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Fettuccini Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts Print E-mail

We wanted all the recipes for Valentine's Day to have hearts in them. So this one has artichoke hearts. That's the tender leaves and base inside the spiny artichoke. The first person who ate an artichoke must have been very hungry.

We'd never tried Alfredo sauce before but this one is made in the food processor and is easy.

It smelled so good we could hardly wait to grab our plates and run to the table. And that first bite! All your tastebuds just jump up and say, "Wow!"

{Makes 6 servings}

You'll need:

  • 1 can of artichoke hearts – drained
  • 1 small can of olive pieces
  • 1/2 cup Neufchatel cheese - room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 5 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of parsley - coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of fettuccini
  • Some adult help


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A 8 quart pasta or soup pot
  • A heavy bottomed 2 quart sauce pan
  • A food processer
  • A glass measuring cup
  • A large spoon
  • Individual bowls for serving

      1. Fill the pasta pot and set in on to boil.
      2. When the water starts to steam, put the Neufchatel and Parmesan cheeses, the milk, and the garlic into the processer.
      3. Give the processer 10 or 12 bursts to break up the cheese and garlic. Then process on high for about a minute until the garlic is in tiny bits.
      4. Pour the liquid into the saucepan. Set the heat on medium low for about 10-15 minutes. Stir constantly! You don't want the Alfredo sauce to come to a boil because the milk and cheese will start to break down.
      5. Add the artichoke hearts, olive bits and ground pepper. Keep stirring! 
      6. When the water comes to a boil, pour in the olive oil then the fettuccini. Give that a quick stir then go back to stirring the fettuccini!
      7. After 7 minutes ask your aunt or whoever's helping to test the fettuccini. They should be soft with a little firmness in the center.
      8. Drain the fettuccini put it in individual bowls.
      9. Turn off the heat and spoon the Alfredo sauce over the pasta.
      10. Take a moment to smell that rich Alfredo aroma and enjoy!

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