Where Does Fettuccine Alfredo Come From?
Serving fettuccine noodles with butter and cheese was first mentioned by Martino da Como in his 15th-century recipe for macaroni romaneschi or “Roman pasta”. The recipe calls for the pasta to be cooked in broth or water and adds butter and what he calls “good cheese” in his book.
Modern fettuccine Alfredo was invented by Alfredo di Lelio in Rome. In 1892 Alfredo di Lelio began to work in a restaurant that was located in piazza Rosa and run by his mother Angelina. Di Lelio created a dish that he called "fettuccine al triplo burro". Alfredo then added extra butter or "triplo burro" to the fettuccine when mixing it together and from here the fettuccine alfredo as we know it was born.
What Can I Add to My Store Bought Alfredo Sauce?
Even though alfredo sauce is not that difficult to make, especially with this recipe, it is still in need of some help. Once you add the jar to the skillet to simmer add one tablespoon of real butter, 1/3 cup of cream, 2 teaspoons of fresh, minced garlic, and 1/4 cup of fresh grated Parmesan. This will add a sence of freshness to the jar.
Why is Fettuccine Alfredo Bad for You?
If you are on pretty much any type of diet except for the “see food” diet, you might want to stay away from fettuccine alfredo. Why you ask, well it may have something to do with the fact that most of the ingredients are different forms of fat. From the butter to the cream to the cheese to the oil, throw in the carbohydrates from the pasta and there you have it, a nutritionist’s nightmare. Even after all of that, the fact is you are only human and cannot resist this luxurious dish. Maybe just every now and then.
How Can I Make Alfredo Sauce Taste Better?
If you want to stay true to the basics of an alfredo dish, try adding a handful of freshly grated Parmesan to add some salt and well who does not like more cheese. Another thing you could add are some chopped sundried tomatoes and/or mushrooms. These will add a nice umami flavor to the sauce.
There are also several different herbs you can add to alfredo sauce. People tend to add some oregano, basil, and sage. On some rare occasions, especially when you are having chicken alfredo, it is nice to add some lemon pepper. This not only adds some pepper, but a slight tang from the lemon is just enough to cut through the richness of the sauce.