Fettuccine Alfredo

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions
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Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Drain.

Stir 2 cups of the cream and the lemon juice in a heavy large skillet to blend. Add the butter and cook over medium heat just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Add the pasta and toss. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cream, and Parmesan to the cream sauce in the skillet. Add the lemon zest, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. Toss the pasta mixture over low heat until the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.


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Way, way, way too much lemon.  The result was a bitter sauce that was not very pleasing and that did not do justice to my homemade, prosciutto stuffed ravioli.  I added more cream....more cheese...garlic....salt...and some more cream, but just could't overcome all of that lemon.  Next time I'll stick to a bit of zest and maybe a tablespoon of the juice.  We still enjoyed our meal (a gallon of Chardonnay always helps things along) but I wish I would have read these reviews first.  Next time I'll try harder to not be mesmerized by Giada and concentrate more on what I'm cooking!  ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW, I loved it!  Used fresh squeezed lemon juice and it was fantastic!  Have been looking at this recipe for a while and so glad I finally made it. This will be my go to Alfredo sauce recipe from now on! Thanks Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to agree about the lemon.  I just wish I would have read the reviews before I made the dish for my kids because they came home from school starving only to complain how awful it was.  So I immediately grilled a flat iron steak and served it on top of the pasta and that helped a lot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the worst thing I have ever eaten. The overwhelming taste of lemon completely ruined my meal. What a disaster; was making a special dinner for my wife, spent a fortune on the finest ingredients and we could not eat a bite. Giada, please pack your knives and go. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my this was nasty. Tasted like lemon pledge or something equally non-edible. Sorry Giada, love your show, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fettuccine Alfredo is a specialty of mine, and I looked at this recipe to compare. Glancing at the ingredient list, I saw lemon juice and lemon zest and I thought, "That's not standard." Then I took a closer look and I saw it call for half a cup of lemon juice! That's what? Three lemons? Insane! Just to be clear, fettuccine Alfredo has no lemon. If you want lemon, sprinkle half of one on grilled chicken breasts or shrimp, which is going to taste pretty good, but don't put any in the Alfredo sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
way too much lemon, you do not need lemon in here item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted like lemon pound cake mixed with pasta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe without the lemon. If you want to lighten it up, add some mixed greens on the side with the lemon vinaigrette from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/parmesan-chicken-recipe.html item not reviewed by moderator and published
way too much lemon juice!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lemon doesn't belong here. While I loved it, my hubby HATED it. Now he thinks that ALL of Giada's recipes have too much lemon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy (provided you can follow directions and use the proper ingredients). Anyone that says this sauce was too thin was NOT using heavy cream, real butter, and real parm. This is NOT a recipe for a can of pre-grated kraft parm nor bottled lemon juice. Watch the video above, follow exactly, and you can't go wrong. And the nice thing is that this recipe os a perfect canvas for almost any meat of vege that you would like to toss in (pre cooked) at the last minute. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so delicious! I made a double batch for a party and it was a hit. Made it again tonight with chicken, bacon and broccoli. So good! The lemon makes this dish! I can't understand why anyone says that ruins it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My go to fettuccine Alfredo recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This sounds wonderful and is perfect for our family as some have egg allergies item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely love this dish! I added shrimp and family loved it. This has become a regular time, within reason due to the calorie/fat levels. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While I am sure this recipe nets a lovely pasta dish, you know that a true Fettuccini Alfredo does not have any cream in it, Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm wondering if some of the reviewers complaining about too much lemon juice might have used bottled lemon juice instead of fresh. That would make a huge difference. And this dish is ALWAYS finished off with a touch of nutmeg. I thought it was wonderful - the lemon took me back to the Amalfi coast (sigh). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, Just add chicken, red pepper, snow peas and broccoli for a complete dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those saying too much lemon, I agree. Skip the lemon juice, just add the zest. It brightens the sauce without overpowering it or making it too thin, and balances the richness of the heavy cream and butter. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Easy to make and my kids loved it too and they are tough ones to satisfy . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too much lemon... first time in my life I made a nasty pasta dish. It tasted sour, my husband threw his first bite in the garbage. Ewww Waste of ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a killer recipe. Absolutely the best alfredo I've ever had. I did have to make it three times to actually get it right. I didn't add enough lemon the last two times. Once I added more the third, it was perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't get the sauce to thicken...we loved the lemon but just wasn't crazy about the thinness of the sauce, and I followed it exactly. Gotta figure this out! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love alfredo and are pretty picky about the taste, texture, and thickness of the sauce. This recipe was so easy and delicious! It will become my go-to for alfredo! Thank you Giatta! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Refreshing Alfredo sauce item not reviewed by moderator and published
