A creamy Fettuccine Alfredo with crispy bacon and an easy Alfredo sauce!
Have a delicious pasta dinner in minutes with this easy Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. With a quick creamy sauce with garlic and parmesan flavors, and soft pasta with bacon. The most basic pasta to add to your collection couldn’t be any easier to make. The entire family loves this pasta!
Our recipe is a not exactly authentic with the addition of heavy cream, but it’s convenient, super tasty and just as easy to whip up. All you need is butter, some cream cheese, cream and a little pasta water to make it into a silky, smooth sauce.
WHAT IS FETTUCCINE ALFREDO?
Alfredo quickly gained its popularity dating back to 15th century Rome and throughout Europe, then later in America. Traditionally, Alfredo Sauce only included butter, parmesan cheese and pasta water. Fast forward to today and there are so many different recipes and methods people have come up with to alter the original recipe, including the addition of chicken, seafood or pork.
HOW TO MAKE IT
First, get your pasta going!
BOIL pasta in salted water until al dente (just cooked).
RESERVE 1/4 cup of pasta water and drain the rest.
While pasta is boiling, prepare the Alfredo sauce so the pasta is ready at the same time!
EASY ALFREDO SAUCE!
FRY bacon until crispy and reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan. Add the butter and let it melt while scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Sauté garlic for only 30 seconds.
ADD cream cheese and let melt, then whisk in heavy cream. Let simmer until cream cheese has dissolved. Flavor it with seasonings. You can use our suggested seasonings or change it to what you already have.
REDUCE heat to low-medium and simmer until slightly thickened, then add some parmesan cheese. Simmer until the cheese has melted through the sauce, about 2-3 minutes.
BRING IT TOGETHER
REMOVE pan from heat to stop the cooking process.
TRANSFER the cooked pasta into the sauce along with the 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water. Mix well to coat the pasta in the sauce.
ADD in crispy bacon, give it a quick stir and SERVE!
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH FETTUCCINE ALFREDO?
This Alfredo recipe includes crispy bacon, but you can add chicken strips if you wish. You could also add fresh spinach, cooked shrimp, fried ground sausage or fresh chopped tomatoes into the pan just before serving.
HOW TO REHEAT LEFTOVERS
The best way to reheat pasta is on the stove over low heat, while stirring occasionally. To reheat in the microwave, do so in 1 minute intervals, stirring between each, to ensure the pasta evenly warms through.
Creamy Bacon Fettuccine Alfredo
- 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine, or linguine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 oz diced bacon
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 oz of packaged cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Pinch of red chili flakes
- 4 oz finely shredded parmesan cheese, with extra to serve
- Boil fettuccine in a large pot of salted water until al dente (just cooked). Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water and drain pasta. Set aside.
- While pasta is boiling, heat a pan or skillet over medium heat. Fry bacon until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to paper towel lined plate.
- Reserve only 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan, discard the rest. Add the butter and let melt, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Sauté garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the cream cheese and let melt while breaking it up with the end of a wooden spoon, about 2-3 minutes.
- Once cream cheese has thinned out, whisk in the heavy cream and let simmer, while whisking, until the cream cheese has dissolved, about 4-5 minutes.
- Season with onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and red chili flakes.
- Reduce heat to low-medium and let simmer until slightly thickened. Add the parmesan cheese and let simmer until the parmesan has melted through the sauce, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove pan off the heat. Transfer cooked pasta into the sauce along with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Mix through well to evenly coat in the sauce.
- Add the crispy bacon back into the pan; mix well.
- Serve immediately with extra parmesan cheese, if desired.
This was delicious! So easy the family loved dinner tonight. Followed everything and added chopped basil at the end. Thanks so much.