Have you ever wondered how Alfredo sauce came to be? If you’re quirky like me, then you’ve sat motionless in deep thought on the couch or in your car prior to running your errands and pondered how Alfredo sauce came to be.
I really enjoy diving in and learning the history of things. Before we dive into a plate of delicious Instant Pot Alfredo, let’s take the time to dive into the history of this classic Italian American dish?
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The story goes that around the year 1914 was a man by the name of Alfredo di Lelio. Alfredo was trying to create a new recipe to please his pregnant wife (awwww!).
From his efforts, he combined parmesan cheese and butter and poured that over fettuccine noodles. His new creation was loved by his wife so much that Alfredo di Lelio opened a restaurant in Italy where he served his fettuccine alfredo dish.
In time, di Lelio made the trek across the ocean and arrived in New York City. There he opened another restaurant and called it “Pasta al Burro,” which translates to “pasta with butter.”
What about the cream? Well, I’m not entirely sure how the cream was added to the dish. In Italy, the cream is not generally used because it is considered to be too heavy.
It is my opinion that the cream is part of the Americanized version of the original dish. This dish was enjoyed mostly by lower-income families because it was a cheap dish to prepare, yet it was filling and wholesome.
However, over the years this classic dish has been adopted by all classes and enjoyed by most.
I can’t think of a more hearty meal that really fills my tummy than this Instant Pot Alfredo!
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Now it’s time to pull out the Instant Pot and get to making one of the easiest and most delicious recipes out there! Whether you have a large family or just starting your family, you’ll be amazed by not only the taste, but you’ll also have plenty of leftovers. This recipe is also kid tested and approved! Enjoy!
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2 cups heavy cream
½ cup butter
¼ cup cream cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 package Fettuccine noodles (16 ounces)
1 cup chicken broth
1) Combine all ingredients into the Instant Pot except the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.
2) Lock the lid into place and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure using manual for 6 minutes, let pressure naturally release. The rule of thumb for the pasta you are using is to half the cooking time from what the box recommends.
3) Remove the lid and stir in cream cheese and parmesan cheese until melted. Serve while warm.
Can it seriously be any easier? In just mere minutes, you have an awesome dish that will feed you and your entire family. And it’s actually delicious!!!
I love how the Instant Pot just never lets you down. I’ve cooked every type of meal possible. Breakfast, lunch, dinner…you name it, I’ve cooked it. I’ve even bought multiple Instant Pots because I just love how efficient an appliance it truly is.
Sometimes, I get questions over my recipes so I always think it’s a good idea to pass on some of those common questions to you. (who knows, you may have those same questions, too!) And if you ever have any other questions, please send them to me! I love hearing from you!
Can I substitute the parmesan cheese for shredded cheese?
Interesting question. I would assume that you could substitute in regular cheese, but it will change the entire consistency of the meal. Instead of being smooth, it will have a more stringy and possibly lumpy look to it. (Don’t get me wrong, I love cheese so I totally get it!) I’m sure the flavor will be great, just know that visually, it may look a bit different.
Of course. Isn’t there always time for that? I would recommend doing this separately to the dish after it’s done cooking and dished into your own bowl. Then you can add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper if you want! More power to ya on the heat level you like!
Don’t forget how super simple this easy dinner recipe is. Your family will love it, you will love it, and it’s probably a pretty safe bet that everyone will want seconds or thirds as well. Once you make this once, you just might have a recipe that is so good, you’ll want to add it into your weekly meal rotation!
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- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Fettuccine noodles
- 1 cup chicken broth
- Combine all ingredients into the Instant Pot except the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.
- Lock the lid into place and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure using manual for 6 minutes, let pressure naturally release.
- Remove the lid and stir in cream cheese and parmesan cheese until melted. Serve while warm.