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Fettuccine is a type of pasta that is popular in Italian cuisine. It is characterized by its long, flat ribbons, which are wider than spaghetti but not as wide as tagliatelle. The name 'fettuccine' means 'little ribbons' in Italian, which describes its appearance.


Fettuccine is traditionally made from a mixture of flour and eggs, which is rolled out into thin sheets and then cut into ribbon-like strips. This pasta is particularly well-suited for thicker sauces, as its wide and flat surface provides ample area for sauces to cling, making it an ideal carrier for rich, creamy, or hearty meat-based sauces.

Application Areas

Fettuccine is commonly used in a variety of dishes, both in home cooking and professional kitchens:

  • Fettuccine Alfredo: One of the most classic dishes using this pasta, which pairs it with a rich sauce made from butter and Parmesan cheese.
  • With Meat Sauces: Often served with robust meat sauces that benefit from the pasta’s sturdy texture.
  • In Cream-Based Dishes: The width of fettuccine makes it particularly good at holding onto creamy sauces.

Well-Known Examples

In addition to Fettuccine Alfredo, this pasta is versatile and can be used in various recipes:

  • Fettuccine with Bolognese Sauce: A hearty, slow-cooked meat sauce that is a staple in Italian cuisine.
  • Seafood Fettuccine: Often tossed with shrimp, scallops, and a creamy white wine sauce.


Classic Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe: Ingredients:

  • 400 grams fettuccine
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 200 grams freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cook Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Prepare Sauce: While the pasta cooks, melt butter in a large pan and keep it warm.
  3. Combine: Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with melted butter. Toss the pasta in the butter, then add the grated Parmesan cheese gradually while continuously tossing the pasta to combine. The heat from the pasta and butter will melt the cheese, creating a creamy sauce.
  4. Season: Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately, garnishing with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.


Fettuccine is a beloved pasta type known for its ability to pair excellently with a variety of sauces, especially creamy and meaty ones, due to its shape and texture. Its role in iconic dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo showcases its culinary versatility and enduring popularity in Italian and international cuisine.


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