Fettuccine alfredo in a bowl.
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Milanese Fettuccini Alfredo

I saw this recipe on an episode of 30-Minute Meals that was sitting on my DVR and immediately wanted to make it. It’s simple enough that I could make it in my half setup kitchen. It looked decadent and delicious on her show, but it didn’t turn out to be anything special. I wouldn’t bother wasting a few pinches of saffron in this dish. The color is pretty, but it’s not worth it. It was good as a side with the veal scallopini that I made tonight, but only because we haven’t had much home cooked food lately. I won’t bother to make this one again.

Fettuccine alfredo in a bowl.

Milanese Fettuccini Alfredo
30-Minute Meals – Rachael Ray

Serves 6

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (2 pinches)
1-1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 pound fettuccini
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pats
8 ounces finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (2 1/2-3 cups loosely packed)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat.

Pre-heat the oven to warm, about 200°F. Put a large serving bowl or a platter, for the pasta, into the oven to warm.

In a small pot over low heat, add the saffron threads and the stock. Let steep until ready to use.

When the water boils, season with salt, add the pasta and cook to al dente. Just before draining, add a ladle of the starchy pasta water to the pot with the saffron stock. Drain the pasta.

Remove the bowl or platter from the oven and scatter with the butter pats. Add the pasta and pour in the saffron liquid. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and toss for 1 minute. Add more cheese and continue to toss for another 1-2 minutes. Keep tossing until the pasta is evenly coated and the cheese has melted into the saffron broth, forming a creamy, lightly golden sauce. Serve immediately.

MacGourmet Rating: 3 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Donna-FFW

    Hey Ashley. Happy New Year to you. Hope youre surviving ok without full kitchen. Must be so hard. Miss reading you more frequently. Shame you had to waste saffrom on a non special dish. Its so damn expensive.

  • Luigi

    I quite like Rachel Ray, we see her 30 minute meals show sometimes.

    Again typically Italian, in that its very simple, but delicious.

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