Last modified on December 21st, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Quick Alfredo Pasta Recipe

This quick alfredo pasta recipe is everyone’s favorite weeknight dinner! One pan away from creamy, cheesy, pasta that’s ready in just 20 minutes!

Quick alfredo pasta is everyone's favorite weeknight dinner! One pan away from creamy, cheesy, pasta that's ready in just 20 minutes! Try it today.

This is a variation on my mom’s super quick alfredo pasta recipe. It has so many good things going for it – one pan, 20 minutes from start to finish {if that!}, and butter + cream! It’s seriously hard to beat. It’s one of those meals that’s just the perfect dinner if you’re busy, tired, or have an almost empty pantry 🙂 .

Alfredo Pasta Recipe!

There are two important things you have to do to get this recipe right, but they are easy.

Thing #1: let the cheese melt completely into the cream before adding the pasta back into the pot. This will avoid clumpy cheese.

Thing #2: If you can, purchase a good quality parmesan and grate it yourself. I’ve found that the pre-grated cheeses don’t melt very well, which also will lead to clumps.

Alfredo Pasta Recipe!

That’s it! If you have fresh parsley, of course, use it! But dried is always fine. It’s *almost* warm enough to plant parsley here and the anticipation is killing me. There are very few food things I love more than fresh herbs.

I’m telling you, make this once and your family will ask for it again and again. It’s that good and easy! If you’re looking for more of a straight alfredo sauce recipe, check out my Best Alfredo Sauce post. Andddd if you love creamy pasta as much as I do, you will probably want to try my Cheesy Alfredo Pasta Bake Recipe.

Quick alfredo pasta recipe in a bowl with dry noodles and parmesan in the background.

Quick Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1013 kcal
Author: Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley
Quick alfredo pasta is everyone's favorite weeknight dinner! One pan away from creamy, cheesy, pasta that's ready in just 20 minutes! Try it today.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fettuccini pasta or any long pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup good quality parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley or 3 teaspoons fresh
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions.
  2. Pour into a colander and leave to drain while you prepare the sauce.
  3. Combine cream, parmesan cheese, and butter in the same pot the pasta was cooked in.
  4. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until cheese is totally melted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Toss pasta, salt and pepper, and parsley together with the sauce.
  6. Taste to adjust seasonings and serve! Favorite toppings are bacon bits, additional cheese, and peas.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Alfredo Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1013 Calories from Fat 576
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 64g 98%
Saturated Fat 38g 190%
Cholesterol 300mg 100%
Sodium 437mg 18%
Potassium 381mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 84g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 46.1%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 31.8%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This quick alfredo pasta recipe is everyone's favorite weeknight dinner! One pan away from creamy, cheesy, pasta that's ready in just 20 minutes!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    This recipe might make better Alfredo sauce than my mom! Haha just don’t let her know that!

  • Reply
    Michelle - Giraffes Can Bake
    April 15, 2017 at 3:32 AM

    This looks so yummy, I can almost smell it!

    • Reply
      Alli
      April 15, 2017 at 9:28 AM

      Thank you! It’s one of our favorites.

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    April 14, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    I read somewhere that in Italy, there’s no such thing as an alfredo ‘sauce’ because the alfredo is prepared exactly like this– tossed all together with the pasta! So the jarred alfredo sauces aren’t the real deal at all– this is! Love this!

    • Reply
      Alli
      April 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM

      That would actually make sense, it’s been a family recipe on my mom’s side for years and they are all full Italian! Thank you!

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