1 lb fettuccine noodles, cooked al dente
1/4 lb butter (1 stick)
1 egg yolk
1/4 Cup heavy cream
1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher Salt
Freshly-ground black pepper


Bring large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, add one-pound box of fettuccine (or linguine or other long, flat pasta), and proceed to cook according to the instructions on the package.

While the water is heating and the pasta is cooking, cream butter in a large mixing bowl, using your mixer’s paddle attachment. Add egg yolk, and beat for 1 min. Pour in cream, alternating with spoonfuls of grated Parmesan until ingredients are fully blended.

When the pasta is al dente, drain in a colander, then transfer to a heated serving bowl.* Add cheese mixture to hot fettuccine, and toss to combine. (It’s important to do this all at once, while the pasta is still very hot, and the egg yolk in the cheese sauce gets cooked.) Season with freshly-ground black pepper and salt and serve immediately.

*(Hint: you can set the colander over the heat-proof serving bowl, and drain the scalding pasta water into the bowl. Empty the water from the serving dish, pat it dry, and voila – hot bowl, ready to go).

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One Response to Fettuccine Alfredo

    We have the pleasure to tell you the history of our grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, creator of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” (recipe in the world known).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in a street in central Rome (Via della Scrofa), after leaving his first restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). In this local spread the fame, first to Rome and then in the world, of “fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio gave the local to his collaborators.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” in Rome, Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30, which is now managed by his nephews Alfredo (same name of grandfather) and Ines (the same name of his grandmother, wife of Alfredo Di Lelio, who were dedicated to the noodles).
    See also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo”
    We must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome do not belong to the family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo” in Rome.
    We inform that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.

    Best regards Alfredo e Ines Di Lelio

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