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Craving that restaurant-style Fettuccine Alfredo but don’t want the hassle of leftovers? This Fettuccine Alfredo For One recipe is the perfect solution. Ready in just 15 minutes, it’s the ideal choice for a quick and easy meal just for you. This recipe combines the restaurant-quality taste you love with easy-to-find ingredients. Enjoy a perfect portion of tender fettuccine noodles coated in a flavorful Alfredo sauce, ideal for a satisfying single serving dinner or a quick special treat.

Wondering what to serve with Fettuccine Alfredo? Pair it with a crisp Caesar Salad, a slice of warm, freshly-baked French Bread, and a side of golden-roasted Brussels Sprouts for a truly delightful meal.

Why You’ll Love This Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: Beginner-friendly, ready in less than 20 minutes.
  • Delicious: Perfectly cooked fettuccine noodles are bathed in a rich, creamy Alfredo sauce for a satisfying meal.
  • Customize It: Add your favorite protein, veggies, or cheese for a personalized flavor explosion. Try broccoli, shrimp, or an extra sprinkle of parmesan!
  • Feeds 1 or More: Easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd. Perfect for a quick dinner for two or a delightful meal for one.
fettuccine alfredo twirled around a fork over a green bowl.

Single Serving Fettuccine Alfredo: No Leftovers, All Flavor! 

Restaurant-style Fettuccine Alfredo is a delicious treat, but leftovers can be a challenge for those cooking for one. This recipe solves that problem! Designed specifically for one, it lets you enjoy that same decadent Alfredo sauce without any leftover woes. It captures the essence of the classic dish – perfectly cooked fettuccine noodles coated in a luxurious, cheesy Parmesan sauce – but creates a portion size ideal for a satisfying single serving meal.

Ingredients

fettuccine alfredo ingredients on a kitchen counter.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this easy Fettuccine Alfredo recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Fettuccine: This type of pasta is flat and thick, making it ideal for holding onto creamy Alfredo sauce. For this single serving recipe, 2 ounces of dry fettuccine are used, measuring approximately 2 1/8 inches in circumference. Once cooked, this yields about 1 cup of pasta. Consider using leftover Fettuccine in our single serving Shrimp Fettuccine recipe. Linguine can be used as an alternative if fettuccine isn’t available.

For the Single Serving Alfredo Sauce:

  • Butter: I use salted butter.
  • Heavy cream:  For a creamy, rich texture that’s less likely to curdle, use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, both of which contain over 36% milk fat. Whole milk is not recommended as it won’t provide the desired texture and will not thicken the sauce. Half-and-half is an option, but it will result in a thinner, less velvety sauce. We use heavy cream in many of our single serving and small batch recipes. Consider using leftover cream in Lasagna Soup, creamy Mustard Chicken, and even in a Mini German Chocolate Cake!
  • Lemon juice: A dash of lemon juice helps to thicken the Alfredo sauce.
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is preferable for its nutty and savory flavors, and it melts seamlessly into the sauce. Pre-packaged or jarred options may not melt as smoothly, which could result in a grainier sauce.

The Secret to a Perfectly Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Ever wonder how restaurants achieve that velvety smooth Alfredo sauce? It’s all about a magical ingredient interaction! While it might sound counterintuitive, a touch of lemon juice is actually the key.

The acidity in the lemon juice reacts with the proteins in the cream, causing them to slightly tighten and thicken the sauce. Don’t worry, the fat from the cream and butter balances this reaction, preventing it from curdling. This unique teamwork creates that perfect balance – a luxuriously thick and creamy sauce that coats your fettuccine noodles beautifully. So, for an incredibly smooth Alfredo experience, embrace the lemon juice – it’s your secret weapon for restaurant-quality results!

