The best advice for making perfect fettuccine alfredo: don’t overthink it. This dish consists of fettucine, butter, cream, cheese, freshly ground pepper and a little parsley. As long as you keep an eye on the consistency as you’re adding the sauce ingredients, you should be okay. You’re already ingesting the holy dairy trinity, don’t ruin it by obsessing over details or going halfway “for health’s sake.”

Like your sauce really thick? Go heavy on the cheese. Like your sauce a little thinner? Add more cream (or less cheese*). It’s just that easy. Plus, there’s really nothing like a hearty helping of fettuccine alfredo to “get you through the night.”

*not recommended