Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe – We’re sharing our easy holiday Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe today. With only a handful of ingredients, this decadent pasta dish is a timeless treat that your family will love.

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Every year we have certain holiday movies that we can’t wait to watch once the weather turns cold.

The Christmas Story is a classic we always enjoy as a family the week before Christmas. Then Lt. Dan and I like to watch Love Actually on winter nights once the kids are in bed. But my personal favorite is The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz.

There’s a scene in The Holiday where Iris (Kate Winslet) and Miles (Jack Black) are comparing the low moment of their twisted romantic relationships, and after hearing just how torn up the other person is feeling, they decide to make “Christmas Fettuccine” to lighten the mood.

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Every time I watch this scene, instead of pondering the lesson of not getting stuck in unhealthy manipulative relationships… all I can think about is fettuccine alfredo.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Because really… Although there are many ways to prepare fettuccine, Fettuccine Alfredo is that end-all comfort dish we only allow ourselves to enjoy on rare occasions. Like Christmas.

I’m not exactly sure how Fettuccine Alfredo became popular as a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dish, but I’d guess it has to do with how quick it is to make and how lavish it tastes.

Today I’m sharing my version of classic Fettuccine Alfredo, made with just a few quality ingredients.

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What Ingredients You Will Need

  • 2 packages DeLallo Fettuccine Egg Pasta 8.8-ounce packages
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 clove garlic large, finely minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 pinches freshly ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped parsley optional
  • Crushed red pepper optional
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How To Make Fettuccine Alfredo

Truly, there is no easier pasta dish to prepare than Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe.

Instructions

Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, place the butter and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute for 2-3 minutes, then add the cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in the shredded cheese, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Stir until the alfredo sauce is smooth. Then check the pasta. Once the pasta is “al dente” (cooked, but firm) scoop it out of the water (reserving at least 2 cups of water) and into the alfredo sauce. Stir and cook the pasta and sauce together for 1-3 minutes. Salt and pepper if needed, and add a pinch of crushed red pepper if desired.

If the alfredo sauce starts to tighten too much before you are ready to serve the fettuccine alfredo, stir in some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped parsley over the top!

Get the Complete (Printable) Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Do Leftovers Last?

You can store these leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. I would not recommend freezing the leftovers.

Can I Make Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo?

Yes, you can use this recipe to make a brilliant Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo recipe by simply adding grilled chicken, breaded chicken cutlets, or sauteéd chicken to the top of the pasta.

What Other Ways Can I Serve This Dish?

You can add fresh broccoli florets into the cooked pasta noodle dish when you toss them with the sauce. The broccoli will cook quickly in the hot cheese sauce. Or serve your Fettuccine Alfredo with a sizzling steak, our favorite standing rib roast, some juicy shrimp, and some roasted brussels sprouts, or your favorite vegetables.

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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Easy holiday Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe your whole family will love. With only a handful of ingredients, this decadent pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, place the butter and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute for 2-3 minutes, then add the cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in the shredded cheese, lemon zest and nutmeg. Stir until the alfredo sauce is smooth. Then check the pasta. Once the pasta is "al dente" (cooked, but firm) scoop it out of the water (reserving at least 2 cups of water) and into the alfredo sauce. Stir and cook the pasta and sauce together for 1-3 minutes. Salt and pepper if needed, and add a pinch of crushed red pepper if desired.
  • If the alfredo sauce starts to tighten too much before you are ready to serve the fettuccine alfredo, stir in some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped parsley over the top!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 638kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 180mg, Sodium: 537mg, Potassium: 215mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1460IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 359mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier
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