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Fettuccine Alfredo is such a comfort food for us. We used to buy the jarred sauce, because I thought it was difficult to make from scratch, but turns out it is quite the opposite! My husband and I enjoy watching this YouTube show called 4 Levels, where 3 people cook the same meal and then their work is reviewed by a food scientist. The catch is that one is a novice, one is experienced, and one is a professional chef; all of whom have their own spin on the dish. Anyway, we were watching the show one day and they made Fettuccine Alfredo, and even the novice made the sauce from scratch, so naturally we decided we needed to step our game up. By combining techniques from all the people on the show, and a little trial and error we came up with this recipe.
The ingredients are fairly basic, and it honestly doesn't take long. The strangest part of this recipe is that you use some of the cooking water from the noodles in the Alfredo sauce. I usually drain my pasta over a bowl with a colander sitting on top to catch the water. We use pasta that we make from scratch, mostly because we own a fancy machine, but also because we figure if were going all-out on the sauce, we are also going all-out on the noodles. Makes sense, right? Whether you use dry or fresh, just make sure you end up with about 5 cups of cooked pasta. (this is roughly 3-4 cups raw).
To make this meal a bit more balanced, we like to serve it with some grilled chicken and steamed broccoli. Roasted red pepper is another amazing addition to this. We also usually serve with a small sprinkle of parmesan, and of course lots of fresh cracked black pepper. This Alfredo sauce is so much better than what you buy at the grocery store, you and your family will love it!
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a roiling boil, add pasta and cook until Al Dente
Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water, and set aside
In a large pot on medium heat, melt butter
Add garlic and stir frequently until it starts to soften, about 2-3 minutes
Pour cream and reserved pasta water into the butter and garlic, and bring to light simmer
Turn heat to low, add parmesan 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition
Allow sauce to simmer about 10-15 minutes, it should start to thicken slightly
Add the noodles into the sauce, and stir to fully coat with sauce, then continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and the noodles are warmed.
Serve with chicken and broccoli, if desired.
Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.
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