Fettuccine Alfredo

side-view closeup of fettuccine Alfredo garnished with cilantro

These creamy cheesy pasta is a staple on weeknight's because it's easy, fast and the entire family loves it.  If you want to amp it up a bit, whisk in a couple tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 25


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
  • 1 lb. homemade tagliatelle or purchased fresh fettuccine



In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the cream and butter to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 minute. Add 1/2 of the cheese and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper and a generous pinch of nutmeg. (Be judicious with the salt. Parmigiano-Reggiano is salty, so you don't need much extra salt)


Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender but firm to the bite), 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the freshness of the pasta. Drain the pasta well.


Add the pasta to the sauce and use tongs to thoroughly coat the pasta with the sauce. Sprinkle with of the rest of the cheese and toss well. Garnish with fresh parsley.


Serve immediately with extra cheese.

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