Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

It's Valentine's Day.  We keep it quite simple around here.  Sometimes my husband and I exchange cards (homemade, printed, or purchased), and sometimes we do not.  However, I always try to do something to let my husband know that he is loved and important to me.

My husband likes food.  He is definitely a meat-and-potatoes man, but he really enjoys pasta, too.  Fettuccine Alfredo is one of his favorites.  Tonight for Valentine's Day dinner, my plan is to have a nice family dinner, complete with tablecloth, a few tea lights, and good food.  (Too bad I do not have any taper candles for a real candle lit dinner.)

Fettuccine Alfredo is very easy to make, and even my fussy children enjoy it.  I was quite surprised at how simple it truly is to make; I make no promises of its health value though.  A friend gave this recipe to me over ten years ago when Derek and I were dating.  It's still a favorite.

Fettuccine Alfredo

16 oz of fettuccine noodles
½ c butter, melted
1 c grated Parmesan cheese
½ c whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta in an extra-large pot, according to directions.  Combine melted butter with remaining ingredients in a medium pot over low heat; mix well.  Stir frequently.  It's done after just a few minutes (when heated through).  Pour sauce over hot pasta and toss lightly.  Serve on warm platter. 

Optional: Add an ounce or two of cream cheese and a clove of crushed garlic. 

To serve with broccoli and/or chicken, double the Alfredo sauce and  then mix sauce and pasta together. Next add cooked broccoli and chicken.  (I have finally figured out that doubling the Alfredo makes this So. Much. Better.)  

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of the few recipes that I make that does not make great leftovers.  Because of this, I usually cut the recipe in half.  We still eat the leftovers instead of wasting, but the butter typically separates from the cheese and cream.

For clarification I make 8 ounces of pasta, a full sauce recipe, and then add chicken and broccoli.  Without the meat and vegetable, there is no need to alter the pasta to sauce ratio.

Last year I made homemade peanut butter cups for Valentine's Day.  They were good, but not easy.  This year, I may try homemade Reese's Bars.  Can you tell that my husband enjoys the blend of peanut butter and chocolate?  

Will you make a special dinner this evening or will you be blessed enough to have it made for you?


  1. We're not actually sure what we're doing today. =D

    Well, we know we're meeting with the insurance adjuster at our house. And then we talked about taking the kids out to their favorite frozen yogurt place which is reserved for special times. But we haven't settled on anything for sure and certain.

    So I guess that makes today a total surprise. ;D

    (I'm with Derek on chocolate and peanut butter. YUM!)

  2. And where's a picture so I can pin this recipe? Hmmmm?


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