Better Than Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

03.23.2012

Comfort food at it’s best, creamy and utterly satisfying Fettuccine Alfredo!  Simple to make yet exquisitely divine.  This dish to me is proof of how a few basic ingredients can create an unforgettable dish.  An exciting meal doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be incredible.


In my opinion this Fettuccine Alfredo is better than that of Olive Garden’s.  You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make, you could have it made 5 times before you’d have it plated in front of you ready to eat at Olive Garden =).  Also, with this recipe you can basically feed your entire family for what it costs to buy one bowl of it at Olive Garden.  That’s one reason I created this recipe, I’d rather make it myself at a lower cost.
Another way I love to enjoy this dish is with diced, grilled chicken breast.  So, if you’d like to add a protein to your meal toss in some seasoned grilled chicken.  You could even add in steak or shrimp for delicious alternative protein options, if desired.  I hope you and your family or friends enjoy this alfredo as much as I do!  Watch my future posts for my other Olive Garden recipe favorites: their bread sticks and salad (I’ve said it before home-made croutons make every salad better, the home made version is awesome.  Not to mention you don’t have to be stingy with the tomatoes and olives like they are).
PS all you professional chefs out their don’t judge my recipe =), I know I used two thickening agents and that isn’t so common.  But, when you are the chef/recipe creator you get to make it exactly as you like which is what I did here.  I wanted the thickness of about 5-6 egg yolks without the added fats and cholesterol.  Some of you may be thinking whats the point with a dish this hearty, but I say every calorie counts.  I love how this sauce uses half milk, half cream and no butter.  Many Alfredo sauce recipes use all cream, add butter and sometimes even add cream cheese, for a pasta sauce that’s too thick and shockingly fattening.  So, I guess you could say this Alfredo sauce is slightly lightened up, a great bonus.

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Better Than Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

4 from 1 vote

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (you can add an additional 1/4 tsp for more garlic flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 2 oz freshly , finely grated Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz freshly , finely grated Romano Cheese (1/2 cup), plus more for serving
  • 2 oz freshly , finely grated Mozzarella Cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper , to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley , for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lb Fettuccine Pasta , uncooked

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package, scoop out and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water into a small bowl before draining.
  2. In a large saucepan combine cream and milk. Scoop out and reserve 1/4 cup cream mixture into a small mixing bowl. Scoop out and reserve another 1/4 cup cream mixture into a separate small mixing bowl. Bring cream mixture in saucepan to a simmer over medium heat (a gentle bubble just below boiling). Reduce heat to medium low. Add 3 egg yolks to one of the small mixing bowls containing 1/4 cup cream mixture and stir egg yolks until very well blended, about 30 seconds. Add 2 tsp cornstarch to separate small mixing bowl containing remaining 1/4 cup cream mixture, whisk mixture until well blended and smooth. Add 1/4 cup hot cream mixture from saucepan to egg yolk mixture and blend, then add 1/4 cup hot cream mixture to cornstarch mixture and blend. Pour both mixtures into hot cream mixture in saucepan. Cook mixture over medium low heat for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle in garlic powder, onion powder, salt and finely grated cheeses. Cook, stirring constantly until cheese has melted. Thin sauce, if desired with pasta water that was reserved (I only add 2 Tbsp pasta water, just add to your desired consistency).
  3. Pour Alfredo sauce over drained pasta, toss to evenly coat. Plate and garnish with additional grated Romano Cheese, optional chopped fresh parsley and sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

34 comments

  • grandcannon: This was super easy to make! It really turned out delicious as well. The scooping and tempering wasn’t hard at all for those concerned. Great recipe. Love the blog! March 26, 2012 at 10:23am Reply

  • Jaclyn: anonymous – I believe to reach the right consistency it is. It sounds like more work than it is, it really is quite simple to make. Beside you are tempering the egg yolks the same time as adding the cornstarch so it’s not like there’s really any extra work added. Again it just sounds like extra work, if you try it I think you’ll understand what I’m trying to say =). March 26, 2012 at 9:50am Reply

  • Anonymous: I love fettuccine alfredo … but this seems like WAY too much work. Is all that scooping and tempering really necessary? March 26, 2012 at 8:36am Reply

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok: I love pasta, this sounds delicious. Have saved for another day, thanks. March 26, 2012 at 3:56am Reply

  • MyFudo™: I love this version…creamier and really flavorful! March 25, 2012 at 11:00pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for your comments! And I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the salad recipe, it is definitely one of my families favorites. We have it at pretty much every family get together. And your welcome =)! March 25, 2012 at 9:56am Reply

  • Unknown: Made the Ritzy Salad yesterday and even hubby loved it – Will def try out this pasta recipe. Thanks a lot. March 25, 2012 at 2:01am Reply

  • Angie’s Recipes: A quite rich and flavourful pasta dish! March 23, 2012 at 10:23pm Reply

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