Creamy Alfredo Pasta

Finely grate fresh Parmesan for smooth sauce—pre-grated doesn't work as well.


Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total time: 17 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 17 Minutes


1/2 (16-oz.) package cellentani (corkscrew-shaped) pasta
2 cups half-and-half
1/3 cup butter
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/2 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, cook half-and-half and next 2 ingredients in a large heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, whisking often, 12 minutes or until reduced by one-third (do not boil). Remove from heat.

3. Whisk in cheese, next 2 ingredients, and desired amount of pepper until sauce is smooth. Toss sauce with hot cooked pasta. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.