Saturday, January 22, 2011

Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo

From Great American Recipes.  A quick and very easy pasta dish for those days when cooking is a drag.  It is so yummy that nobody will notice you were not in the mood while whipping up the meal.


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese  (originally written for 2 cups but it tends to get too cheesy)
1 box (1 pound) fettucine ( I use spaghetti for this post, did not notice I run out of fettuccine until its too late)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Fresh basil leaves


1. Place butter in a large heatproof bowl.  Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer set on low speed, beat until smooth.  Add the cream and Parmesan cheese.  Stir until well blended; set aside.

2. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook according to package directions.  Drain well and immediately add the hot pasta to the butter mixture in the large bowl.  Using two forks, toss the fettuccine in the butter mixture to coat well.  Add the salt and pepper.

3. Divide the pasta between 4 serving plates.  Quickly slice the basil into shreds to equal 1/4 cup.  Sprinkle shredded basil over each serving.  Serve immediately.

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