Easy & Amazing Fettuccine Alfredo
I am sitting in this awesome Airbnb rental in Amsterdam as I write this. Not too shabby, right?! Husband’s putting the wee man to sleep and it has just occurred to me that I haven’t posted in a week! I’d been posting everyday to get this blog up and running but oh, Amsterdam! You’ve been a pleasant and well needed distraction and I have not touched my blog or my book (I am currently writing a book about the craziness of my last 5 years in China) in the past week. So, with my delicious beer, full on far too much cheese & bread, I sit here, looking out over the awesome balcony, ready to post. If you’ve never been, I can’t recommend it enough! Anyway, there will be a large Amsterdam post upon my return.
Easy & Amazing Fettuccine Alfredo is just that- easy & amazing. This to me is one of those sauces like a pesto sauce. Very few ingredients, easy to make, but I rarely enjoy it. When I do enjoy one of these sauces they are one of my top choices & favorites for a sauce. However, for some reason, I find myself a stickler for the perfect balance of ingredients in order to make sauces like these tasty. Anyone else this picky or find this to be true?
As my mom used to call this dish – “a heart attack on a plate” – I won’t even pretend to paint a pretty picture of health & weight loss. You are swimming in a sea of fatty deliciousness. A true comfort food. Let’s be serious. There’s almost always a time and a place for this type of food. I am quite a healthy eater on the day-to-day but sometimes, just sometimes, I must indulge, and when I do, I dive right in for a creamy & rich swim in this here Alfredo sauce. Yes ma’am. This is the recipe for when the boyfriend breaks up with you, a hell of a day at work, or anything that involves comforting your inner self. Enjoy!
- 1 lb (16 oz) of fettuccine pasta (fresh if possible)!
- 1 1/4 C heavy cream
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 3/4 C parmesan cheese - grated
- 2 Tbl lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste (I use a lot of cracked peppercorn)
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Optional: 1 garlic cloves (minced) or 2 tsp garlic powder
- Optional: 1 very ripe tomato – diced
- Boil pasta
- Over medium heat, put in butter (let melt for a few seconds) & add cream (I dash some s & p here)
- Add lemon juice & garlic (optional), and then stir in cheese until melted with the rest of your s & p
- Remove from heat and add pasta into sauce - stir until pasta is fully covered in sauce
- To serve: (optional)
- Top each bowl with diced tomato & garnish with fresh basil and additional cracked pepper
- White wine- Chardonnay for you chard lovers! (I don't love Chardonnay myself so I often opt for a Pinot Grigio)
- Red Wine- Pinot Noir
- This dish takes less than 15 minutes if you use fresh pasta!