Quick and easy fettucine Alfredo

Sep 14, 2021
A twist on the traditional fettuccine Alfredo. Source: Getty Images

The traditional fettuccine Alfredo only uses butter. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it? However, I recently found using cream not only creates a delicious flavour, but it is simpler to work with and there’s no way the dish could become dry (which was always a risk when I used butter).

Best of all, you’ll have a restaurant quality meal dished up and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!

Serves 4-6.


  • 500g fettuccine
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cups Parmesan, shredded plus more for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley or thyme, for garnish


  1. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup cooking water before draining.
  2. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add cream and stir until mixture begins bubble and thicken, 2-3 minutes. Add cheese and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove from heat, add pasta and stir until coated (If necessary, add cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin the sauce and help it coat.) Serve immediately garnished with parsley or thyme.

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