When it comes to cooking on a busy weeknight, most people don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. That’s why pasta is a great option, as it can usually be cooked quickly and easily. Fresh pasta, in particular, can be cooked in just a few minutes.

One popular pasta dish is creamy fettuccine Alfredo, which is often served in restaurants. However, you can easily make it at home. Interestingly, the original version of this dish, known as fettuccine al burro, doesn’t actually include any meat or cream. Italian cooks typically don’t add anything like chicken or ham to the dish.


To make the dish, fresh fettuccine pasta is often used, which can be cooked in well-salted boiling water in under 5 minutes. Everything is tossed together and typically doesn’t have cream, although this modern recipe includes it. It’s important to save some pasta water for finishing the dish, which helps to emulsify the sauce and create an extra creamy finish that sticks to the pasta.

While the traditional version of the dish doesn’t include meat, you can always add chicken or ham if that’s your preferred way of enjoying it. So, if you’re a fan of pasta, you’ll definitely want to try this classic Italian dish, whether you stick with the traditional version or opt for the creamier fettuccine Alfredo.

Creamy fettuccine Alfredo recipe


Recipe by Melissa Jacobs

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Global

Difficulty: Moderate

Servings: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 500 g cooked pasta of your choice

  • 250 ml cream

  • 150 ml parmesan cheese

  • 20 ml butter

  • 100 g sliced mushrooms

  • 1 clove fresh garlic, crushed

  • salt

  • pepper

  • chopped parsley


  • To make the creamy mushroom pasta sauce, start by heating butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic.
  • Next, pour in the cream and stir the mixture constantly to prevent any burning. Gradually add in the grated parmesan cheese and gently stir until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the sauce is ready, pour it over your cooked pasta and mix until the pasta is coated evenly. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top for an extra burst of flavor and freshness.
  • To serve, dish out the pasta onto plates and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top. Finish with another sprinkle of parsley and enjoy!


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