to the basic recipe to personalize it to your tastes. Once you have mastered the basic recipe below you can add bacon or chicken, mushrooms and ham or even tuna. Add more cream for extra richness or try adding marscapone or cream cheese. For a twist use crumbled blue cheese and throw in some walnuts. Change the look completely by using ravioli instead of fettuccine.

This is a good strong recipe that holds up well to personal variations. Try it and enjoy. Bon appetit!

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Fettuccine alfredo
Fettuccine alfredo
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 6


  • 1 packet fettucine
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • dash of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • nutmeg (optional)


  1. Boil a pan of water and cook the fettuccine pasta until al dente. Just before it is ready remove a small cup of the water for later.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat, add the cream and gently whisk together.
  3. Season with a dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add nutmeg if desired.
  4. Sprinkle half off the parmesan into a large bowl and pour the butter cream mixture over it.
  5. Drain the pasta and add to the bowl. Use tongs to gently combine the ingredients.
  6. Add the remaining parmesan. If it seems gloopy add some pasta water to achieve a good consistency.
  7. Add a sprinkle of black pepper just before serving.
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    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      sounds great. going to try this fettuccine alfredorecipe.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious - it's been a while since I had Fettuccine Alfredo!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image

      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      One of my favorite dishes... my son's learning to cook right now, and I think fettuccine alfredo may wind up on the menu this week.

    • CoolFool83 profile image

      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I love fettuccine! Yummy!

    • Fridayonmymind LM profile image

      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      One word to say and that's - Yum! Such a comforting food too.

    • Fran Tollett profile image

      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      We LOVE Alfredo with spinach! YUM :-)

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      BrianLamacraft 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I just can't get into this dish however but my GF loves it.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have been buying some pre-made Fettuccine Alfredo, but I might try your recipe, instead.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This looks easy to make and tasty.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      I absolutely craved this when I was pregnant (so much that I walked around to about five different restaurants one day hoping it would be one the menu and I finally just asked the chef if he could make it for me - he did!). So glad I found this recipe, I've pinned it to my 'Comfort Foods' board.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This looks like a doable alfredo.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious and easy - two things I always look for in a recipe!

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      Thomo85 4 years ago