Fettuccine Alfredo was one of the first “fancy” recipes I learned to cook post college. In addition to being a personal favorite of mine, this meal requires only a few ingredients and can be made rather quickly. It’s the perfect dish to build some kitchen confidence.
I like making fresh fettuccine noodles for this dish. I think it helps to make it a little more special. Making fresh pasta dough is very easy and can be ready to cook in under 45 minutes. Using fresh dough also allows the sauce to really adhere and seep into the pasta.
I add broccoli to my fettuccine Alfredo every time I make it. I like the crunch slightly al dente broccoli gives to the soft, fresh fettuccine noodles. It also adds a welcome green burst to combat the richness of this dish. My Alfredo sauce is heavy on the Parmesan cheese and it coats the broccoli florets perfectly, oozing into every nook and cranny.
Though not typical in Alfredo sauce, I add a garlic clove. It pairs nicely with the stars of this dinner, Parmesan, cream, broccoli and of course, the fresh pasta. The end result is a silky, tender pasta covered in a cheesy and rich sauce with hints of pepper and garlic. Yum!
1 lb fresh pasta dough, cut into fettuccine
2-3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2-3 bunches broccoli florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove
pinch of nutmeg
salt + pepper
Use a pasta machine or knife to cut your pasta into fettuccine, set aside on a sheet pan dusted with semolina so the pasta won’t stick together.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. While waiting, prepare ingredients for Alfredo sauce and steam broccoli until it just begins to become tender.
Heat olive oil and butter in a saute pan. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding flour. Continue cooking flour and garlic mixture for another minute or two.
Whisk in heavy cream until smooth. When the sauce begins to bubble around the sides, add the Parmesan. Continue cooking sauce on low until it reaches desired thickness. Add dash of nutmeg and salt + pepper to taste.
When water is boiling, salt the water. Add pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook pasta.
Drain pasta well and add it with the broccoli to the Alfredo sauce. Cook together for a few minutes, remove from heat and serve.