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simple fettuccine alfredo piles high on a plate with broccoli in the background

simple fettuccine alfredo in one pan

Marni Katz
a simple comforting one pan pasta dish sure to become a family favorite.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Easy Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 379 kcal


  • 16 oz fettuccine pasta or any pasta you like
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove grated garlic or one garlic cube
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Over medium high heat,add half and half and water to a large straight sided saute pan 
  • Add the garlic, 4 Tablespoons of the butter and then the entire box of pasta.
  • Add salt and pepper (to taste, I like to start with about ½ teaspoon and then add more later as needed)
  • Bring the entire pan to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until the pasta is cooked through.  You should still have some liquid left.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and additional 2 Tablespoons of butter until everything is creamy and combined.
  • Taste and then add more salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Serve immediately


If then liquid seems like it is getting absorbed to quickly, and the pasta is still not cooked, add a little bit additional water or half and half (about ¼ cup at a time).  You are better to have a little too much liquid than not enough, so that you end up with a creamy pasta in the end.


Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 13gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 324mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 478IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 188mgIron: 1mg
Keyword alfredo sauce, easy pasta recipe, One pan pasta
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