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Better Than Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

by Laura

My favorite thing to order at Olive Garden in Fettuccine Alfredo.   Pasta, cream and cheese – 3 simple ingredients that make a deliciously creamy and comforting dish.  Sometimes, the simple dishes are what are the best.  I do, however, only allow myself to have it occasionally since it is so high in calories.  When a saw a version over at Cooking Classy claiming to be better than Olive Garden fettuccine alfredo, I had to give it a try.

It was simple to make and tasted divine, it just may be better than my Olive Garden fav.  It was that rich creamy white sauce that I have come to love.  I am hoping it is better on my waistline that the Olive Garden’s too.  As long as you just treat yourself to this dish occasionally, it’s no problem.

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Better Than Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb fettuccine noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (or more if you love garlic like me)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley and more Parmesan cheese, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. You need to reserve 1/4 cup pasta water for later, so be sure to keep some when it is done cooking.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the Alfredo sauce.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of cream to a medium bowl and whisk in the 3 egg yolks and set aside.
  4. In another bowl, add another 1/4 cup of cream want whisk in the cornstarch. Set aside.
  5. In a large sauce pan, add the remaining 1 cup of cream and the 1 1/2 cups of whole milk. Heat over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Remove 1/4 cup of the hot cream milk mixture and slowly add it to the cream/egg yolk mixture you set aside while whisking. This prevents the eggs from turning into scrambled eggs.
  7. Now slowly add that mixture to the sauce pan with the hot milk and cream while whisking.
  8. Next give the reserved cream/cornstarch mixture a whisk again. Then slowly add it to the hot cream/milk in the sauce pan while whisking.
  9. Cook over medium low heat fro a few minutes until thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  10. Remove from heat and add the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and cheeses. Blend until the cheese is completely melted.
  11. At this point you can add some of the reserved pasta water if needed to thin the sauce down. Start with 2 tbsp and work from there until the desired consistency is reached.
  12. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce. Add desired amount of pepper and fresh parsley if desired. Serves 4-5.
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Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.

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6 comments

Copycat Olive Garden Recipes August 31, 2017 - 10:09 pm

[…] Fettuccine Alfredo – This rich and creamy pasta dish is deliciously simple and wonderfully easy to make. You don’t have to be a master in the kitchen to make this meal. […]

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Jill McClintock September 29, 2014 - 12:39 am

Saved my life!!! Before I made this scrumptious dish I was a single women, then I made this dish for my boyfriend and he proposed the next week, he said “I want you to make me Fettuccine Alfredo for me for the next 40 years.” This dish sealed the deal!!! Signed, 50 year old virgin

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Lilly September 19, 2012 - 9:18 am

yum!!Love it!

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Carol July 24, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Would the sauce freeze well? It’s just 2 of us eating it, so I figured I could make it all then freeze the leftover sauce?

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Heather of Kitchen Concoctions April 14, 2012 - 5:59 pm

I am sending this recipe to my sister! She is a huge fan of Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo and would love this recipe.

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Teri April 12, 2012 - 9:57 am

oh yum yum yum. I am so totally going to make this…..thanks for the recipe. I too am an avid Olive Garden fettuccine alfredo girl. With this recipe maybe I will venture out more with the menu.

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