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July 28, 2011

Parmesan Meatballs with Fettuccine and Alfredo Sauce

How can you make beef infused with parmesan and garlic even better? By drenching it in alfredo sauce, that's how! That's also how you can add an outrageous amount of calories. I don't think that would be anyone's goal, but if you don't mind the added calories then definitely make it like this!  :)


Is it bad when I have more sauce on my plate than anything else?

I combined two different recipes to make this dish - Laurie's Parmesan Meatballs, and Jenn's Alfredo Sauce. As soon as I saw that meat-a-ball (in my fake Italian accent) recipe, with only four ingredients, I knew I had to make it! And I was also instantly drawn to Jenn's alfredo sauce because, to put it simply, I love any kind of sauce. While we did make her whole recipe for the Chicken Braciole with Alfredo Sauce once before, I wasn't too successful with the stuffed chicken part. While it tasted good, it definitely didn't look like it was supposed to. But that's another story. However, I knew that I would be making that alfredo sauce again and again. And these meatballs seemed like the perfect opportunity to use that sauce again.


So I figured that meatballs go well with pasta, and we had some fettuccine in the cabinet, and fettuccine is often used with alfredo sauce. So there we had it. Parmesan Meatballs with Fettuccine and Alfredo Sauce.

I wish I had more of a clever name for this. Parmesan Meatballs with Fettuccine Alfredo? Parmesan Meatball Afredo? Alfredo Parmesan Meatballs? Parmesan Alfredo Meatballs? It could be called so many things, but scrumptious is definitely one of them.

This homemade alfredo sauce puts the store-bought jarred to shame. And I know because I cooked another casserole last night that called for jarred alfredo sauce and it's just not the same. I just kept thinking the whole time how a homemade alfredo would have knocked it outta the park! Particularly this alfredo sauce! And it's not even difficult to make.

As you can see, we served this with some garlic bread for a quick and easy side.

Parmesan Meatballs with Fettuccine and Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 a package of fettuccine, cooked according to instructions on package
for the meatballs - adapted from Cookin Up North
  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
Mix and shape into 10 meatballs. Spray a greased pan with cooking spray and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

for the alfredo sauce - adapted from Jenn's Food Journey
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the flour and stir to combine. Let cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Sprinkle in cheese a bit at a time until melted and smooth. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Let simmer on very low heat until thickened. Do not let it boil!

To serve, put some cooked fettuccine on a plate, top with meatballs, and then pour sauce over top. Or you can mix some sauce in with the pasta first then top with meatballs and pour more sauce over top.

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Katie said...

Oh, Desi, this looks so delicious! And what a great combination...my 2 favorites from Italian food, the meatball and alfredo sauce. I MUST try this soon :)

Unknown said...

YAY!! You got the post up :)
I actually love the sauce to pasta ratio on your plate!! Glad you enjoyed it so much! Will definitely have to try the meatballs.. sounds fantastic!

By the way, don't feel bad about the braciole.. I've been making it for years and I still can't always stuff the chicken properly!! lol

Lisa~~ said...

Just a few extra calories... Looks wonderful.

Cook Lisa Cook

Barbara Bakes said...

That's one rich sauce. I'd want a lot on my plate too.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ohhh HELLO this looks so tasty!! I have never attempted to make my own meatballs but you made it seem so easy! Great recipe

Chris said...

I could only read half of this post...
just kidding, it's all there. I just wanted to see you go ape**** again;)

This looks amazingly good, D! Especially with the garlic toast to sop up any of the sauce that tries to get away. Yum.

Abby said...

Looks good! I've always eaten meatballs with red sauce, but maybe I need to change my ways.

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

Meatballs....Alfredo....Fettuccine....what's not to love? Love this recipe...I am a total cream sauce girl.

Thank you so much for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday and hope to see you there this week as well.

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

Thank you for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
I hope to see you there!

Sherri@FoodBasics101.com said...

Hello Desi! I found you through At Home With Haley’s Blog Hop. Your Parmesan Meatballs look delish!

Have a great day! Sherri
Facebook- http://tinyurl.com/FoodBasics101

liftedplane said...

Used this tonight, changed a few things but it was awesome. Thanks for the recipes jumping board.

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