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October 26, 2009

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine alfredo topped with shrimp.

- Butter and Grated Parmigano-Reggiano Cheese = Heaven!

Vincenza, a co-worker of my wife, asked if I knew of a low fat Fettuccine Alfredo recipe but using Cannellini beans. Well I do and although this might be healthier version the original still reigns supreme in my book. You be the judge and please let me know what you think.

Did you ever wonder who was the first person to make Fettuccine Alfredo? I’ll give you a hint. He is Italian and his first name is Alfredo.

Fettucine Alfredo sounds like a name straight out of the GODFATHER. Just picture it below…

Fettucine Alfredo: Someday – and that day may never come – I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as gift on my daughter’s wedding day.

Okay I’m not Mario Puzo but it works….I think.

Anyway Fettuccine Alfedo is actually named after Alfredo Di Lelio from Rome. He was a chef in a small restaurant called Il Vero Alfredo and the story goes like this…


Alfredo’s wife, Ines, was pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. Ines lost her appetite and she had no interest in food. It turned her stomach. Alfredo was determined to find something she could eat. He started with a very basic pasta dish that you and I have eaten before called “Pasta Al Burro” (pasta in a butter sauce). Alfredo was happy to see her eat but it was not hearty enough for her. He doubled and then tripled the amount of butter and added Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The original name was called “Triplo Burro“. Ines loved this dish so much she insisted that he put it on his resturants menu. This is just the beginning…

Movie Stars + Fettuccine Alfredo = FAMOUS!

In 1927, two famous actors of the time Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were on their honeymoon and stumbled upon Alfredo’s restaurant, Il Vero Alfredo. Fairbanks and Pickford loved the new dish, Fettuccune Alfredo. They never had anything like it. Before you know it the new dish was the rave of all the actors like Jimmy Stewart and mia bella donna¬†Sophia Loren. Soon enough the reporters following the actors began to write about this famous new dish all around the world.

Many variations exist since it’s inception. The most well known in America is Macaroni and cheese.

The first recipe below was handed down from my great Italian grandmother and this is not low fat. This dish is a comfort food and very simple to make. The second recipe is the low fat version using Cannellini beans. I hope you enjoy both. Experiment and let me know how they turn out for you. Ciao!

Nonna’s Fettuccine Alfredo (NOT LOW FAT!)

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

8 Tbsp. soften, unsalted butter,cut into tablespoons, (one stick at room tempeture)

1 lb. fresh fettuccine

1 cup freshly grated parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 Tbsp. salt

freshly ground black pepper

Bring water to a boil in a large pot and add 1 Tbsp. of salt. Cook the fettuccine until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain, and save 1/4 cup of the pasta water and place it in a large warm bowl with the fettuccine. Add the butter, Parimigiano and toss until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve pronto!

Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo with Cannellini Beans (LOW FAT)

Ingredients

1 lb. fettuccine

15 ounces cannellini beans — rinsed and drained

1/3 cup skim milk

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese — or romano cheese

2 cups broccoli — thinly sliced or any vegetable.

1 Tbsp. fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. fresh black pepper

Bring water to a boil in a large pot and add 1 Tbsp. of salt. Cook the fettuccine until al dente. Drain, and set aside.

Heat a fry pan under medium-low heat. Combine the beans with milk and blend until smooth (in a blender or food processor). Transfer the bean and milk mixture to the warm fry pan. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Pour over the fettuccine and serve.

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