UNBELIEVABLY delicious and very easy. Yummiest alfredo sauce EVER. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wasn't sure how this would taste with all the lemon flavor, but i followed the recipe and it came out so good. I was pleasantly surprised at the delicious taste the lemon added, it was not overpowering. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the BEST alfredo I have ever tasted. So good. The lemon was perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and I always get rave reviews. Being from New Mexico I also add roasted green chile and the lemon really makes it work. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DO NOT MAKE THIS!!! it is terrible. Should be called Fettuccine Picatta! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worst thing I have ever tasted! 1/2 cup of lemon is way too much! sauce was way too thin. I would not recommend make this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down, the best alfredo sauce ever. Light, vibrant, fresh, yet still rich and decadent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
nutmeg ;'never thought of that , will try ,wisk in an egg when you can item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made it, very simple and delicious, the lemon juice makes a different, I added chicken. Most of the time, I don't follow the measurement as the recipes says, always add a little bit of the ingredients and then try it, that's why the lemon juice came out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Giada for the wonderful secret to a fantastic Alfredo sauce!!!! I absolutely love lemon, and never thought to add to this pasta sauce! So wonderfully light tasting. Added oven roasted garlic shrimp - was fantastic!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will try this one. Funny that its NOT an Italian dish lol. Still great though. Try Fettuccine in Bianco. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome; the first time I ever made alfredo I used this recipe and I've never used another since. The nutmeg is something I wouldn't have thought of and it's genius! Everyone is saying that there is too much lemon... do you want it to taste like plain heavy cream? The lemon gives it the brightness it needs and it's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The original recipe is awesome, Made it for my family and it was hit! I added some cut-up chicken breast (pre-seasoned with salt, pepper and smokey paprika, broccoli, mushrooms, and home-grown spinach to give it a healthier and more filling kick to it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best fettuccine alfredo I have had outside of the south of Italy. Maybe the best. It is something that is very different from the heavy sauces you find in most restaurants probably due to the brightness of the lemon juice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best recipe EVER!!!! I read the reviews first and cut the lemon to less than 1/4 cup. I added chicken breast to mine and it came out AWESOME! I know I won't be going to expensive restaurants for this meal. It was so simple and fabulous left overs for lunch the next day. Enjoy! Keep Calm & Eat On! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Except for the lemon. I cooked this for my wife's company picnic and Had to double the recipe. I listened to everyone else's comments and didn't add but a tblsn of lemon juice and it was perfect! I also varied it by sautéing a pound of cleaned fresh shrimp in a butter garlic sauce and adding the shrimp in at the same time as adding the fettuccine. People at her work all wanted the recipe! Second time I made it for us I added shredded roast chicken breast, and again perfect. It makes a lot, so withe the leftovers I added a few pinches of curry when reheating it and served it as a side dish. Just LEAVE OUT THAT MUCH LEMON! item not reviewed by moderator and published
EW SO MUCH LEMON. EXNAY THE LEMON! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy lemon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
<3 <3 <3 the LEMON <3 <3 <3 I use fresh Meyer Lemons from my trees. I cut the butter in 1/2. This is one of my families favorite dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent!!! I however did not put any lemon in it as I knew my husband probably wouldn't like it with it. It came out great!! I can't believe how easy it was. He actually said it tasted like it was from a restaurant! I also am going to try adding mushrooms next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
way to much lemon..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Alfredo sauce but never made it at home. This dish was DELISH.. So glad I read the reviews and I reduced the lemon juice to 1 tbsp. My family and I cleaned our plates. My son helped me prepare the dish he thought the sauce was too soupy. It was perfect as is and believe me he ate it. I add grille shrimp for a protein. YUM!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish I would have read the reviews first! I just made this, and I have to agree with most of the other reviews.. too much lemon! My mother said that true fettuccine should have that taste of tang, but my taste buds didn't agree! I added more parm cheese to cut down the lemon, which helped a little! But still, cut down the lemon to half the amount or cut it out completely and this recipe is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe, you should never buy jarred sauce again this is so easy and delish. I did reduce the lemon and added garlic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dinner on this chilly and rainy night in Boston. I followed the advice of other reviewers regarding the lemon. I topped it with some sautéed shrimp. My family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious, I read the previous reviews and only added about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was perfect. When looking for a recipe I always search Giada's first. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everything about this recipe was great on paper except the lemon. Giada is a great chef though she ruined alfredo with too much of one ingredient. I feel like this was a discrace to the two cups of reggiano which should have been the star flavor of the dish. I tried to cover up the lemon with more parm and black pepper and it was still too pungent. Thanks for ruining a great Italian favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
did not like it at all. . . item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I should have read the reviews first! The amount of lemon called for made this recipe inedible. I will try it again with about 1 tbsp of lemon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my dad's birthday and we were all in heaven.I love your show Giada! Thank you so much for this recipe.I loved the lemon in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would give it 5 stars but a little less lemon in the recipe would make it perfect! My friends didnt like the original recipe very much item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use this recipe often, but omit the lemon. If you are going to add lemon I would suggest adding a little at a time and taste to your liking. The entire amount called for may make you not want to ever make this recipe again. I recommend without the lemon. Yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
