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Mouth-watering recipe for National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

February 7, 2022 4:15pm

Updated: February 8, 2022 12:03pm

Today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. What better way to celebrate it than by making some of this delicious, popular pasta dish? 

Fettuccine Alfredo might sound like a simple pasta dish—fettuccine with butter and Parmesan cheese. But that’s not all there is to it. 

There are records of this dish dating as far back as the 15th century. However, the true cook behind the popular dish is Alfredo Di Lelio, an Italian trying to get his wife to eat after giving birth in 1908. 

The dish made it to the U.S. in the 1920s. It became so popular that in 2005, it was given its own holiday. 

Below, you will find the authentic recipe to make this pasta dish. Then, make it your own by adding chicken, shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms, or bacon. 


  • 1 packet Fettuccine pasta 
  • 1 cup Butter 
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste  

Fill a large pot with water and boil over high. Add a dash of salt to the water. Once the water is boiling, add the noodles and cook for 8-10 minutes. When cooked, drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water. 

In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the pasta into the pan and mix. 

Reduce heat to medium-low and add a little bit of the cheese and pasta water. Mix well until cheese melts. Repeat this step. Keep until you have reached your desired consistency. 

Add salt as necessary. Serve.