Rich and creamy, this Alfredo pasta recipe will be on your list of ‘foundation’ recipes to use in so many ways!

Cook the creamy four-ingredient pasta sauce and fettuccini noodles in one pot for a savory meal that’s sure to be a hit!

The best part is that this dinner is ready in 15 minutes!

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Creamy One Pot Pasta!

  • Get restaurant-quality fettuccini Alfredo in minutes at home.
  • Only 5 ingredients and 3 steps!
  • A guaranteed kid-friendly dinner!
  • Make this easy fettuccini Alfredo recipe as a meatless entree with a simple green salad and enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day!
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Just 5 Ingredients!

Pasta – Classic Alfredo uses fettucine, but other larger pasta shapes like linguine, pappardelle, penne, or rotini will hold the sauce just as well.

Sauce – Since there are so few ingredients, choose quality, full-fat ingredients. Add a ‘pinch’ of nutmeg in Step 3 to add depth of flavor to the Alfredo sauce (this is a secret restaurant trick)! Season the sauce with your favorite blend like lemon pepper, garlic herb, or Cajun.

Variations – Add shredded chicken, shrimp, or Italian sausage for a heartier dish. Or keep it meatless and add some spinach, sliced mushrooms, or broccoli florets for more texture and flavor.

What is a ‘Pinch’?

A ‘pinch’ is about 1/16th of a teaspoon, so just a tiny little bit. If you use your index finger and thumb to squeeze a little bit out of the spice jar, it should be the right amount.

How to Make Alfredo Pasta Recipe

  1. Bring chicken broth and cream to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Add fettuccine and cook until tender.
  3. Stir in ¼ cup of parmesan cheese and garlic powder (or other optional seasonings).
  4. Top with remaining cheese and serve hot.

Tips and Tricks

  • If possible, grate the parmesan yourself. Pre-shredded cheese has anti-caking agents added that can inhibit melting.
  • Be sure to watch the noodles as they cook, ensuring they are fully submerged so they cook all the way. Don’t overcook.
  • Add extra chicken broth if the sauce becomes too thick (this is also a good way to loosen the sauce when reheating it).

Storage Solutions

Keep leftover Alfredo pasta in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat portions in the microwave or on the stovetop with a bit of chicken broth or milk to loosen the sauce.

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One Pot Alfredo Pasta Recipe

This rich and creamy Alfredo pasta recipe needs just one pot for the perfect meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 8 ounces dry fettuccini noodles
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth plus additional, as needed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a medium pot, bring chicken broth and cream to a boil.
  • Add noodles and reduce heat to medium-high, pushing noodles down into the broth mixture as they soften. Cook for 9-11 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce has thickened.
  • Stir in ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Add additional chicken broth as needed if the sauce is too thick.
  • Serve with the remaining Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1335IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian

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