This is one of my very favorite recipes for pasta! You can make it with any type of pasta you like, but I prefer the Penne so the sauce gets inside the pasta tubes. It’s important to use good quality Parmesan to get good flavor in the sauce. I like to use a pre-shredded, thick variety with strong flavor.
8 oz dried penne pasta (or fettuccine)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup whipping cream (I usually use heavy whipping cream)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
A dash (or 2) Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Cook pasta according to box directions for Al Dente pasta, usually 8-10 minutes.
2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cream, salt, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil and reduce, boil gently, uncovered for 3-5 minutes until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in cheese.
3. Drain pasta and toss with the hot alfredo sauce and serve immediately.