Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nigel Slater's "Needs Must" Fettuccine Alfredo

When my good friend Deb, of Kahakai Kitchen, shared this recipe for Nigel Slater's "Needs Must" Fettuccine Alfredo I knew straight away I had to make it!  I found myself drooling over Deb's pics of creamy and comforting fettuccine noodles.  Then I noticed how simple the recipe was.  Easiest recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo ever.  Five ingredients.  Dead Simple. 

Now I will confess.  It's hard to justify eating something so indulgent.  However, my thirteen year old daughter simply loves Fettuccine Alfredo and it just so happens that she is underweight.  Do you see where I'm going with this?  I made this Fettuccine Alfredo for her.  After all, the doctor did say she needed to gain weight and it is my job to feed the child. I'm telling you.  This parenting gig is a rough job sometimes.  The things we have to suffer through.

 Nigel Slater's "Needs Must" Fettuccine Alfredo
recipe found on Kahakai Kitchen 
and also found in Notes From the Larder
by Nigel Slater 
Enough for 2

9 ounces (250g) fettuccine or other favorite pasta shape
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
thick slice of butter
About 3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
Salt and lots of black pepper, to taste

Boil the fettuccine (or other pasta shape) in deep heavily salted water till al dente.  Put the cream in a saucepan with the butter and warm over gentle heat.  Grate in a little nutmeg.  Stir in most of the grated Parmesan and a generous amount of black pepper, then toss in the lightly drained pasta.  Toss gently and serve with remaining Parmesan.   

Theme: Weeknight Favorites!


  1. Hi Kim,
    This looks really simple and quick to make, and rich in flavour! My kids love both creamy and tomato-based pasta and I'm sure they would like this too!

  2. Pasta always works ;-) especially creamy pasta!

  3. Pasta is one food my kids will always eat and ranks high among the "weeknight favourites".

  4. Yum! Keeping it simple really is best!

  5. I'm always suckered in when it comes to pasta dishes that have decadent creamy sauces. Oh well. Everyone had a weakness!

    Not sure how I've stayed away from this one for so long. Great choice for the theme, Kim.

  6. Hmmm maybe I'll diagnose the.boy as underweight and make this? Seems like a good idea.

  7. Glad you liked this one too. It was so very simple and so very good, wasn't it?!
    P.S. Love your pasta dish. ;-)

  8. Love just how simple this dish is - I've been fantasising about it ever since Deb made it a couple of weeks back. Love that you really took one for the team for the sake of your daughter's health - top parenting, right there :-)


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