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National Fettuccine Alfredo Day is February 7th

One of my favorite Italian dishes is Fettuccini Alfredo

One of my favorite Italian dishes is Fettuccini Alfredo

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day is celebrated on February 7th yearly. Fettuccine Alfredo is a kind of pasta made using fettuccine noodles that have been tossed with a cream sauce made with parmesan cheese and butter. Fettuccine noodles are egg-flat noodles. The hot pasta is tossed with cream sauce in which parmesan cheese has been melted in. The cream sauce has been cooked with melted butter to form a tasty sauce that gives the pasta a unique taste.

Serve fettuccine alfredo alongside grilled or baked chicken breasts, dry white wine, crisp green salad, and sautéed or grilled shrimp, and don't forget a nice, crusty Italian bread.

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The History Of Fettuccini Alfredo And How It Came To America

The creation of the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe dates back to somewhere around 1914. Alfredo Di Lelio came up with the dish of pasta and white sauce, Pasta Bianco. Alfredo created this dish for his pregnant wife to eat since her pregnancy made it difficult for her to eat her usual diet of pasta and sauce. He made a dish of pasta mixed with parmesan cheese and butter. Alfredo later added this dish to his restaurant's menu. His place was called the Via Della Scrofa in Rome.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were on their honeymoon in Italy, and they visited Alfredo's restaurant. They fell in love with his Fettuccine Bianco, which later was called Fettuccini Alfredo. Douglas and Mary requested Alfredo for the recipe, and they brought the dish to the United States of America in the 1920s.

Douglas and Mary gifted Alfredo with a golden spoon and fork in 1947. This gift was an appreciation for the recipe. And I'd like to add my own thanks to Alfredo, and to Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, since this is one of my favorite dishes as well.

Fettuccine Alfredo has been in existence for more than 100 years and is a favorite cream pasta recipe enjoyed by many people all around the world.

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How To Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Here are some ways to celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day. National Fettuccine Alfredo Day was founded in 2005 by Ines Di Lelio to celebrate his grandfather's creation.

So what should you do on February 7th? Well, here are some ideas I like to use to celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day:

  • Visiting A Restaurant

I love to eat out. It makes me happy. I would enjoy visiting my favorite Italian restaurant and ordering a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo. I think I'll call for reservations now.

  • Make Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

Gather all the ingredients and make a nice Fettuccine Alfredo at home. There's a recipe for the creamy sauce below and this recipe uses pre-made pasta. If you are really feeling into the holiday, you can try to make homemade fettuccini. That would be the ultimate way to celebrate this holiday. There is nothing better than homemade pasta.

  • Post Your Recipe Steps And Your Completed Meal On Social Media

Snap a couple of pictures featuring your cooking steps and a dish of the completed recipe showing off your Fettuccine Alfredo and post it on social media. You just might inspire your followers to give this recipe a try. You might just be on your way to becoming an influencer!

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Fun Facts About Fettuccine Alfredo.

I love trivia so it's no surprise to anyone who knows me that there are some fun facts about Fettuccine Alfredo on this page.

  • Fettuccini translates from Italian into "little ribbons".
  • In Italy the dish is called Fettuccine al Burro.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo came about as a result of Alfredo making the dish for his pregnant wife.
  • Fettucine noodles are usually 10" long and 1/4" wide.
  • Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford brought the recipe back to America in 1927.
  • There are several variations for making Fettuccine Alfredo, with some people opting to add chicken to the recipe.
  • The Alfredo sauce sold in supermarkets is thickened with starch and not cheese.
  • There are two Alfredo restaurants in the United States connected to the original one.
  • In Italy, fettuccine is served as an appetizer, while Americans serve it as a main dish.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo was name by after restaurateur Alfredo Di Lelio.
Add salt to the water for the fettuccini noodles

Add salt to the water for the fettuccini noodles

How To Make Fettuccine Alfredo - Here's A Recipe

It's easy to make Fettuccine Alfredo, it's a quick and delicious recipe you can whip up in ten to fifteen minutes. You can add lots of stuff to the recipe too. Shrimp, chicken, chestnuts, mushrooms, pancetta, peas, sausage, cauliflower, the list is endless. I like spinach on top, drained of all water and sitting right in the middle of my big bowl of noodles and sauce. I love the boom of the green spinach on the creamy noodles. I did not put these additions on the list of ingredients below, that is just for a basic fettuccini with Alfredo sauce.

Ingredients

  • Six tablespoons of butter
  • 4 ounces of heavy cream
  • One plus cups of heavy Parmesan cheese (You need some to sprinkle on top)
  • One pound of fettuccine pasta
  • One clove of garlic (minced)
  • A quarter teaspoon of salt
  • A quarter teaspoon of pepper.

Preparation

  • Boil water in a large pot and add salt into it.
  • Once the water boils, add the fettuccine pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package.

While The Pasta Is Cooking

  • Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic to the butter and cook for about 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and stir. Lower the heat.
  • Let the heavy cream simmer for around 8 minutes or until it reduces and gets all thick and creamy!
  • Add half of the parmesan cheese to the mixture and stir well until all the cheese melts.

When The Pasta Is Done

  • Strain the pasta but remember to save some of the pasta water, just in case.
  • Add the pasta into the cream and cheese mixture.
  • Toss the pasta in the mixture
  • Add small amounts of the left-over pasta water if the sauce is too thick. Continue to add and mix small amounts of water until your cream sauce is just how you like it.
  • Garnish with the rest of the Italian parmesan and serve.

Here's where I would add my pre-cooked spinach to the top of the dish.

Tips And Suggestions For Making Fettuccine Alfred

Some tips and suggestions for making Fettuccine Alfredo include:

  1. Set aside some pasta water and use it to thin out the sauce if needed.
  2. Warm your serving dishes before plating the dish as that helps the sauce stay warm and creamy.
  3. Serve the pasta while hot otherwise the sauces will break up if they lose their heat.
  4. Use real parmesan cheese that is refrigerated. Always use a quality brand of parmesan cheese when creating a delicious recipe.
  5. If you want your food to be creamier, consider using less pasta. (or making more sauce)
  6. Add salt to the pasta water to ensure it's perfectly salted before going on the next steps because even the most perfect sauce can't fix bland pasta.
  7. Don't add any oil to the pasta water, as that will cause the sauce to slip off the pasta, and you want as much of that sauce to stick to your fettuccini.
  8. You can substitute parmesan cheese with Asiago, Grana Padano, or Pecorino Romano.

I like to cook some spinach and place it right in the middle of my Fettuccine Alfredo dish. The green vegetable gives some beautiful color to the meal and of course, it tastes delicious.

I also like to serve my fettuccine with some crusty Italian bread!

To The King Of The Noodles From Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford

To The King Of The Noodles From Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford

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