Fettuccine Alfredo is only 3 ingredients and is such a simple crowd pleaser! If you plan on making Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner, here are some ideas of what you can serve with it.
Fettuccine Alfredo is a main dish made with fettuccine noodles, heavy cream, garlic and parmesan cheese. The noodles are cooked and then added to a sauce made with the heavy whipping cream, garlic, and parmesan cheese (to thicken it). Olive oil is sometimes used, but not usually.
It has a creamy texture, is slightly salty, and one of the BEST easy meals!
Continue reading if you need inspiration for the best side dishes and recipes to serve with Fettuccine Alfredo.
Fettuccine Alfredo itself is actually Italian, but the version of Alfredo that we have come to know and love in America is not the version that is eaten in Italy.
This version of fettuccine alfredo contains heavy cream to make the pasta creamy. This method is popular in the United States but it is not used in Italy.
The original version of Fettuccine Alfredo was made in Rome by a man named Alfredo di Lelio. His original version used fresh pasta and then made a rich sauce using butter and parmesan cheese.
The butter and parmesan were made using the highest quality ingredients possible, which truly affected how the dish tasted. The pasta was also made using 3 different types of flour.
Fettuccine is the name for the pasta shape that is used frequently in this dish. It can also be used in many other pastas!
Alfredo is the name of the sauce that is served with this dish. It is most commonly served with fettuccine noodles.
Fettuccine Alfredo can be difficult to heat up. If you don’t do it the right way, the cream separates from the melted butter, making an oily dish that doesn’t really taste like the original.
The best way to heat up fettuccine alfredo is to heat it in a pan on the stove. Add a splash of milk or cream in with the pasta to add some moisture back in while reheating.
Favorite Fettuccine Alfredo Recipes
- This Easy Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic American version of the dish, made even simpler with use of the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. This is great for getting dinner together quickly.
- This Classic Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is made on the stovetop. It uses fettuccine noodles, butter, and heavy cream for a delicious side dish.
- This recipe features the original Italian version of Fettuccine Alfredo without cream or garlic. It is made with just butter and parmesan cheese!
- If you want a similar recipe but on the lighter side, try this Instant Pot Skinny Alfredo Recipe, which uses evaporated milk in place of heavy cream.
Expert Tips for Making Fettuccine Alfredo
- Top your recipe with parsley for an extra pop of color. This is common in the USA, but not in Italy.
- The sauce will thicken as you serve it, especially if you are making your pasta in the Instant Pot. I recommend serving the pasta when the sauce is a little bit more runny than you’d like. It will thicken up in the next 5 minutes!
- You can easily double a fettuccine alfredo recipe by keeping the same cook time but doubling the ingredients.
- If your sauce needs to be thickened, you can add a spoonful of pasta water to the pan, which will help thicken the sauce.
- Cook your noodles to al dente for the best results!
Can I Make Fettuccine without Cream?
Based on the above descriptions of Italian vs American Alfredo, you certainly can make it without cream! However, if you are hoping to make a standard American version of this dish, you will need cream.
The alfredo will not have the right texture if you use any other liquid thinner than cream (ex: milk, half and half, etc).
My recommendation is to stick with the recipe details you are following for best results.
What to Serve with Fettuccine Alfredo
You can serve your fettuccine alfredo with one or many of the suggestions below. Try pairing your pasta with a protein and green vegetables for the most delicious pairing!
- Protein: Chicken breast, Chicken strips, Shrimp, Sausage, Ground beef, delicious meatballs
- Vegetables: Green beans, sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers
- Salad: Kale salad, Arugula salad, green salad, Caesar salad
- Sides: Garlic bread, rice pilaf
- Seasonings/Mix-Ins: Black Pepper, cream cheese, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, green onion, fresh herbs, lemon zest
Side Dish Recipe to Serve with Fettuccine Alfredo
Here are some delicious side dishes that you can make to accompany your pasta for dinner!
Perfectly tender Sauteed Zucchini (from The Forked Spoon) that’s never soggy or mushy. All you need is 10 minutes, a hot pan, and a few simple ingredients to transform this lackluster green vegetable into everyone’s favorite side dish recipe!
Balsamic Roasted Asparagus
This balsamic roasted asparagus (from A Sweet Alternative) is an easy, nutritious, flavorful side dish. This quick recipe calls for just a few pantry staples and some fresh asparagus. Serve it alongside pretty much anything – the neutral flavors in this dish complement most main courses.