Recipe Variations

  • Shrimp Alfredo: Add sautéed or baked shrimp to your pasta for a seafood-infused Alfredo that feels like fine dining.
  • Veggie-Packed Alfredo: Stir in some sautéed spinach, steamed broccoli, or even roasted bell peppers for added nutritional value and color. This is a great way to incorporate some extra vitamins into your meal without sacrificing taste.
  • Spicy Alfredo: A pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce can liven up your Alfredo for those who love a spicy kick.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken: Add a protein boost to your meal with our Chicken Alfredo, which features succulent chicken pieces seamlessly blended into the rich, creamy sauce and fettuccine.
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How To Make Fettuccine Alfredo For One

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a single serving of fettuccine Alfredo. See the recipe below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Prepare the Fettuccine: In a small pot, bring water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add the fettuccine and cook for 7-8 minutes or until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Pro Tip: To prevent the noodles from clumping together, consider adding a touch of olive oil or a pat of butter to the cooked pasta.

  1. Create the Alfredo Sauce: In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the cream and lemon juice over medium heat. Add in the butter and continue stirring until it’s fully melted.
melted butter, cream, and lemon juice in a small pot.
  1. Thicken the Sauce: Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir continuously for approximately 3 minutes until you notice the mixture beginning to thicken.
heavy cream and lemon juice simmering in a pot on the stove.
  1. Incorporate the Parmesan: Add the shredded or grated Parmesan cheese and continue stirring. The sauce should further thicken and become velvety after about 5-8 minutes.
shredded parmesan cheese in a pot of heavy cream simmering on the stove.

Pro Tip: Achieve the perfect Alfredo sauce consistency by simmering it on medium-low heat until it reduces to about a third of its original volume. This process can sometimes take up to 8-10 minutes and the simmering allows the water content in the heavy cream to evaporate. As a result, the dairy solids become more concentrated, leading to a thicker sauce. Adding grated Parmesan into the mix furthers this thickening process.

homemade alfredo sauce in a small pot.
  1. Combine and Serve: Add the cooked fettuccine to the sauce, ensuring the pasta is well-coated. Toss gently and enjoy immediately.
an overhead photo of a bowl of fettuccine tossed with homemade alfredo sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Read It First: Take a quick look through the entire recipe, including notes and photos, before you begin. This will help you understand each step and ensure a flawless Fettuccine Alfredo every time.
  • Continuous Stirring: Don’t let that creamy Alfredo turn into a burnt mess. Stir your sauce constantly, focusing on the pan’s bottom and sides to ensure a smooth, lump-free finish.
  • Lighter Option: Love the Alfredo but not the calories? While heavy cream is ideal for that classic, rich texture, using half and half is a workable alternative. Just remember, lower fat equals a less creamy and thinner sauce.
  • Pan Dimensions: The right tools make all the difference. For this single serving Fettuccine Alfredo, opt for a 1-quart saucepan. The size is perfect for nailing that sauce consistency.
  • Cheese Choices: Parmesan is the traditional go-to, but feel free to get creative. Swap in cheddar, gruyere, Swiss, or gouda to infuse your Alfredo sauce with different flavors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Fettuccine Alfredo gluten-free?

It absolutely can be! Making this dish gluten-free is as simple as using gluten-free fettuccine noodles.

Can I double this Fettuccine Alfredo recipe?

Of course! If you’re cooking for two or want some leftovers, simply double the quantities of all the ingredients and use a 2-quart saucepan.

Can I make Fettuccine Alfredo ahead of time?

Absolutely, you can prepare fettuccine Alfredo in advance. Cook your fettuccine according to package guidelines, drain it, and then combine it with your Alfredo sauce. Store this mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to reheat, place the pasta and sauce in a skillet with a bit of butter over medium heat. If you find the sauce has thickened too much, feel free to add a splash of milk or cream to reach your desired consistency.

What should I do if my Alfredo Sauce is too runny?

If your Alfredo sauce isn’t as thick as you’d like, extend the simmering time for an additional minute or two. Letting it sit off the heat for a few moments also helps.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Fettuccine Alfredo For One

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Ideal for a weeknight dinner or a special treat for one, this single serving Fettuccine Alfredo For One combines the creamy richness of Alfredo sauce with the tender bite of fettuccine pasta. It’s made with easy-to-find ingredients and is ready in minutes!

