Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy and Quick Fettuccine Alfredo that takes just 15 minutes to make! This family favorite recipe includes fettuccine, garlic, parmesan, and whipping cream and is sure to become a go-to dinner idea!

This classic dinner is quick and perfect for picky eaters! Add some chicken to make this even heartier or for a crowd, our Alfredo Casserole is also a must-make. You can never go wrong with this simple meal!

Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo on a white plate.

QUICK + EASY = WIN!

Fettuccine Alfredo happens to be one of the recipes that everyone has a version of. It also happens to be one of my kids’ favorite dinner recipes.

My kids love chicken but not all of them love chicken mixed in, so I thought I would make this easy fettuccine without it (although Baked Chicken or Parmesan Crusted Chicken would be great with this pasta dish).

The recipe is the best and ends up making a delicious Alfredo sauce that everyone loves. And did I mention that it can be made in about 15-20 minutes?

Quick and easy – my favorite kind of meal!

Fettuccine Noodles draining in a yellow colander.

What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Alfredo and Fettuccine?

  • Alfredo is the Italian-American white sauce we all know and love.
  • Fettuccine is the long, skinny pasta most of us like to enjoy with our Alfredo sauce.

Most pastas work well with this delicious white sauce, but apart from Fettuccine, you can also use Linguine or Penne Pastas.

What’s the difference between Alfredo Sauce and White Sauce (Bechamel)?

Both sauces are dairy-based, but White Sauce is thickened with a roux made with butter and flour while Alfredo Sauce uses heavy creamy and is thickened by reduction on the stovetop and not with a roux.

The good thing is both are delicious and both are winners with the family because they’re so yummy!

Homemade Alfredo sauce in a pan.

Homemade Sauce

To make this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, you only need a few ingredients including:

  • butter
  • minced garlic
  • whipping cream
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • garlic pepper (with Parsley flakes) and salt

COOK. The sauce is made by melting 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and then adding the minced garlic to a large skillet on LOW-MEDIUM heat. Let this cook for about a minute and then whisk in the whipping cream.

SIMMER. Bring this to a simmer and then add the Parmesan cheese. The sauce will thicken up.

NOODLES. While you are making the sauce, cook up the fettuccine noodles according to package directions in a large pot. After boiling, drain water and add to sauce. Season with garlic salt and pepper.

You can also mixed in cooked veggies (broccoli is our fav) or top with cooked chicken or shrimp if desired. Garnish or sprinkle with fresh herbs (fresh Parsley, Thyme, etc) to make the dish look even more delicious.

Fettuccine noodles and Alfredo sauce mixed in pan.

FAQ

How to thicken Alfredo sauce? We typically add a little bit more Parmesan cheese which does the trick, but you can also add flour. To make it more thick and cheesy, you can also add ½ – 1 cup shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese before serving.

How to thin Alfredo sauce? You can always add a little pasta water or more heavy cream to thin the sauce.

How to make without cream? If you’re wanting a lighter version of fettuccine alfredo you can substitute the heavy cream. Some good substitutions for heavy cream are milk, half ‘n half, greek yogurt, or cream cheese.

How long does Alfredo last in the fridge? Place your fettuccine Alfredo pasta in an airtight container or covered bowl when you’re ready to store it in the fridge. For best results and taste quality it can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days.

It’s a little tricky but it’s best to reheat it slowly over low heat. Low and slow over the stove. This will help prevent the sauce from separating. Make sure to stir it continuously to keep the sauce together. You can even add a little bit more cream to freshen it up a bit.

Can it be frozen? In my personal opinion, I wouldn’t freeze leftover fettuccine Alfredo. For the best flavor and quality, it should be eaten right away.

If you need to make this recipe ahead of time you could freeze the Alfredo sauce separately from the pasta. Then thaw it when you’re ready to serve and eat. Make fresh pasta to go with the frozen Alfredo sauce.

what to serve with fettuccine

When it comes to sides for this dish, most Italian-style appetizers, sides and salads work. Here are some of our favorites we like to serve with Fettuccine.

Definitely one of our favorite dinner recipes, and we hope you love it as much we do!!

Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe on a white plate.

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Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

5 from 77 votes
Easy and Quick Fettuccine Alfredo that takes just 15 minutes to make! This family favorite recipe includes fettuccine, garlic, parmesan, and whipping cream and is sure to become a go-to dinner idea!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 663 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta
  • 2 TB butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp garlic pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook noodles as directed on package.
  • While noodles are cooking, add 2 TB butter to a pan and let melt. Add minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add whipping cream and bring to a simmer. Add 1 cup Parmesan Cheese and mix well. (Sauce will thicken up)
  • Add pasta and mix until covered. Top with garlic pepper (salt if needed) and more Parmesan Cheese.

Video

Recipe modified from Love, Pomegranate House.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious!! My daughter is a HUGE fettuccine fan. I usually make it every other week, but I do add chicken in which she loves too. Great recipe!!

    1. Thanks, Crystal! Can’t go wrong with Fettuccine, right? I prefer it with chicken but usually leave it out because the kids don’t like it as much with it. :/

  2. This looks delish! It’s very similar to the recipe I use, but I always add a pinch of nutmeg…sounds crazy, but it works I swear!

    1. We used nutmeg *just a pinch* when I was sous chef in an authentic Old-World Italian restaurant back in Massachusetts. I’ve yet to see another Alfredo recipe that calls for nutmeg in the ingredients. Try it, the difference is subtle but noticeable.

  3. 5 stars
    I made the fettuccine last night for a dinner party; it was delicious and SO easy! Thank you!! That is definitely a keeper. So glad to have found this site!!

    1. You could try greek yogurt, mashed avocado, hummus..just depends on what you like 🙂 Hope that helps!

  4. I noticed in your ingredient’s you have garlic powder listed. Then in your directions you wrote garlic pepper. Which one do you use ?

  5. Love the look of all your recipes. However, if you could please put the Weight Watchers Freestyle Points in the recipe, it would be most helpful.
    Thank you

  6. 5 stars
    I have made this quite a few times, now. it is our favorite. I love how easy it is to make & it’s so creamy. we love adding chicken to make even more filling! my kids & hubby love it!

  7. 5 stars
    I love the recipes that dont require much effort. Especially when Im in a rush. I try to always have my most favorIte ingredients around. This recipe has all my favorIte stuff and its ready in 15 minutes.

  8. 5 stars
    I always have the ingredients on hand for this recipe. It comes together quickly and everybody loves it. One of the best and fastest recipes.

  9. 5 stars
    when my DAUGHTER is in charge of dinner, this is the recipe she loves to make! She loves noodles (pasta) and enjoys making this RECIPE.

  10. 5 stars
    Just made this past weekend. So delicious, dinner party friendly with kid appeal. So yummy as sauce on pizza too.

  11. 5 stars
    Fantastic!!! Fool proof and takes hardly any time to put this all together. My kids who are picky about their pasta gave a thumbs up!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. The video should show up for you under the “Quick + Easy = Win!” heading if you’re on a desktop/laptop and on a device, it shows up at the beginning of the post close to the image of the meal.

  12. 5 stars
    This has become a “go to” recipe in our household. It’s delicious simple or your can add cooked mushrooms, peas, chicken, bacon, or ham. Excellent, easy, and always delicious! Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    This is the simplest recipe. My family always welcomes it when I make this for dinner! So creamy and garlicky!

  14. 5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this amazing and super easy to make beef barley recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  15. 5 stars
    Quick, easy and delicious. Paired with grilled shrimp, arugula salad and garlic bread. Just perfect.