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Classic Fettuccine Alfredo is easy, creamy, delicious comfort food. Rich Parmesan and silky ricotta combine to thicken this garlicky sauce that is simple enough for a weeknight and fancy enough for a romantic dinner at home.
Ingredients for Fettuccine Alfredo:
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. garlic (2-3 cloves)
1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups milk (or half-n-half)
1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups finely shredded Parmesan
1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
Optional Ingredients for Fettuccine Alfredo:
parsley (fresh or dried)
grilled chicken, shrimp, sausage
fresh black pepper
In a saucepan over medium heat combine 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Add 1 tablespoon flour to make a roux. Cook flour until light golden in color.
Gradually add milk (or half-n-half) to roux while stirring continuously.
Mixture will not be that thick. Don’t worry.
Lower heat to medium-low and stir in 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
Mixture will begin to thicken and bubble. Do not allow to boil.
Stir in minced garlic allow to cook a few minutes more.
Add ricotta cheese and incorporate. Mixture will be thickened.
Give a taste and adjust seasonings and consistency. Add more milk/half-n-half and Parmesan cheese as needed. For extra richness, stir in 1 tablespoon butter just before serving.
Serve over cooked Fettuccine noodles. Dress it up with a crack of black pepper, a sprinkling of parsley and grilled chicken if desired. Makes 1 1/2 cups Alfredo sauce. Served over noodles, makes 4 side dish servings or 2-3 entree servings.
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