The absolute best Alfredo sauce. You do not want to use a grated parmesan that you buy on a shelf. When you cook with that type, your Alfredo goes from a sauce to a gooey mess. You want to buy a very good and very hard parmesan in triangle form. Also, make sure the cream doesn't boil too much or there will not be enough liquid to make the Alfredo sauce smooth.

Greg
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettucine pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • In a large skillet melt the butter and add the chopped garlic. Cook on low for about 5 minutes, stirring often, making sure not to burn the garlic.

  • Pour about a 1/4 cup of the heavy cream into a small bowl. Add the egg yolk and beat together; put aside. Pour the remaining cream into the frying pan. Increase the heat to medium-high. As the cream starts to boil, mix rapidly using a whisk. Slowly add the cream/egg mixture. You do not want the egg to curdle. Continue whisking until well blended.

  • Add 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese and continue to mix the cream. Pour in the remaining Parmesan and the parsley, mix until smooth. Immediately remove from stove. Serve over cooked pasta.

Nutrition Facts

854.3 calories; protein 27.2g 55% DV; carbohydrates 55.9g 18% DV; fat 59.4g 91% DV; cholesterol 230.9mg 77% DV; sodium 806.8mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2006
I used this recipe as a side dish, but it could take center stage too, with the addition of chicken or shrimp. I wouldn't change a thing, though because I forgot that the directions of recipes don't change when scaling, I mistakenly only used two cups of Parmesan cheese, instead of four cups (I doubled the recipe). Honestly, I couldn't tell anything was wrong and didn't discover my error until after all was said and done. Though in restrospect, the sauce was thinner than one might expect. My discriminate wife rated this one a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. I would certainly agree. It's a fabulous recipe. I bought a more expensive brand of Parmesan cheese and grated it immediately before use, and I highly recommend doing that. Spending a couple more bucks to get good cheese is definitely worth the investment. I've tried and reviewed over 200 recipes at allrecipes, many of them very good, and this one is certainly in the top 10%. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/11/2008
This turned out horrible! I probably did something wrong since everyone else's dish turned out nice and creamy. My sauce curdled so badly..I think it was because i didn't turn the heat low enough or maybe it was just the egg. I ended up with globs of cheese and a pool of butter on the bottom of my dish. I think I will just stick to the alfredo sauces I normally buy in a jar. Read More
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508 Ratings
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  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2006
I used this recipe as a side dish, but it could take center stage too, with the addition of chicken or shrimp. I wouldn't change a thing, though because I forgot that the directions of recipes don't change when scaling, I mistakenly only used two cups of Parmesan cheese, instead of four cups (I doubled the recipe). Honestly, I couldn't tell anything was wrong and didn't discover my error until after all was said and done. Though in restrospect, the sauce was thinner than one might expect. My discriminate wife rated this one a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. I would certainly agree. It's a fabulous recipe. I bought a more expensive brand of Parmesan cheese and grated it immediately before use, and I highly recommend doing that. Spending a couple more bucks to get good cheese is definitely worth the investment. I've tried and reviewed over 200 recipes at allrecipes, many of them very good, and this one is certainly in the top 10%. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2005
This recipe is great! Definitely a keeper because it is rich, creamy, and has a good flavor. It also does not separate like some other recipes that I've tried. HOWEVER, I am surprised that no one has really commented that 5 cloves of garlic is a bit too much. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE garlic, but 5 cloves??? We only used 3 cloves and it was still very strong. I can't even imagine what 5 cloves would taste like! Unless you want your sauce to be overpowered by the garlic, cut down to 2 or 3 cloves. We also used regular whipping cream instead of heavy whipping cream and it turned out perfectly. NOTE: For those of you who got a lumpy sauce, don't use the Kraft parmesan that is in the green can! That stuff has been processed and will not melt correctly. You must use the stuff that is in the refrigerated cheese section of your grocery store. You can find them in wedges or preshredded bags, but it must be fresh. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2003
I was a little skeptical of this recipe because of the garlic and raw egg but I saw so many positive comments in the reviews that I decided to select this one over all the ones posted on this site. I made this in addition to the ham meal for Christmas and it was a huge hit. The fettucini alfredo connoisseurs at the table said it was "to die for". I would definitely recommend this. The only thing I did different was to add shrimp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2003
Fantastic alfredo recipe!! Real parmesan cheese and raw egg are key to a good alfredo. You don't really even need the garlic (although I put garlic into anything I can and it's great in this!). For those who have yet to try true Parmesan cheese, parmigiano reggiano, 'cuz grating it looks like too much work...if you have a food processor or blender, just cut it up into chunks, throw it in and give it a bunch of pulses...out comes finely grated cheese. It's so worth the extra few minutes effort for this sauce. Delicious recipe!!!! Thank you Greg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
Rich creamy and oh so good - not for those of us counting calories (I don't even want to know)! I highly recommend using unsalted butter and cutting back the garlic to 2-3 cloves and using fresh parsley as opposed to dried. I also added a pinch of nutmeg. I used half parmesan and half romano but might use half parmesan/half asiago next time. My husband loved this and said it's better than anything you get at a restaurant. We served it over pasta with grilled chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2003
This puppy is a show stopper. health freaks need not apply! great as a side dish with blackened chicken or fish. Ease up on the garlic if your not a lover. Make this for a first date and there will definitely be a second. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
I have made this recipe lots of times and would strongly reccomend it. Everyone says it tastes like- or is better than- restaurant fettucine alfredo. Very quick and easy! I boil a couple of chicken breasts, slice and toss them with the sauce and pasta. Gourmet comfort food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2006
If you love garlic & cheese this is a great recipe. I decided to use a little less garlic next time as 5 cloves is a bit overpowering. I found that when you first add the 2nd cup of cheese the texture is very gooey but if you keep wisking it at a low temp. it will thin out a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2002
This was EXCELLENT! I added mushrooms! I served with salad and the "Great Garlic Bread" off this site..it was better than going out to eat..I was proud of myself!!:) thanks again Greg! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/11/2008
This turned out horrible! I probably did something wrong since everyone else's dish turned out nice and creamy. My sauce curdled so badly..I think it was because i didn't turn the heat low enough or maybe it was just the egg. I ended up with globs of cheese and a pool of butter on the bottom of my dish. I think I will just stick to the alfredo sauces I normally buy in a jar. Read More
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