Do you reserve certain foods for special occasions?
One dish I always cook on New Year’s Eve is Fettuccine Alfredo. If we’re home that is. This year, we’ll be spending the night with friends, so I decided to make it a little earlier than usual!
There’s a reason I only make Fettuccine Alfredo a couple times a year, and that’s because it’s super rich. This classic pasta dish has a few key ingredients: butter, cream, and cheese.
Fettuccine Alfredo couldn’t be easier to make. Hot pasta is tossed with melted butter, cream, and then freshly grated Parmesan cheese. These simple ingredients create a decadent sauce that thickens and coats the noodles. All you need to finish the pasta is salt and pepper.
For this recipe, I also added sundried tomatoes and asparagus. However, feel free to add your favorite vegetables. Peas, broccoli, and sauteed mushrooms all work very well. Or skip the vegetables altogether, as I usually do, and serve a fresh salad alongside.
However you serve it, this Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus and Sundried Tomatoes is sure to be a hit on your next special occasion!
- 1 lb. Fettuccine
- 1 bunch aspargus, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained, blotted to remove oil, and chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add pasta to water and cook, stirring often.
- About 1 minute before pasta is done (al dente), add asparagus to pot.
- After 1 minute, drain pasta and asparagus.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. (You can start this when you add the asparagus to the pasta.)
- Add pasta, asparagus, and sundried tomatoes to butter.
- Pour heavy cream over everything.
- Toss pasta a few times, then add Parmesan cheese in batches (reserve some for serving).
- Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve Fettuccine Alfredo immediately, topped with remaining Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
P.S. Looking for a recipe to serve on New Year’s Day? Make my Spicy Black-Eyed Peas – they’ll bring you good luck!