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Reluctant Housewife: Fettuccine Alfredo

Ever since watching that movie The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet all those years ago I'll never forget one thing, that they made Christmas fettuccine. Something about making this perfect, cheesy, Italian dish made going outside the lines of traditional Christmas food seem all that more delicious and I knew I had to try it.

Last year for Christmas I decided to make Christmas fettuccine for the first time for my family. And, again, I am always shocked that something that seems so complicated at first glance can be so easy! That is the joy of cooking sometimes. You can achieve the unachievable if you simply try!

So this is my Christmas gift to you, Christmas Fettuccine. I hope no matter how you spend Christmas this year that this warm gooey pasta warms your heart in all the right places.


Reluctant Housewife

Christmas Fettuccine

1 lb. fetuccine

2 tbsp. butter, divided

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup whole milk

1 egg yolk

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1 tbsp. Chopped parsley, for garnish

  1. Cook fettuccine according to the instructions on box, reserving a cup of pasta water to thicken the sauce, if needed.

  2. Into the pan, add 2 tablespoons butter and garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook until no longer raw, 2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and milk, then whisk in egg yolk. Bring to a low simmer and whisk in parmesan. When cheese is melted and sauce has thickened slightly, add cooked pasta, tossing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Garnish with more parmesan and parsley. Enjoy!

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