30 by 30: Fettuccine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken

December 6, 2010 · 12 comments

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I’m afraid to say that heavy cream has become a bit of a common item in our household.  Between my affinity for homemade ice cream and my calorie-laden 30×30 list, it’s almost become a staple.  As you can imagine, this is not a very good thing.  Well, let me rephrase – it’s not a good thing when it comes to dropping this still-remaining 20 lbs. of baby weight, but it is a good thing because, well, it’s heavy cream.  And heavy cream is a very good thing.

I’ve always loved fettucine alfredo, but I pretty much never allow myself to eat it.  But then, that’s one of the reasons it made it on my list to begin with – everyone should indulge in some of their favorites at least once in a while.  To make myself feel a wee bit better, I added some blackened chicken to add some protein to the dish.

This was so good.  So, so good. Mine ended up a wee bit thick but it’s my own fault for becoming distracted while stirring the pasta with the cream (apparently, it is a real possibility to get distracted even with a 2 minute task when you  have an 8 month old), and using the last bit of cream I had on hand for this recipe. Still, it was creamy and delicious and luxurious.  I wish I could say I’ll make this all the time – but I won’t.  I will make it when indulgence is in order, though.

Fettucine Alfredo

Serves 4
From Michael Ruhlman

1 cup cream
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
4 Tbsp. butter, cut into a few pieces
freshly ground nutmeg to taste
12 oz. fresh pasta
2 oz. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

In a pan big enough to toss the pasta, bring the cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg to a simmer, then lower the heat and whisk or swirl in the butter, a chunk at a time.  Turn off the heat.

Boil and strain your pasta.  Toss the pasta in the cream.  Sprinkle three quarters of the cheese over the pasta, tossing it to melt and distribute the cheese.  Add a little more cream or milk if you’ve let it get too thick.  Serve, sprinkling additional cheese on each.

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Nessa December 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

yumm! You haven’t indulged unless it has butter, cream or involves a deep fryer…

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tcmaryf December 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

Great classic dish, but for us Weight Watchers folk it’s probably a once in a lifetime or once a year treat. The lightened up versions just don’t taste the same without all the butter and heavy ctream. Thnx ellie for a simple and easy recipe.

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Becca December 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

This looks delicious! I love fettuccine but like you, don’t make it very often. I am going to have to give this a try the next time we splurge!

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Amy's Cooking Adventures December 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Oh Alfredo, how I love you! I haven’t indulged lately because I also have some baby weight to lose!

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life and kitchen December 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Oh goodness, I love making homemade alfredo. It is totally worth it maybe once a year. I would eat it once a week if I could!

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Peter December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Don’t feel so bad about the cream – I saw a gal with a carton of half/half and drinking it like milk! A rich but satisfying pasta, the blackened chicken is a nice touch!

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nina December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Luckily the cup of cream is shared with the rest of the family so the damage isn’t too much!! Love the slight bitterness of the blackened chicken!!

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Banana Wonder December 7, 2010 at 1:57 am

Nice one! I’ve never made alfredo before but it seems very doable. I have tons of h. cream in my fridge since getting this darn ice cream maker… :/

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Peggy December 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

There’s definitely nothing better than a comforting bowl of creamy pasta! This alfredo sound absolutely delicious!

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Maria December 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I love fettucine alfredo as does my husband … so it was one of the first dishes I tried to “woo” him with!! Your plate of fettucine with that yummy chicken atop looks great.

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Juliana December 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Oh! This pasta dish looks delicious, specially with the blackened chicken…what a great meal :-)

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