Fettucini Alfredo

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Fettucini Al Fredo

When I think of Fettucini Alfredo, I think of the horrible restaurant variety. Over-cooked fettucini drowned in a stodgy sauce with flavourless ham and mushrooms. Not exactly appetising, but I come with good news. This is not the way it is meant to be and definitely not the way I cook it at home. A good Fettucini Alfredo is one of the most delicious pastas you can make and is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods. The combination of crispy ham, perfectly cooked mushrooms and creamy sauce on top of al dente pasta is one that’s just too good to resist and is a favourite to many.

Fettucini Al Fredo

I have blogged about Fettucini Alfredo before and wanted to re-do it as I think those photo’s are quite shocking. My friend Cooksister recently tweeted a “then and now” photo of one of her dishes and I immediately told her how much I love the idea. She encouraged me to do the same and as this is one of the (many, many MANY) recipes I’d like to make-over, I thought why not start with it? I am so very pleased to see how much my photography and styling have improved over the last 2 years, wouldn’t you say?

Fettucini Al Fredo

And now, I’ll leave you with this Simple & Delicious recipe!

Fettucini Al Fredo

Fettucini Alfredo
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Serves: 4
  • 250g portobellini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 400g gypsy ham
  • 250ml cream
  • handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper to serve
  • juice of 1 lemon
to serve
  • 500g fettucini, cooked
  1. To make the sauce, fry the mushrooms in a large pan for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and ham and fry for another minute.
  3. Pour the cream and allow to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes while you cook the pasta.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, add the parsley to the sauce. Season to taste and add the lemon juice.
  5. When draining the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
  6. Toss the pasta in the sauce and add some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce looks too thick.
  7. Serve immediately.
Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://rumtumtiggs.co.za tami

    I love recipes like these that I don’t even have to copy and paste because they are so simple and easy I can memorize them. Such a lovely post xx

  • snook

    You don’t need to add parmesan cheese?! I usually add it in my dish. Also, chopped sundried tomatoes goes well with this.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Snook, you can! I don’t always but sometimes I do. :)

  • Denise

    Hi – Actually the name is Alfredo (like Alfred except in Italian).

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Alida Ryder

      Thanks for the info Denise. I’ll fix that ASAP.

  • Sarah

    I just made this and it was totally delicious. I have canned mushrooms and a little bit of bacon at hand so that’s what I used. But I also added a little bit of cooked ham as well because the bacon I have is only about 200 grams. I fried up the bacon first then removed the bacon and the fat but i reserved about a tablespoon of fat to fry the mushroom and the ham and then I returned the cut up bacon at the pan. I followed the recipe after that. Thanks for sharing this!

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Only a pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it.

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