Christmas Fettuccine

December 24, 2007 · 7 comments · Print This Post

in Dinner, Holidays / Entertaining, Pasta / Grains

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There’s a brief scene in the movie The Holiday where Kate Winslet decides to cheer up Jack Black by making him Christmas Fettuccine (start around 3:20 on the video above). So if it’s good enough for Kate Winslet, it’s good enough for me. I attempted searching around a little bit to see if this was a common practice that I’ve been missing out on, but it appears that unless I grew up in an Italian family Fettuccine really isn’t a go-to holiday meal. Although I did find it in a menu for “An Italian Holiday Party” on Cooks Illustrated (you’ll need to have a paid account to view the details though). So break out the green pasta, zest up a lemon or two and enjoy something a little less traditional during your holiday get together.

Fluffy Parmesan
Fluffy Parmesan
Zest & Juice
Zest & Juice
Heat and Melt
Heat and Melt
Boil the Pasta
Boil the Pasta
Warm the Bowls
Warm the Bowls
Combine
Combine
Mix
Mix
Merry Little Christmas
Merry Little Christmas

Fettuccine Alfredo (Originally Published by Giada De Laurentiis)
Serves 6

18 ounces fresh fettuccine
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups grated Parmesan
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Drain.Stir 2 cups of the cream and the lemon juice in a heavy large skillet to blend. Add the butter and cook over medium heat just until the butter melts, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Add the pasta and toss. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cream, and Parmesan to the cream sauce in the skillet. Add the lemon zest, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. Toss the pasta mixture over low heat until the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.

Note: Cooks Illustrated suggests heating your individual serving bowls with hot water before plating. This will keep the pasta and sauce creamy longer. No one wants to eat congealed Christmas Fettuccine!

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1 Elizabeth December 24, 2007 at 11:06 am

Both of those pastas sound delicious!! I wish Giada would come be my personal chef 🙂

I really like how you did the directions in photos side by side like that, too. Yours is my favorite cooking blog!

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2 Erin December 26, 2007 at 2:28 pm

I’m remembering the idea of heating up the serving bowl for pasta! Great idea~

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3 yo mama September 13, 2008 at 7:12 pm

only put a pinch of nutmeg, else if you put two it tastes like egg nog…haha

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4 tracy April 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I love this movie and wondered the same thing. Also, Cameron Diaz is eating fettuccine on Xmas eve in the next scene. It made me wonder if it’s a common tradition I wasn’t aware of, so I started researching it, which is how I found your site. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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5 Wummy December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Fettuccine for X-Mas eve instead of pork pie!! yummy!! With my new pasta machine!!

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6 suzyfitz December 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

I watched the film last nite to get in the xmas mood (its one of my faves!) and googled to see if the recipe really exists! now i know it does il be having a go! thanx! xx

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