Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

From Real Simple Magazine April 2005 Fake It, Don't Make It. If you think Alfredo sauce - that divine mixture of butter, cheese, and cream - takes time and patience and is best left to those in white toques, this 15-minute recipe may change your mind.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the salt in a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the fettuccine and cook according to the package directions for al dente.
  3. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli.
  4. Drain in a colander, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water; set aside.
  5. Place the butter in the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and stir until melted.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, then stir in 1/3 cup of the Parmesan.
  7. Add the fettucine and broccoli and the cayenne and nutmeg; toss.
  8. Remove from heat and sprinkle with another 1/3 cup of the Parmesan and the pepper.
  9. Toss again, adding more pasta water if the fettuccine is too sticky.
  10. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.


Most Helpful

I agree with the other review. Sadly it was like a watered-down sauce. My family didn't care for it so I made a more traditional sauce and tossed it in with this recipe. I loved the idea but I think our family *needs* the cream to make the recipe satisfying. Made for Daffy daffodils ZWT4

Ma Field June 17, 2008

I am sorry for the low stars but the pasta water instead of cream just didn't work for us. It wasn't creamy at all. So I added about 1c cream on top of the 1/2c water I had used (I doubled the recipe). I also used frozen broccoli florets which worked really well. Made for ZWT4.

Elmotoo June 14, 2008

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