5 from 14 votes

The Best Fettuccine Alfredo of Your Life

Craving a comforting bowl of pasta in a creamy sauce? This luxurious Italian dish takes just 20 minutes to make so perfect for busy weeknights.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword alfredo sauce, alfredo sauce recipe, Fettuccine Alfredo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 899 kcal
Author Erren


  • 1 pound Fettuccine
  • 2 cups heavy cream (UK double cream)
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and left whole (optional)
  • 1 stick salted butter softened
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, cook the Fettuccine until just undercooked.  It will finish cooking in the sauce.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a deep saute pan, heat the cream and garlic (if using) over low-medium heat. 

  3. Add butter and whisk gently until melted. Remove and discard the garlic. Mix in the nutmeg and cheese. Season with freshly grated black pepper. 

  4. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid. Add it to the pan, gently toss the pasta to coat in the Alfredo sauce (adding some of the pasta water if needed to loosen). 

  5. Top with more grated cheese and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
The Best Fettuccine Alfredo of Your Life
Amount Per Serving
Calories 899 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 37g231%
Cholesterol 265mg88%
Sodium 457mg20%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2140IU43%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.