Should have read the reviews first! I agree with the too much lemon for my taste...adding flavor is one thing but overpowering is a different thing. Also a little too thin for my liking. Tried adding more cheese but didnt seem to help much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much lemon in this Alfredo Sauce recipe, maybe it was just my taste but all my friends hated it. Cut the lemon in half and maybe it will taste normal item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really delicious recipe. I did not use all the butter as well. But I love the lemon flavor. It's definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must say this dish is very very very rich. i enjoyed it! I am not very fond of butter, so i used half the amount called. they say the butter floats to the top, and it does until the sauce is formed from the heavy cream and butter. once you add the butter constantly stir and the sauce will form. thirdly go easy on the lemon, or serve on the side. Some of my guest were not enjoying the random taste of lemon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used less butter and add chicken this is so delicious! Everyone who has tried this loved it! My mother in law is asking for me to make it for Christmas. We'll be adding some broccoli this time love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turned out wonderfully. I used 1/4 cup lemon juice which was perfect. I also added a cup of white cheddar shredded cheese and cut the parm cheese in half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with many other raters that this recipe has way too much butter. I've made it twice now, and the second time I cut the butter by a half and it was still floating around on my plate when I finished eating it. Even with less butter, the taste is still great, but I think is too greasy for me. I may try again with almost no butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! I cut the lemon by half, using 1 1/2 lemon plus the zest of one lemon. Added grilled chicken on top and it was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for lunch today paired with a low glucose noodle. carbs for spaghetti noodles was 5. It was so delicious. Will make again when craving the alfredo type of sauce . the noodles did not taste any different than the usual but were 3 times the cost...well worth it to watch the intake of carbs if you are a diabetic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dish was very creamy and tasty. Thank you!!! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish came out so perfect! I added steamed broccoli and chicken to it at the end when it was completely prepared, however I recommend not putting the 1/2 cup of heavy cream in at the end, its perfect without it, if you do add it i suggest putting in a tad bit more lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I only added more cream to it because i kept it on the stove for a long time and over time on the stove the sauce becomes less moist. Overall, this is the best Fettuccine Alfredo I've ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would love this recipe except for the excessive lemon juice. I will try this again with less than 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/2 cup is overpowering. Other than that, the sauce turned out OK! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never order Fettuccine Alfredo out because it's always way too heavy and rich. The lemon in this recipe changed all that. It gives it a freshness and lightness that you wouldn't normally associate with Fettuccine Alfredo. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of cream and butter but the lemon just makes it. Some people said the sauce was to thin. If that's the case, simmer it for longer till you get the perfect consistency. Scrumptious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a fan of the lemon.... We ate it because there was no point in wasting it... but I won't be making it again.... :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry Giada. I'll take packaged box mix over this recipe. To much lemon and way to oily. It ended up in the garbage disposal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was skeptical about the lemon but used half of what the recipe called for. Did not like it. Did not thicken well. Nutmeg was a nice flavor though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually love Giada's recipes....but not this one. I thought the lemon made the cream taste sour....I even checked the date on my heavy cream! It is good for two more weeks so that wasn't it. Looking at other recipes, I don't see any that use lemon. This is the only bad experience I have had with Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would NEVER make this again. Too lemony and very thin. Would not call this alfredo at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved it!!! let me tell you, you MUST, let me repeat you MUST use fresh pasta or else it will not be as awesome, or the flavors can not with stand dried pasta, but it was delicious, and very very fast and easy it takes you about 10 min or less to make the whole thing, but depending on home much lemon you like in there do not put all of it in at one time, put half then go from there and add more if needed, but i loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding recipe, for the most part did it just as the recipe was except for cutting back to a 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice. Next time will probably try it with a 1/3 cup to see how it is. Also added some of the pasta water prior to draining the pasta and added that to the cream sauce to thin it just a bit this way it doesn't get to thick. Otherwise was perfect. Everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is undoubtedly my favorite Alfredo recipe!!! I would give it TEN stars, if I could. I have made it for friends and family and the result is always the same: nothing short of rapture. All the flavors are well-balanced and the lemon gives it a refreshing, light quality that I've not experienced previously or subsequently. It is CRIMINAL to even think of opening a jar of Alfredo sauce (unless Giada, herself, made it after having experienced this fresh, homemade version. Yum, yum, yum! Giada, you rock! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live in Italy and I just made this dish for my fiance's Italian family and they liked it but I wouldn't say they loved it...however I loved it! I took advice from other reviewers before I made this dish and I halved the lemon juice and used 4 T. less butter. I thought the lemon flavor (1/4 c. was perfect, however next time I will be adding a hefty amount of salt for more flavor. I did add a whole garlic clove when I was making the sauce to add to the taste, and took it out before mixing the pasta in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. Will make my alfredo like this from here on out! