Some time ago I read how Fettuccine Alfredo was first created, using only butter and cheese. So you can imagine my delight when one day I saw Italian butter at our favourite cheese shop, Les Amis du Fromage! Wow, I could hardly wait to get home and make some Alfredo. Of course, there’s no question but Alfredo demands fresh fettuccine or tagliatelle. The Italian butter really rocks this dish! We have been able to get our hands on New Zealand grass-fed butter that worked out very well.
Makes 3 – 4 Servings
1 lb. fresh, fettuccine/tagliatelle noodles**3 egg pasta dough
4 oz. Italian butter, unsalted and very soft (if you can’t find it…cultured, unsalted butter also works quite well)
2 – 3 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated + extra for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
Cook the fettuccine noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water for about two or three minutes, test for doneness after two minutes. At the same time, mix the softened butter in a bowl with the grated cheese until the cheese almost dissolves, forming a smooth cream. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta leaving just a small amount of water and toss the noodles with the Alfredo sauce in a heated serving bowl, adding pasta cooking water as necessary to create a creamy sauce; adding more cheese as necessary. Season with freshly ground black pepper & serve immediately.
A creamy, cheesy dish of goodness enjoyed occasionally @#5.
To see how to make your own pasta, click Food Processor or Stand Mixer Pasta Dough.