What is Fettuccine Alfredo?
Fettuccine alfredo is a staple of the Italian food palette. Even most children, who are known to be some of the world’s pickiest eaters, will gladly eat this creamy pasta dish. Though its flavors are complex, this famous dish is actually quite simple. According to Merriam-Webster, fettuccine alfredo is “a dish consisting of fettuccine with butter, Parmesan cheese, cream, and seasonings.”
The Origins of This Legendary Dish
According to Kimberly Kohatsu in HuffPost, the dish was developed in 1914 by Italian chef Alfredo di Lelio as something his pregnant wife could eat without making her sick. Fast forward to 1920 when two newlywed American actors were honeymooning in Italy and dined in Chef Alfredo’s restaurant. They ordered the dish, got the recipe and brought it back to the states where it has become one of the most popular pasta dishes.
What makes the dish so unique is its simplicity. It was originally made as something tasty but not too heavy. This is very appealing to many appetites beyond pregnant women. What has made fettuccine alfredo endure for so many years in many households is that it is very inexpensive and quick to prepare. It can be made and served in its most basic form in less than a half hour, which is very appealing to working families.
How to Prepare
Delish suggests a quick and tasty way to prepare fettuccine alfredo is to boil and salt a pot of water and cook the pasta as the package directs. Save about a cup of water when draining. Cook a half cup of heavy cream and a half cup of butter until it is melted. Mix in a half cup of grated parmesan cheese and blend until it creates a sauce. Pour the sauce into the cooked pasta until it is fully coated with the sauce. If it’s too thick, add the reserved water a teaspoon at a time. Season it to your taste and enjoy!
Many people enjoy adding some protein to the dish. Adding chicken or shrimp to the cooked fettuccine alfredo is a popular variation. Another popular variation on this classic dish is adding Cajun seasoning. There are also recipes for baked chicken fettuccine alfredo for those looking for a more casserole-like dining experience.