Traditional Roman fettucine Alfredo doesn't contain a drop of cream or milk, so whether you have none in your refrigerator or you are a traditionalist, this is the recipe for you. Just because there's no cream, however, doesn't mean it isn't over the top with richness and flavor.
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
6 ounces Parmesan, freshly grated (about 2 cups)
1 pound dried fettuccine
Freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Put the butter and cheese in a large bowl and set aside.
Add the fettuccine to the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, according to the package instructions for al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta and add it to the large bowl. Using tongs, gently toss the pasta with the butter and cheese, adding pasta water as necessary to create a creamy looking sauce. Top with a few grinds of pepper.
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