Saturday, October 6, 2012

Recipe for Fettucini Alfredo

Fettucini Alfredo is an Italian pasta dish made of long, thick noodles with a creamy, cheese sauce on top. Restaurant owner Alfredo Di Lelio created the dish in 1914. Legend has it that Alfredo concocted the dish for his pregnant wife who had lost her appetite. His wife loved the dish, and Alfredo began serving it in his restaurant under the name Fettucini Alfredo. The dish became a hit with Alfredo’s customers, and Fettucini Alfredo spread to the United States. Today, Fettucini Alfredo is considered one of the basic dishes of Italian-American cooking. With a few ingredients and a few basic cooking tools, you can have a Fettucini Alfredo, ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. The recipe below will make four servings of Fettucini Alfredo


  • 1 lb. dried fettuccine
  • 1⁄2 lb. unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1⁄2 lb. finely grated parmesan (about 3 1⁄4 cup)


  1. Bring a 6-qt. pot of salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut butter into thin pats and transfer to a large, warmed platter. Drain pasta, reserving 3⁄4 cup pasta water, and place the pasta over the butter on the platter.
  3. Sprinkle grated parmesan over the pasta and drizzle with 1⁄4 cup of the reserved pasta water.
  4. Using a large spoon and fork, gently toss the pasta with the butter and cheese, lifting and swirling the noodles and adding more pasta water as necessary. (The pasta water will help create a smooth sauce.) Work in any melted butter and cheese that pools around the edges of the platter. Continue to mix the pasta until the cheese and butter have fully melted and the noodles are coated, about 3 minutes. (For a quicker preparation, bring the reserved 3⁄4 cup pasta water and the butter to a boil in a 12" skillet; then add the pasta, sprinkle with the cheese, and toss with tongs over medium-low heat until the pasta is creamy and coated, about 2 minutes.)
  5. Serve the fettuccine immediately on warmed plates.


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