Fettuccini Alfredo in its centennial year

Do you have a romantic dinner coming up? Perhaps you are celebrating an anniversary? Or maybe you want to have a celebratory dinner for someone's birthday or graduation? Fettucini Alfredo is always a popular dish no matter what the...

Do you have a romantic dinner coming up? Perhaps you are celebrating an anniversary? Or maybe you want to have a celebratory dinner for someone's birthday or graduation? Fettucini Alfredo is always a popular dish no matter what the occasion. There doesn't even need to be a special reason why!

Fettuccini Alfredo
Fettuccini Alfredo

A little bit of History

A version of the dish we know as fettuccini alfredo has been around for centuries, enjoyed by Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, according to the New York Times. The familiar dish made with butter and parmesan cheese was developed by an Italian restaurant owner named Alfredo di Lelio in 1914, it is said to help his pregnant wife digest food easier. The technique was to add butter before and after the pasta was put in the serving pan.

The first Americans who are recorded as having enjoyed the dish were Hollywood actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who ate at Di Lelio’s restaurant in Rome during their honeymoon in 1920. The two presented Di Lelio with a golden fork and spoon and a picture of themselves eating the signature dish. The two brought the recipe back to Hollywood where they would cook it for its guests and sing its praises.

Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

While fettuccini alfredo is better known as fettuccini alla Romana in its native Rome has become wildly popular in the United States, second perhaps only to spaghetti and tomato sauce. This is despite the fact that this creamy, decadent goodness is pretty much a heart attack on a steaming plate.

American versions of fettuccini alfredo are sometimes very different from the original recipe developed by Di Lelio. Some add cream as well as other kinds of cheeses such as asiago and romano. Some types of the dish are served with the addition of grilled chicken or shrimp or sometimes vegetables such as peas.

Whatever form fettuccini alfredo comes in, 2014 is the centennial of the dish first made famous in Rome just before the outbreak of World War I.

Simple and Delicious Fettucini Alfredo recipe

Here is an easy and popular Fettucini Alfredo recipe that anyone can make. You don't need to be an expert chef to make this delicious meal.

Note: This recipe is designed for four servings. You make need to adjust the quantities of the ingredients depending on how many people you are preparing for.

One great thing about this recipe is that it doesn't require many ingredients at all. In fact you may have most of these ingredients stocked in your kitchen. Who would have thought?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 -8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 6 ounces of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground black pepper

Please note that this ingredient list doesn't have the pasta on it! This recipe is for the sauce to put on your fettucini.

Directions:

  1. Melt the 1/2 cup of butter butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Next add the cream cheese and garlic powder. Tip: Using a whisk can work better than a spoon and help make the mixture smooth.
  3. Then add the milk, in small quantities.As you mix in the milk use the whisk to stir out any lumps.
  4. Next stir in the Parmesan cheese and the pepper.
  5. Remove from heat when sauce is completed mixed. Note: Once removed from the heat the sauce will thicken rapidly.

Tips and Tricks:

  • It can take practice, but for best results try to time the pasta so that it is done cooking once the sauce thickens adequately.
  • If your sauce thickens too much, too quickly, you can add additional milk to thin it. However, proceed with caution because you don't want to end up with a thin or runny sauce.
  • If you would like a lower calorie meal this recipe also works well with skim milk and low fat cream cheese.

If this recipe doesn't suite your taste. Here is another fettucini aflredo recipe to try. This one is slightly more complicated, but has slightly different ingredients.

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