lemon fettuccine alfredo, from scratch... with Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta & a $100 amazon giftcard giveaway!

In my mind, there is nothing as simple, comforting and satisfying as a big plate of homemade Fettuccine Alfredo.

When we think of Alfredo sauce, most of us think of a restaurant or a little jar from the grocery store. But once you've tried making it yourself I promise you will never go back!

This easy dish has very few ingredients, very simple prep -- and in minutes you can have one of the most flavorful, delicious meals you have ever enjoyed!

Pair this delicious pasta with grilled steak, chicken or sauteed shrimp (spicy lemon-garlic shrimp! mmm) -- and of course some fresh garlic bread and a salad -- and you've got a feast!

I like to make this meal when I am running short on time or ideas or when I just want to spoil someone without a ton of prep or effort. Whether I make it lemon or just plain Alfredo (just leave out the lemon juice and zest!), I have never had someone walk away from my table disappointed!

Oh, and in case you're wondering, this meal could definitely win you a guy's heart, if that's what you're going for, that is (wink, wink).

Recently I was sent some Barilla® Whole Grain pasta to try out, and my family and I were so impressed with it! Besides the added ease of getting some more whole grains into our diets, Barilla® Whole Grain has three times the fiber of regular pasta!

(And for those of you with picky toddlers (like mine) who will eat just about nothing but pasta, this is a great thing!)

The flavor is also great, with a bit more heartiness than regular pasta and just a pleasant hint of healthfulness -- not enough to distract from the taste of the dish, which is very important to me!

Oh and if you're not sold yet, Barilla has a taste guarantee for you. If you don't like the Whole Grain version, they will send you a free box of your favorite Barilla pasta!

Visit TryBarillaWholeGrain.com and check out the Dinner Kit if you would like to see some more great recipes featuring this healthy, delicious pasta!

Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

1 lb Barilla® Whole Grain fettuccine
1/2 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
zest from one large lemon
juice from one large lemon
1 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Saute the garlic for about 30 seconds and then stir in the heavy cream and lemon zest, reduce the heat to medium low and stir occasionally until the cream is warm.  Turn off the heat and stir in the grated parmesan (leaving out a bit to sprinkle on top if you'd like!) until melted.

When the pasta is done, stir them into the warm cream sauce, toss to coat well, add the lemon juice to taste, along with salt and pepper, until the pasta is seasoned to your liking.

Serve immediately with lots of fresh garlic bread and a salad!


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