Get out your stretchy pants. This creamy recipe is packed with flavor and calories, and it's so worth it.

The classic Italian dishes you'll find at any restaurant include spaghetti marinara, linguini with meatballs, and, of course, fettuccine alfredo. The wide, flat fettuccine noodles are just perfect for this dish. They soak up the flavor while the creamy goodness of the alfredo sticks right to the noodles.

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry fettuccine pasta
  • 6 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 c. finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Nutmeg (to taste)

Instructions:

Cook the fettuccine, according to package directions, in a pot of salty water. 

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the cream, and stir to combine. Keep warm on the lowest burner setting. 

When the pasta is done, lift the pasta out of the water using tongs. Do not drain the pasta. Place the pasta into the butter/cream mixture and stir to combine. You want the pasta dripping with water as you transfer it to the skillet. Turn off the burner, and stir to combine. Add half of the parmesan cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese is well incorporated. Stir in remaining cheese.

To serve, top with a light sprinkle of black pepper and nutmeg (optional). 

Serve with a salad and garlic bread and enjoy engaging conversation over this classic dish.

While the flavor is incredible and hits the spot, you might want to consider reserving fettuccine alfredo for just one or two meals a year. Seriously. Between the butter and cream, this recipe contains a load of calories.

But the calories are worth it on special occasions. Whether you're making a special meal for someone you love on your anniversary or inviting some friends over for some solid comfort food, the recipe for fettuccine alfredo won't let you down.

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