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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe


Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

This classic Fettuccine Alfredo is made with cream, butter, parmesan cheese and parsley.

Fettuccine Alfredo is delicious just as it is. But to make it even more special you can add some cooked chicken to make Chicken Alfredo, or some cooked shrimp to make Shrimp Alfredo. Or, add some sautéed mushrooms for Mushroom Alfredo.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound dried fettuccine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1½ cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large soup pot with cold water and add a handful or so of Kosher salt. Stir and taste; it should taste like seawater. Cover the pot and heat the water until it boils.

  2. Drop the fettuccine into the boiling salted water and cook according to package instructions, about 6 to 9 minutes or until al dente, or tender but still firm to the bite.

  3. While the fettuccine cooks, heat the butter and cream in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble. Lower heat and simmer gently for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced somewhat. Remove from heat and cover.

  4. Add the cheese and toss until fully mixed. Adjust consistency with additional cream if necessary.

  5. Stir in the chopped parsley. Season to taste with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Drain fettuccine and toss with the Alfredo sauce. If desired, sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, garnish with additional chopped parsley and serve right away.
Serves 4 to 6.
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