Holiday Fettuccine 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.

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?

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Because really… Although their 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: gorgeous strands of DeLallo Fettuccine Egg Pasta, cream, garlic, parmesan cheese, and a little lemon zest and nutmeg for extra flavor. I also like to add a pinch of crushed red pepper to my alfredo sauce for a bit of kick!

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

You simply drop the pasta in boiling water, then make a quick cream and cheese sauce in a separate skillet, that comes together in the time it takes to cook the pasta.

To round out the meal, serve your Fettuccine Alfredo with a sizzling steak, our favorite standing rib roast, some juicy shrimp, and some roasted brussels sprouts.

This will be a Christmas Eve to remember!

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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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Easy holiday Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe your whole family will love. With only a handful of ingredients, this decadent pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser.


  • 2 – 8.8 ounce packages DeLallo Fettuccine Egg Pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 large clove garlic, 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 and Crushed Red Pepper optional


  1. Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook according to package instructions.
  2. 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
  3. 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!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6-8, Serving Size: 1/8th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 780 Calories
  • Total Fat: 35.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.4g
  • Cholesterol: 235mg
  • Sodium: 386mg
  • Carbohydrates: 90.1g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: 4.5g
  • Protein: 27.4g
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16 comments on “Holiday Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

  1. Cynthiaposted December 27, 2018 at 11:42 am Reply

    Easy & Delicious! Even the kids loved it.  Our new Christmas tradition!

    Rating: 5
  2. Mollyposted December 17, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply

    Can this sauce be made ahead of time? Thanks! 

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply

      Hi Molly,

      Absolutely! However, it thicken as it cools. You will need to loosen it up with a little milk when you reheat it.

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  4. Anna Cposted December 28, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    I made this tonight and couldn’t stop complimenting myself! :-) Thanks for another winner!

    Rating: 5
  5. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playgroundposted December 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply

    I love it when just a handful of simple ingredients come together to create such an amazing dish. Your Fettuccine Alfredo is divine!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

    Rating: 5
  6. Gabyposted December 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Fettuccine Alfredo really is top-notch comfort food! This looks so good!

  7. Jenny Flakeposted December 12, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

    Loooove The Holiday :) This alfredo looks divine!!

  8. Mariaposted December 12, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

    Love this comforting pasta recipe!

  9. Marla Meridithposted December 12, 2014 at 11:09 am Reply

    Love this holiday pasta!!

    Rating: 5
  10. [email protected]posted December 12, 2014 at 10:01 am Reply

    I just watched The Holiday this year and I’ve been planning my own Christmas Fettuccine ever since, no joke! When I saw this recipe I was like “She totally just watched The Holiday and stole my idea!” I guess we aren’t the first people to ever watch that scene then are we? Your recipe looks so good! I definitely have to try it!

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted December 12, 2014 at 8:32 am Reply

    I actually had never heard of Fettucine at Christmas until I saw The Holiday. But I love the idea!

  12. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted December 12, 2014 at 8:12 am Reply

    I love The Holiday. I just watched it a few days ago. Maybe I should have a second showing tonight with a big bowl of this fettuccine on my lap!! Sounds delicious!

    • Sommerposted December 12, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

      LOL! Yes you should!

  13. Ines Di Lelioposted December 12, 2014 at 5:51 am Reply


    With reference of your article (for which I thank you), I have the pleasure to tell you the history of my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “Fettuccine all’Alfredo” (“Fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1908 in the “trattoria” run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). This “trattoria” of Piazza Rosa has become the “birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    More specifically, as is well known to many people who love the “fettuccine all’Alfredo”, this famous dish in the world was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio concerned about the lack of appetite of his wife Ines, who was pregnant with my father Armando (born February 26, 1908).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened his restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome and in 1943, during the war, he sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 “Il Vero Alfredo” (“Alfredo di Roma”), whose fame in the world has been strengthened by his nephew Alfredo and that now managed by me, with the famous “gold cutlery” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
    See also the website of “Il Vero Alfredo”.(with news also about franchising).

    I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo – Alfredo di Roma”.
    I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo –Alfredo di Roma” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    Best regards Ines Di Lelio

    • Sommerposted December 12, 2014 at 6:50 am Reply

      Wow! Very cool story, Ines. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’d LOVE to taste your recipe. :)