Quick Garlic Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo

This is a recipe you can throw together very quickly and it is rich and indulgent.  I made this yesterday for The Blog Tech and his wife.

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup finely-grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta, cooked according to package instructions and *1/2 cup cooking water reserved

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute broccoli and garlic in olive oil, stirring occasionally 7-10 minutes until broccoli is tender. Set it aside.
  2. Make the alfredo sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Very slowly add cream, whisking constantly until incorporated. Add milk to saucepan. Bring sauce to a low simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and whisk in cream cheese, nutmeg, parsley, and parmesan cheese until smooth.
  3. Place fettuccine in a large serving pot and pour sauce on top along with 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water. Add broccoli mixture and very gently toss noodles until evenly coated with sauce. Season pasta with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately with extra grated parmesan cheese while warm.

 This is also very good as a side dish to chicken or fish.


I like garlic in most food dishes but my wife gets an upset stomach if she eats anything with garlic in it. She used to love it too.
Anonymous said…
I think they must have loved this for sure!
Anonymous said…
Garlic and broccoli, can't be much better :-)

Have a great day!

greekwitch said…
This is one of my favorite dishes! My all time favorite pasta dish is with a meat sauce with cream and broccoli. Very similar to this one!
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I love fettuccine alfredo. I would rather pair it up with broccoli and use it as a side dish. That way I don't eat so much of it and don't gain any pounds. Did you know this goes really well with fish? It does. It's so tasty as a side with baked or broiled fish.
Guillaume said…
Garlic, cream, pasta, cheese and broccoli... That recipe seems to have been made for me.
Ohhhh...this one goes in my collection!!!