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Fettuccine alfredo for one on a plate with broccoli and garlic bread.

Quick and Easy Fettuccine Alfredo for One

This Quick and Easy Fettuccine Alfredo for One can be made in less than twenty minutes and makes a fabulously cheesy lunch or dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 391kcal
Author Tracy


  • 2 ounces fettuccine noodles
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) butter
  • cup half and half, milk, or heavy cream *
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of dried parsley (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ ounce (2 Tbs to 1/4 cup )* shredded parmesan cheese for the smoothest sauce, use freshly grated parmesan


  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and cook fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • When your pasta is nearly finished cooking, in a small pot, melt butter. Stir in half and half/milk/cream, garlic powder, optional dried parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Heat until steaming, just before it's ready to simmer. Turn heat to low and stir in parmesan.
  • Continue to stir over low heat until parmesan is completely melted into the sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Pour sauce over drained fettuccine noodles and toss. Allow the pasta to sit for 5 minutes to cool and sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and enjoy!


*Half and half is my preferred choice here. Cream will give you the richest, thickest sauce, and milk will make a thin (but still delicious sauce). To make a rough half and half substitute, combine approximately 2 parts milk to one part cream (it doesn't have to be exact).
*1/2 ounce of parmesan will be between 2 tablespoons and 1/4 cup depending on how you grate it (2 tablespoons for a box grater/pre-shredded cheese, 1/4 cup using a microplane). Don't worry too much about getting the exact right amount of cheese. A little extra parm never hurt anyone. 


Calories: 391kcal