My Amazing Alfredo Sauce Recipe

The Alfredo sauce recipe originated in a small restaurant in Rome and is made with butter, lot's of it, cream, parmigiano and just a touch of freshly grated nutmeg. What could be more simple then that! It’s an all time classic Italian pasta recipe that has spread the world and coated our bellies for several decades.

Below are the basic instructions, along with pictures, of how to make my Amazing Fettucini Alfredo. They are the beginnings of all fantastic things Alfredo. Followed by a selection of different and creative alternative Alfredo pasta recipes that will keep you on your culinary toes. Such as Shrimp Alfredo Pasta and Chicken Alfredo. Have fun with them!

In the meantime here’s a little background on Alfredo himself.

Did you know that there really was a man named Alfredo who lived in Rome, Italy and created this recipe? You can read about him and his restaurant and the motivation behind creating this incredible Italian pasta recipe on the history of fettucini Alfredo page, right here on this site.

His restaurant in Rome was established in the early 1900's and named "Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa". Which means in Italian "Alfredo of the Sow" or pig for a better translation. It is still located to this day on Via Della Scrofa where you can go and enjoy an authentic Fettucini Alfredo. Alfredo is no longer there but what better place to experience his legacy. Here is a link to the original restaurant in Rome. Just picture yourself slurping down some pasta now!

The story behind this recipe goes something like this. His wife was pregnant and she was not feeling well and had trouble eating because of the pregnancy. So Alfredo created this recipe to ease her tummy and nourish his pregnant wife. The recipe was born out of love.

Today this original Alfredo recipe is shared among gourmet restaurants around the world. Now that you have a little background, let's start with the basics of this Italian pasta recipe that has stood the test of time!

Start with one of the most popular, signature Italian cheeses, parmigiano. Use the best, parmigiano Reggiano, which has been made by the same family for centuries.

Now go to your refrigerator and take out the butter. No cheating! Do not use margarine. Julia Child would roll over in her grave. Now heavy cream and let's begin.

Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb of fettucini pasta cooked al dente. NOTE: You must drain and immediately add the freshly cooked pasta to the sauce so timing is everything.
  2. 12 tablespoons of butter
  3. 2 cups of heavy cream
  4. 1 cup of freshly grated parmigiano
  5. less than a ¼ teaspoon of pinch of nutmeg
  6. salt to taste

Alfredo Sauce Recipe Preparation:


Melting butter Add cream to the Alfredo base

Melt the butter in a sauce pan but don't let it boil or it will separate. If it does, toss it out and start fresh. This sauce should be creamy.

Slowly add the cream and let is simmer for about 1 minute while you whisk the mixture. It will thicken slightly as it heats but the sauce really gets thicker once you add the parmigiano.

Sprinkle Nutmeg into the Alfredo base Add the fettucini to the cream and butter

Once the butter and cream are heated and begin to thicken naturally, sprinkle with the nutmeg and salt. This adds a really subtle and deliciously soothing flavor. You'll taste it even though it's subtitle.

Drain the pasta from the hot water. Then immediately add it to the cream and butter mixture.

Add the parmigiano to the alfredo

IMPORTANT: Remove from the heat before you add the parmigiano to the Alfredo cream mixture and toss. This blend of ingredients will thicken before your eyes.

Plate your fettucini Alfredo on a family style, large plate or in individual servings and now we're dining on the classic fettucini with an Alfredo sauce recipe like there's no tomorrow! But don’t stop now! Scroll down for much more exciting and creative versions to this all time classic.

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Do you have a pasta recipe to share? Just like these Alfredo sauce recipes I will post it right here on this site for a whole page dedicated to your Italian pasta recipe.

You can, and many great gourmet chefs do, get very creative with this classic Italian pasta sauce. So creamy and delicious, you can turn it into a unique gourmet masterpiece by adding a dollop of pesto sauce, top it with some grilled vegetables or add in some homemade roasted garlic. Here are some examples of all the fun you can have making your Alfredo pasta recipes.

Chicken and pasta recipes ASPARAGUS CHICKEN ALFREDO
This was my creation for a cold winter's night comfort food. Delicioso.




“basil BASIL ALFREDO SAUCE RECIPE
A great way to add a unique flavor to this Roman classic. Summer on a plate!




Chicken alfredo recipe CHICKEN ALFREDO RECIPE:
A traditional Italian pasta sauce with tender and juicy chicken.




Chicken and broccoli alfredo pasta CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI ALFREDO
An Alfredo sauce recipe with the delightfully crisp of fresh broccoli.




Chicken Alfredo with Basil CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH BASIL
Fresh and sweet basil slices, tossed with this traditional Alfredo.




pesto chicken alfredo PESTO CHICKEN ALFREDO
A marriage of two Italian pasta recipe traditions. A great way to make a simple delicious meal.



“taleggio TALEGGIO CHEESE & SUNDRIED TOMATOES
Creamy taleggio coupled with homemade sun dried tomatoes. A pasta lovers dream.



“shrimp SHRIMP ALFREDO PASTA
Show your passion for food and life with this shrimp Alfredo pasta!




“tomato TOMATO ALFREDO SAUCE WITH SPIRAL PASTA
A blend of two delicious, traditional Italian pasta recipes.




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