Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo – you only need four ingredients to make this creamy, buttery, and cheesy pasta dish. Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic everyone (including kids) loves, and it takes less than 30 minutes to make! 

Fettuccine Alfredo in serving dish garnished with parsley

Leftover Heavy Cream? Think Fettuccine Alfredo

I bought a big carton of heavy cream to make scones. The boys helped me make them and we had a good time in the kitchen. The scones didn’t last long and I was going to make another batch the following day, but it was dinnertime and I needed something savory to put on the table. I decided to make Fettuccine Alfredo.

When I told Josh we were having Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner, he didn’t believe me at first. I am all about heavy cream and butter when it comes to baking and desserts, but I try to keep our meals on the healthy side. When I make pasta, I usually make my favorite Easy Marinara Sauce or Spinach Basil Pesto with loads of veggies.

I told Josh I had heavy cream to use up and didn’t want to serve scones for dinner, although the thought did cross my mind, so I decided to make Fettuccine Alfredo. He was ok with that. He loves alfredo sauce!

Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com This classic pasta dish is easy to make at home. You only need 4 ingredients!

How to make Fettuccine Alfredo with just 4 ingredients

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo – Just 4 Ingredients

I have a love/hate relationship with Fettuccine Alfredo. It is so wrong, but SO right. People who wonder how to make Fettuccine Alfredo don’t realize how easy it is. You only need FOUR ingredients:

  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pasta

Four heavenly ingredients are all you need to make this rich and creamy pasta dish! I want to hate it, but I can’t. It is too easy to make and too good!

Since you are only uses four ingredients, make sure those ingredients are high quality. Splurge and buy good butter and cheese. You for sure don’t want Parmesan cheese from the can:)

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo wrapped around fork in past dish

How to Make Fettuccine Alfredo Pop

I did use whole wheat fettuccine to go with the decadent alfredo sauce. So this pasta dish is somewhat healthy! It’s all about balance:) Feel free to use your favorite pasta. Fettuccine is the classic pasta to use for this dish, but you can use other pasta noodles.

I like to add a little lemon juice to the alfredo sauce. It gives it a refreshing kick. I also like to top the pasta dish with fresh parsley for a pop of color. The lemon and parsley are optional, but a nice touch! If you use them, the pasta dish will have six ingredients and not four, but who is really counting? This buttery, creamy, cheesy pasta dish is delish!

Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo with whole wheat noodles

If you want to make a simple, satisfying and comforting pasta dish for dinner, go with Fettuccine Alfredo. It is a classic! You can’t go wrong! My boys loved it and so did I. It is nice to splurge every once in awhile. Enjoy!

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Fettuccine Alfredo

This classic pasta dish is satisfying, comforting, and simple to make. It is always a dinner favorite!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes


  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cook pasta until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until it melts, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese until it melts. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, if using. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Return the pasta to the pot on the stove, with the stove on medium heat. Add the reserved pasta water and gently toss. Add the alfredo sauce and toss until pasta is well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl and garnish with parsley, if using. Serve immediately.


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought Fettucciana Alfredo was healthy for you! Ok, guess not. But I love it still and every once in a while, it’s worth the splurge. I really like the optional lemon juice and parsley and will try both!

  2. My favorite decadent pasta treat. I have never made it homemade…my mom makes a version of a roasted red pepper cream sauce, that is like fettuccine alfredo but it’s pink…SO yummy!

  3. Yum! I never realized it was so easy! My grandma used to chop up broccoli really fine and mix it in with the sauce for the color (and add chicken). Thanks, Maria!

  4. I used to make fettuccine Alfredo all the time, but I usually make healthier dinners too so I’ve stopped, unless it’s with cauliflower. I should throw caution to the wind and make this 🙂

  5. Just made this for my family for lunch and it received great reviews from kids and adults alike! Very tasty, fresh Parmesan is the key.

  6. When I make Alfredo pasta, I cook half an onion with 2 cups of cauliflower in a bit of vegetable broth until very tender and I puree it in the blender. Then, I make the traditional Alfredo sauce, but I cut cream and butter by half and I add this cauliflower puree wit a lot of small broccoli florets instead of the extra cream and butter. It makes the recipe just as delicious (even tastier I would say), but much healthier. Give it a try! No one will see the difference, except your arteries and your wasteline… 🙂

  7. Both of my daughters have made this (& feel like accomplished chefs in the process!). It’s SO easy & SO yummy! They’ve even said this is better than at fancy Italian restaurants. We do add a finely chopped shallot to the butter which adds flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.

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