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Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4
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Wondering how to make Fettuccine Alfredo that's sure to wow family or friends? We've got you covered with a recipe that takes just 25 minutes. Put a pot of water on to boil, then stir the white sauce together as the pasta is cooking. It’s just that easy to create a rich and satisfying dinner! This top-rated Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is a favorite of home cooks everywhere—try it tonight and find out why.
Updated Feb 15, 2022

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black or white pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Steps

  • 1
    Cook and drain fettuccine as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat butter and whipping cream over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, salt and pepper.
  • 3
    In large bowl, toss fettuccine with sauce until well coated. Sprinkle with parsley.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Sprinkle the pasta with a chiffonade of fresh basil: roll 3 large sweet basil leaves up into a tight cylinder, then thinly slice crosswise into shreds.
  • tip 2
    A traditional, rich Fettuccine Alfredo is often a first course, but it can also be transformed into a satisfyingly hearty main dish by adding sautéed shrimp, grilled and sliced chicken, cubed smoked ham, and/or steamed vegetables.
  • tip 3
    Buy a chunk of good Parmesan, Romano, or asiago cheese for this Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. Shave it with a vegetable peeler for ultra-thin slices to shower over the pasta.
  • tip 4
    Use linguine instead of fettuccine or sub in your favorite gluten-free pasta if you’d like.

Nutrition

580 Calories, 41g Total Fat, 15g Protein, 39g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
580
Calories from Fat
370
Total Fat
41g
63%
Saturated Fat
24g
122%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
150mg
50%
Sodium
1020mg
43%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
2g
7%
Sugars
2g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Yes, there really was an “Alfredo” behind the classic pasta dish. He was a popular Roman restauranteur and—more importantly for our story—a terrific husband. When his wife was suffering from pregnancy-related nausea, he went back to his restaurant, Alfredo alla Scrofa, and whipped up a dish of plain cooked fettuccine tossed with butter and Parmesan. She loved the dish and soon felt better, so he put the “Alfredo recipe” on the menu. The rest is Italian—and culinary—history. The Fettuccine Alfredo sauce has gotten richer over the years, picking up cheese and cream in most modern versions. In Italy, it’s also known as fettuccine al burro, fettuccine burro e parmigiano, or pasta in bianco. If this fettuccine recipe has inspired you to try more, you’ll find more in Betty’s best alfredo recipes collection.
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