A healthy and easy tenderstem broccoli side dish is all you need to elevate your meal to another level! Gently boiled, and then pan-fried broccolini (from Somebody Feed Seb) is the best quick way to cook this wonderful vegetable! A versatile recipe that goes with a range of meat, poultry and fish dishes, this is our go-to side dish when we’re looking for a flavoursome and nutritious sidekick that is ready in 10 minutes!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Up your green veggie intake! Enjoy this delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe (from Belle of the Kitchen), an easy side dish idea to go with beef, chicken, turkey or fish.
Oven Roasted Vegetables
This gorgeous, colorful mixture of Oven Roasted Vegetables (from Two Healthy Kitchens) has plenty of choices to satisfy everyone at the table. So simple to make, but bursting with flavor. The perfect side dish for practically any meal, any time of year!
Garlic Wrapped Green Beans
Tender green beans are marinated and wrapped in bacon (from Belle of the Kitchen), grilled to perfection and topped with tangy bleu cheese! This is an incredible Summer side dish you will love!
Marinated Tomatoes with Basil
Roasted Lemon Chicken
Roasted lemon chicken (from What A Girl Eats) is one of the easiest recipes ever. Everyone should know how to make a basic roasted chicken. This is the Italian version, Pollo Al Limone. These days too many recipes are just a competition to see who can add the most ingredients. Just three simple ingredient produce the moistest and most flavorful chicken ever.
Hot and spicy, this Cajun-inspired blackened chicken (from In The Kitch) is a Louisiana favorite. The paprika, chili powder and other spices blend together to form a spicy, flavorful crust that turns an ordinary chicken breast into a tantalizing entrée.
Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
Forget every other meatball recipe you know because these Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs (from Balance with Jess) really are the best ever! Minimal prep, great satisfying flavor, and ultra juicy – what’s not to love? Plus, these easy chicken meatballs go great with everything – serve them as an appetizer or for dinner!
Rosemary Chicken Filets
Seared Scallops with Tomato Cream Sauce
These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Seared Scallops (from The Almond Eater) will have you feeling like you’re eating in a fancy restaurant, not your own kitchen. You’ll be shocked at how quickly this meal comes together and just how wonderful it tastes!
Parmesan Bread Bites
These parmesan bread bites (from Cambrea Bakes) are covered in tons of gooey cheese, fragrant garlic, and melted butter, and are so easy to make. You will obsess over these one-hour pull-apart bites!!
Easy Pesto Dinner Rolls
These pesto dinner rolls (from Veggie Fun Kitchen) are so easy to make with canned crescents. They are made extra special with your favorite pesto. Use one of my vegan pestos for a quick and easy vegan dinner roll that everyone will love!
Garlic Bread Sticks
These homemade garlic bread sticks (from Like Mother Like Daughter) are perfect paired with soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, and more! They’re covered in melted butter and herbs and the easiest bread sticks you’ll have make.
No Knead Focaccia Bread
This no knead focaccia bread (rom Cambrea Bakes) is crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Ready in an hour, it makes the perfect side dish or appetizer for any occasion!
Olive and Onion Focaccia Bread
This olive and onion focaccia (from The Sassy Foodie) is an easy, shortcut cheat recipe, without the hard work of making homemade dough, by using store-bought pizza dough. With a crisp exterior, fluffy and light interior, and the brininess of olives and onions, this focaccia is not short on flavour.
Arugula and Prosciutto Salad
This delicious prosciutto salad (from FoodworthFeed) is a quick and easy, recipe! This salad features arugula, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts and crispy sourdough croutons. We serve this yummy salad with our homemade fig and balsamic vinaigrette.
This caprese (cherry tomato and mozzarella salad) with roasted tomato vinaigrette (from FoodWorthFeed) is vibrant, healthy and full of bright, fresh flavors. It’s the perfect Summer salad!
Green Goddess Salad
Spinach Salad with Bacon and Poppyseed Dressing
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad (from Platings and Pairings) with mustard & parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
This strawberry goat cheese salad (from The Littlest Crumb) is the perfect spring and summer salad! Made with fresh strawberries, goat cheese, spinach, walnuts & pine nuts. Then drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette with a hint of cinnamon.