Fettuccine Alfredo for Two Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two Updated

Fettuccine Alfredo for Two would be perfect for an intimate dinner for you and a special someone. Easy, quick, and absolutely irresistible!

If you didn’t know, calories don’t count around the holidays. They magically disappear.
They warm your soul and then move on, leaving you completely unscathed. 
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So, today, we’re going to indulge in fettuccine Alfredo. I know what you’re thinking—it’s going to be difficult to make.
And what a calorie bomb! But, here’s the thing:  it’s actually surprisingly easy to make. 
For better or worse, I can whip up this satisfying pasta dish in 20 minutes. If I’m feeling a bit sheepish about my total vegetable intake that day, then I stir in frozen peas.
Defrosted spinach is great too, but make sure to break it up with your fingers before adding it just before serving. 
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As for the calorie bomb part, well, I try to keep the portion size acceptable. Since I cook for two, there are no tempting leftovers in the fridge.
I’m one of those people that loves leftovers from dinner for breakfast the next day. 
I would happily enjoy fettuccine Alfredo two meals in a row, crossing over into dangerous territory. But, without any extra servings, I begrudgingly eat oatmeal for breakfast the next day, and move on. 
Another amazing thing about this recipe is that it only uses one pan. I heat the cream and butter in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.
With only one pan to wash, this meal almost makes it on my dinner table once a week.
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One small caveat about this recipe—you’re going to need to use good Parmesan cheese. The high-quality stuff, preferably with ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ stamped on the rind.
I think it’s fantastic if you can grate it yourself, but I’ve seen it frequently in the cheese section of my grocery store, freshly grated. Just don’t use the stuff in the green can, ok? Shelf-stable cheese makes me cry.

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Fettuccine Alfredo for Two Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 6 ounces Fettuccine Noodles, Linguine noodles work, too
  • Salt, To taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Peas


  1. First, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 2-cup glass measuring cup, add the cream and butter. Pulse in the microwave for 30 seconds each time, until the butter is melted and the mixture is steaming. Set aside.
  3. Grate your cheese, if you haven’t already.
  4. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a few big pinches of salt, followed by the noodles. Stir once, and cook according to package directions.
  5. Just before the pasta is done, stir in the frozen peas and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Briefly re-heat the cream and butter mixture in the microwave until steaming.
  7. Drain the pasta and peas, and move it to a serving bowl.
  8. Add the cheese to the pasta, and toss well to melt.
  9. Stir the cream and butter mixture on top. Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.
  10. Serve immediately.
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Author: Christina Lane
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 452
Calories 967

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g
  Saturated Fat 35g
Sodium 977mg
Total Carbohydrate 79g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.