Easy Classic Fettuccine Alfredo With Variations

Fettuccine Alfredo recipe

The Spruce

  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
680 Calories
23g Fat
94g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 680
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 496mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 23g
Calcium 278mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a simple, classic fettuccine Alfredo recipe made with butter and Parmesan cheese. 

This can be made with half-and-half or light cream, but use heavy cream or whipping cream for the richest sauce.

The pasta and sauce take just minutes to prepare and cook, and it is a rich and delicious pasta dish. 

Fettuccine Alfredo is great with ham or chicken, or add some steamed peas or broccoli florets. It's excellent with garlic as well. See the tips and variations below for more ideas.


  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper or freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cook the fettuccine noodles in boiling salted water following package directions.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, bring the cream just to the boiling point. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Drain the fettuccine well and add to the cream in the sauté pan. With the pan over medium heat, toss well and add butter pieces, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. Toss again while heating through. 

  5. Serve the pasta with steamed vegetables or salad and more grated or shredded Parmesan cheese. Garnish the fettuccine Alfredo with chopped flat leaf parsley.

Tips and Variations

  • Toss the pasta and sauce with about 1 cup of steamed fresh or frozen peas.

  • Add 1 to 2 cups of steamed broccoli florets to the pasta and sauce mixture.

  • Add 1/2 to 1 cup of diced cooked ham along with  steamed fresh or frozen peas.

  • Toss the pasta and sauce with about 1/4 cup of sliced green onion tops.

  • With Garlic: Saute 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced, in half of the butter for about 2 minutes. Add to the cream along with the remaining butter pieces and continue with the recipe.

  • With Chicken: Slice 4 chicken tenderloins into small pieces. Brown the chicken in a skillet in a small amount of vegetable oil or butter. Sprinkle with seasoned salt or Cajun or Creole seasoning. Toss the cooked chicken with the fettuccine and sauce.