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok, but way too much lemon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest and BEST recipe ever. IT WILL THICKEN, just keep tossing : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been searching for a really good alfredo for years, this was by far the best that I have found. I have a picky 7 year old who asked for 2nds .... we do have allergies so I didnt add any lemon at all but it was still yummy!!! and so easy to make. Thank u Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was such an easy and delicious recipe. I always read reviews for helpful hints before trying a new recipe. I did cut back on lemon juice as suggested and used only one tablespoon. I will add this to my list of favorite recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I manke Fettuccine Alfredo, but i never put lemon juice it it was great will not do it my way again thank. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe! I am never buying jarred Alfredo sauce again!! I followed the advise of previous reviews and reduced the amount of lemon juice and I watched the video before I started to cook. I liked how all the flavors came together with the lemon juice and the nutmeg. Thank you Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It needs to have one tablespoon of lemon...if any at all. Garlic was a nice add to it. Also add chicken because chicken alfredo is much better!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut the lemon in half but was still too strong, to make things much worst it was way too buttery, the pasta came out shiny from the 12 tablespoons of butter, I felt like throwing up after I had a few bites (I must have done something wrong as no one else commented on the butter quantity. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much lemon and cheese for sure. Next time I would reduce the amount of lemon and cheese; add more cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it has too much lemon in it, I would cut the amount of lemon in half. Have had better Alfredo sauces for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! The nutmeg and lemon gave it a little something special! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought my fettuccine needed garlic until trying this recipe. Delicious!!!! Will definitely use this recipe again and again!!! Can't wait to share it with my family and friends! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so easy to make and so delicious. The lemon flavor in the alfredo makes it so it's not such a heavy dish. But really, how can you go wrong with all that cream and butter? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!! This was such a great dish. Ofcourse I tweaked it a little since I only had 1 c. of Parm I substitued the second cup with a mix of cheddar and mozarella and also added pan fried zucchini slices and chunks of chicken breast. Might see if I can make it "lower fat" (if possible! next time. Great recipe Giada : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now,this is the recipe Am comfortable with~true Fettucine Al Fredo.So,prepare Very Few Times in the Year.Substitute what Am Allergic to and keep the Rest. It has the creamiest Flavours and Filling.Heat bowls w/Hot Water prior to keep from "seizing" Pasta.Just warn Guests.Play around w/Cheeses.Asiago is a Great One as is Manchego.Grate same as "Parm".Pour hot water out of bowls and try to get excess water out.Very important.Not for Every week,yet Giada knows Pasta the Best.Delicioso,Ciao Bella item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo delicious!!! as always... I love it! Thanks Giada you inspire me : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it...and very close to the video recipe on my site. Great rich dish. I didn't use any of the lemon juice, but liked the zest. Good call. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think is awesome but is it just me or way too much butter?? The next day its very buttery heated up... I make it alot and am making it again tonite, we love the lemon item not reviewed by moderator and published
You don't know how to cook then... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Point of clarification: Here in Florida, I get a half cup of lemon juice from ONE really juicy, fresh lemon and it is mild tasting, not too tart. So maybe it just depends on what type of lemon you're using, and whether it's "just picked" stored at room temperature, or has been in your refrigerator for a month. Just a thought . . . PS - I agree that lemon juice is not an ingredient typically associated with fettuccine Alfredo, and using the bottled stuff would be really, REALLY nasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
any ideas on what to do to counteract the lemon taste? more butter? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We found it to be way too lemon-y the first time we made it, now we just add maybe a teaspoon of lemon juice and no zest and it's perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You should completely omit the lemon. It's non-standard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know right. lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you watched the video, that's exactly what she said. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No, she doesn't care about that -- she wants to perceive herself as better than Giada by finding an excuse to be righteous and dis her recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yes, you are so right! I've always been a lemon lover, but her recipes have an overpowering amount of lemon. Zest is all you need to brighten it up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What?? What did you do?? That pasta is delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watch the video, use the proper ingredients, and add the pasta before it's al dente. It's real easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree . This is the worst lemonade Fettuccine I've ever had . My family of five walked away tonight hungry. My son said he almost threw up after one bite. I can tell with out the lemon this would be a good recipe. Except the sauce is almost as runny as water. I have never had something as gross as this. For us lemon and fettuccine DO NOT MIX item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watch the video, use the proper ingredients, and add the pasta before it's al dente. It's real easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watch the video, use the proper ingredients, and add the pasta before it's al dente. It's real easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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