After Jeremy Scheck, a TikTok star with almost a million followers who studies Italian at Cornell and teaches the authentic way of Italian recipes through his videos, showed the recipe, it went viral since the one thing that shocked people about fettuccine Alfredo recipe is that it requires no milk or heavy cream, and people realizing they have done it wrong the whole time.
Fettuccine Alfredo was created in a restaurant called Alfredo alla Scrofa in Italy, over a century ago by Alfredo di Lelio, and it calls for only three ingredients in the sauce: unsalted butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and pasta water.
Jeremy explained how Americans mess the recipe since it does not require cream at all.
As for the recipe, once the pasta is cooked and drained, it has to be transferred to a cold pan. Then mix in the ingredients together for two minutes, nonstop. When all ingredients come together they look like actual cream without using heavy cream, this process is called “mantecatura” which turns them into a creamy and rich sauce.
The sauce should be thick and creamy, and the saltiness from the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese should complement to the smooth texture of the sauce. It also shouldn’t feel heavy like the feeling when eating a ton of dairy.
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