Fettuccine Alfredo

Adam's only request for the menu this week was some kind of pasta, I was at a loss, first time in a long time for pasta. Then I remember seeing Joelen's blog Alfredo sauce, I have been searching for the perfect one, she said this was it. So I gave it a try.

This wasn't really Alfredo to me, but this was an awesome and light cream sauce, super yummy!

Fettuccine Alfredo (From: Cooking at Home With America's Test Kitchen)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 9 ounces fresh fettuccine
  • 1 1/2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Bring 1 cup of the heavy cream and the butter to a simmer in a 3- to 4- quart saucepan over medium heat; reduce the heat to low and simmer gently until the mixture reduces to 2/3 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.

While the cream reduces, bring 4 1/2 quarts water to a rolling boil. covered, in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Using a ladle or heatproof measuring cup, scoop about 1/2 cup boiling water into each serving bowl; set the bowls aside to warm. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta to the pot of boiling water; cook the pasta until just shy of al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, return the cream mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to low and add the pasta, Parmesan, and nutmeg to the cream mixture. Cook over low heat, tossing the pasta with tongs to combine, until the cheese is melted, the sauce coats the pasta, and the pasta is just al dente, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water; the sauce may look rather thin but will gradually thicken as the pasta is served and eaten. Working quickly, empty the serving bowls of the water; divide the pasta among the bowls, tossing the pasta to coat well with the sauce. Serve immediately.


Rachel said...

why wasnt it really alfredo sauce to you? How do you usually have it?

Carrie said...

It wasn't as heavy and creamy as normally alfredo is too me.

~Amber~ said...

I love Alfredo and this sounds like a delicious perfect classic recipe. YUM!