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Rich Fettuccini Alfredo with Heavy Cream

Make this Rich Fettuccini Alfredo recipe for dinner in about 20 minutes.   This Alfredo sauce is made with heavy cream, parmesan cheese, garlic and seasonings.  Plus if you are looking for a meatless meal then this Fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream is a must try. 

Rich Fettuccini Alfredo

 

Authentic fettuccine Alfredo is made with only butter and parmesan cheese which is light and delicious.  But that’s not for us today.   We are looking for a richer fettuccine Alfredo with loads of extra flavor that garlic and heavy cream gives it.  And since we are doing a meatless dish we want to go for the extras.  

 

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fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream

 

Just look at the creaminess in this rich fettuccine Alfredo!   And this recipe is easier and quicker than you would expect.  In less than 30 minutes you can be enjoying this pasta dish tonight.  

 

What is Alfredo:

Alfredo is a white sauce usually consisting of butter and parmesan cheese.  But there are numerous variations, sometimes containing heavy cream, milk or different cheeses such as Romano.  And you can add chicken, shrimp, and even strips of pork.  Some recipes contain added vegetables, the most popular are broccoli and peas.  But we have seen it made with different mixed vegetables.  There are even recipes that include pumpkin puree. 

 

What is in this Rich Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe:  

 

Fettuccini Alfredo ingredients

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried fettuccini pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded – plus more for serving
  • Parsley, optional for serving

Equipment Needed:

 

How to Make Fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream:

 

 

 

cooking garlic in butter

 

Prepare the fettuccini pasta  according to package directions in a pasta cooker or a large pot of water.  Note: Do not rinse your fettuccine after draining.

While the pasta is cooking, place a medium-size saucepan over medium heat and add the butter.  Once the butter is hot, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant being careful not to scorch it. 

 

pouring milk into garlic butter

 

Add the heavy cream, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to your Alfredo buttery garlic mixture.  And increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.   Then reduce the heat to medium-low.

 

Add parmesan cheese to butter and garlic

 

Add the shredded Parmesan cheese and whisk until completely melted. 

 

Alfredo Sauce

 

Taste and adjust your seasoning, as well as the consistency, if needed.  Consistency can be adjusted pretty easily in several ways.  

 

How to Adjust Consistency of Alfredo Sauce:

If your Alfredo Sauce is too thin try adding heavy cream and bringing it to a simmer.  Be sure to whisk it constantly so you don’t scald the cream.  Continue simmering and it will slowly thicken.  Or add additional parmesan cheese to thicken, either way will keep the integrity of the basic sauce. 

If sauce is too thick you can add either milk or pasta water and bringing it to a simmer.  Continue to simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. 

 

adding the fettuccini to the alfredo sauce

 

Toss the cooked pasta with the homemade Alfredo sauce and serve immediately.    You can add additional Parmesan and garnish it with fresh parsley, if desired.

 

fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream

 

Serve  this Rich Fettuccini Alfredo with crusty garlic bread and a side of salad if desired.  This makes a satisfying and nourishing meatless meal. 

 

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Rich Fettuccini Alfredo

Make this Rich Fettuccini Alfredo recipe for dinner tonight. If you are wondering what is Alfredo then this fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream recipe is a must try.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fettuccine Alfredo with heavy cream, Rich Fettuccini Alfredo, what is Alfredo
Servings: 4
Calories: 871kcal
Author: Evelyn

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions in a pasta cooker or a large pot of water. Note: Do not rinse your pasta after draining.
  • While the pasta is cooking, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter is hot, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant being careful not to scorch it.
  • Add the heavy cream, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to your Alfredo buttery garlic mixture. And increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add the shredded Parmesan cheese and whisk until completely melted.
  • Taste and adjust your seasoning, as well as the consistency, if needed. Consistency can be adjusted pretty easily in several ways.
    SEE NOTE for ways to adjust consistency
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the homemade Alfredo sauce and serve immediately. And you can add additional Parmesan and fresh parsley, if desired.

Notes

If your Alfredo Sauce is too thin try adding heavy cream and bringing it to a simmer. Be sure to whisk it constantly so you don’t scald the cream. Continue simmering and it will slowly thicken. Or add additional parmesan cheese to thicken, either way will keep the integrity of the basic sauce.
If sauce is too thick you can add either milk or pasta water and bring it to a simmer. Continue to simmer until it reaches your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 871kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1554IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 466mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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