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 ounces uncooked fettuccine (2 ⅛ inches in circumference) = 1 cup cooked
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese -plus more for topping
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Instructions 

Cook the Fettuccine

  • In a small pot, bring water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add the fettuccine and cook for 7-8 minutes or until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
    Pro Tip: To prevent the noodles from clumping together, consider adding a touch of olive oil or a pat of butter to the cooked pasta.

Make the Alfredo Sauce

  • While the pasta is cooking, consider making the Alfredo sauce.
    In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the cream and lemon juice over medium heat. Add in the butter and continue stirring until it’s fully melted.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir continuously for approximately 3 minutes until you notice the mixture beginning to thicken.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and continue stirring. The sauce should further thicken and become velvety after about 5-7 minutes.
    Pro Tip: Achieve the perfect Alfredo sauce consistency by simmering it on medium-low heat until it reduces to about a third of its original volume. This process can sometimes take up to 8-10 minutes and the simmering allows the water content in the heavy cream to evaporate. As a result, the dairy solids become more concentrated, leading to a thicker sauce. Adding grated Parmesan into the mix furthers this thickening process.
  • Add the cooked fettuccine to the sauce, ensuring the pasta is well-coated. Toss gently and enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Read It First: Take a quick look through the entire recipe, including notes and photos, before you begin. This will help you understand each step and ensure a flawless Alfredo every time.
  • Continuous Stirring: Don’t let that creamy Alfredo turn into a burnt mess. Stir your sauce constantly, focusing on the pan’s bottom and sides to ensure a smooth, lump-free finish.
  • Lighter Option: Love the Alfredo but not the calories? While heavy cream is ideal for that classic, rich texture, using half and half is a workable alternative. Just remember, lower fat equals a less creamy sauce with a thinner consistency.
  • Pan Dimensions: The right tools make all the difference. For this single serving Fettuccine Alfredo, opt for a 1-quart saucepan. The size is perfect for nailing that sauce consistency.
  • Cheese Choices: Parmesan is the traditional go-to, but feel free to get creative. Swap in cheddar, gruyere, Swiss, or gouda to infuse your Alfredo sauce with different flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 632kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 63g, Saturated Fat: 39g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 663mg, Potassium: 173mg, Fiber: 0.01g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2532IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 524mg, Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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7 Comments

  1. Davena Turvey says:

    I was so surprised. I’m a hopeless cook, and mostly just hope that everything isn’t so awful I have to throw it out and fry myself an egg. But this was so simple and so elegant and had such a smooth texture and subtle that I had to email fifteen or sixteen of my closest chums and boast a little.
    They didn’t believe me, but I was so chuffed! Thank you!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m thrilled to hear you had such a great experience with the fettuccine alfredo recipe! Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious, and I’m so glad you were able to impress yourself and your friends. Keep up the good work, and thanks for spreading the word!

  2. Lea says:

    I love Fettuccine Alfredo. I made this one time when I didn’t have heavy cream and didn’t want to go to the store for just that. I did, however, have a can of evaporated milk. It worked like a charm! It was creamy and smooth.

  3. Jane says:

    The sauce separated and never thickened much. The taste was ok, but it just didn’t hold together. (I used medium heat as suggested)

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m sorry to hear the sauce didn’t meet your expectations. If the sauce didn’t achieve the right thickness, a couple of things could be the cause. First, using heavy cream is crucial for the texture, so if you used something else, that could be the issue. Accurate measurements are also essential for a consistent result, so double-checking that could help for next time.

      To give you a better visual guide, don’t forget to check out the step-by-step images included in the blog post; they show precisely how the sauce should look at different stages. We’ve also detailed the unique interaction between lemon juice and heavy cream in the post, explaining how they work in synergy to create a perfectly thickened sauce. This information should set you up for success on your next try!

  4. J.Hegyi says:

    Terrific recipe.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you!