I'm Steven and I'm a level one chef .
I'm Julie and I'm a level two chef .
I'm Frank .
I've been a professional chef for 23 years .
My girlfriend wanted to go out to more Italian restaurants .
They were charging us $23 for fettuccini Alfredo .
And I was like , absolutely not .
I'll go and make my own fettuccini at home and now I have a happy relationship .
I make pasta a couple of times a week .
It reminds me of the summer that I spent in Cortina Pizzo .
I really like fettuccini Alfredo .
It doesn't take a lot of ingredients and everyone loves it .
I'm gonna make pasta dough and I'm gonna start with some double zero flour .
This is the grandma style pasta making no mixer required .
And then I'm gonna do three egg yolks keep mixing it until it's not really wet anymore .
And I'm gonna slowly gather in the flour from the sides .
I want this pasta to be fairly dry because if it's really wet , it's hard to handle when you roll it out .
If we roll it out at this point , it's gonna snap back because the proteins are so tense right now .
I'm gonna wrap it so it doesn't get a dry skin on it .
Pasta , gets a skin on it .
It's gonna be really hard to roll out and that's it .
That's how grandma would do it .
A nice , smooth firm dough .
It's pasta .
It's not rocket science .
Just do it .
I got my store bought fettuccini costing me 99 cents .
I like to use fresh pasta because it has a really nice consistency and soaks up the sauce .
Now that the water is boiling like my blood .
Once people criticize my fettuccini , please .
The store bought fettuccini in .
We're gonna add some salt .
Not too much .
Now , we're going to heavily salt .
This don't add too much salt in the beginning because it just throws off the whole dynamic and you just have really , really salty pasta .
Then you're going to find yourself at garden , spending $15.20 dollars on pasta when you could have just had it for five .
I have a nice old granny machine here .
I started out at the lowest setting and now all we're going to do is go down the numbers .
You don't want to rush this because if you jump through the numbers and you jump through the thicknesses , your pasta will kind of start to tear .
Now , what I'm to do is I'm gonna shave some fresh summer truffle , black summer truffle , but I have a mandolin .
This is extremely dangerous , but I want these shavings of truffle to be super , super paper thin and laminate it .
And then we're gonna have a nice kind of sandwich of the truffles and the pasta .
And I cut it in half because that's kind of the length of the fettuccini that I want for this .
Stack them and roll them fettuccini .
Some people think it's really thick .
Some people think it's really thin .
I'm just going with what I think is close to what is OK .
A couple of things , I like dry pasta but fresh pasta soaks in some sauces .
Fresh pasta only takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook the key to a good pasta .
You want the water to be moving , to move that pasta around a lot of boiling water more than you need .
Don't use a lot of water because we're not using cream .
We want the water to be really starchy because that'll help bind the sauce together .
Doesn't go to 11 .
I don't know the scientific facts behind this .
This is what I learned from my nana in Northern Italy , a wooden spoon doesn't let the pasta stick together if you want to let it sit in the water until it's a little bit hard .
Only cook it three quarters of the way just to touch undercook .
Try to get as much as you can out of the water without burning your face .
No fettuccini left behind .
So I don't mind some of that pasta water on there .
This is something that everyone throws away we're gonna use this as our sauce base .
So now we're gonna prepare the vegetables so it could be prepared for the fettuccini .
Later add a little bit of garlic broccoli , then our mushrooms .
So it can look pretty like myself .
Nobody wants salt less vegetables .
Paprika , black pepper .
I think I've put too much pepper .
It's like in my , this looks like a lot now .
But if you've cooked with spinach in the past , you know that this will go down very , very quickly .
Originally , fettuccini Alfredo is pasta , which is pasta with butter .
So surprise , a whole wheel of cheese .
This is a close cousin of Parmesan .
What I'm gonna do is I'm going to add some of that pasta water that we see that nice starchy pasta water .
We're going to add the heavy cream .
Now , I told you no cream , but I didn't say anything about butter .
We're using a lot of butter .
I use a cultured butter has a little funk to it .
Place it into the pan .
So rather than dump a whole stick of butter in , we're going to cut it in so that we can make our sauce creamy and emulsify it .
They have two secret weapons .
This one's not so secret because it's cheese and I like it great .
Finally , because it's easier to make a nice creamy sauce .
So instead of grating the cheese , you're just scraping the cheese that you feel you're going to need .
I'm from the Caribbean .
We like to use nutmeg in a lot of different things .
This nutmeg comes from a tree outside my aunt's house in Mandeville , Jamaica .
I get them smuggled in and I like to use this little micro plain .
Look at that beautiful brown nutmeg bubble and meld those flavors together just about right .
You can see that my pasta is boiling .
Now , I'm gonna dump it right into my cheese and give it a good stir .
You can see it right away .
What happens ?
I start to get a beautiful creamy sauce .
This is what I'm talking about .
Coming to come .
As my mother used to say , we're gonna put our pasta in toss plate and dress .
We have reached our final stage where we will incorporate everything into one pan and it will be ready for us to plate .
I brought a bottle of sauce from the store just in case I messed it up .
Anybody who tells you not to use your hands when you're cooking , you gotta get your hands in the food , man .
Come on .
You wanna have a good balance between pasta and sauce .
I would say pasta 45 I would say sauce 55 .
That goes 100 .
That sounds right .
I wish you could smell this at home .
Creeping on level two territory right now .
The old spoon in the pot trick seems to have worked and now we're ready to plate .
I like to put the Parmesan at the bottom because later on I'll mix the pasta with the parmesan .
Nothing gets left behind .
I have this beautiful creamy sauce without any cream .
It's just butter pasta , water and cheese .
Now , a couple of things you're gonna do a little bit more of the Jamaican Secret Weapon nutmeg .
A nice helping of truffles .
The thinner , the better on these .
You don't want them to be too thick .
I love Parmesan .
Every time I go to the restaurants , I give the person like carpal tunnel .
They like say when I never say when fresh crab pepper always that stuff that sits on the shelf that's ground up already is dead .
This is kind of still alive .
It has a nice kind of sharpness to it .
I like a little bit of parsley to make the plate look nice .
And here is my fettuccini Alfredo , voila fettuccini Alfredo .
You want to serve it right away .
Once the warmth hits the truffles , they're going to give off this beautiful truffle aroma .
This looks so good .
I almost don't wanna try it right .
Here we go .
Mm That's really good .
Should talk with my mouth because it's very tasty .
Or any time I get a request to go out , I will cook this and you can add as much Parmesan without the judgment of restaurants .
I think I hit it out of the park .
This is a great recipe for a dinner party .
Everybody loves cheese .
It looks pretty because you saw how easy it was .
You got a dinner party man , fettuccini Alfredo .
The way it's meant to be .
I would serve fettuccini Alfredo during the holidays .
It's kind of a labor of love and especially if you're gonna put truffles on it .
You gotta really like these people .
Go away .
I'm gonna eat .
Now we saw three different chefs combine three different sauces and pastas to make their own fettuccini Alfredo Steven , you store bought dried pasta .
Julie used store bought fresh pasta and Frank crafted homemade pasta store bought dry pasta contains only two ingredients , flour and water .
Julie's store bought fresh pasta and Frank's homemade pasta are both similar to dry pasta but also contain eggs .
Pasta is composed of a network of proteins holding together starch molecules .
The two essential chemical compounds in pasta , carbohydrates and proteins vary in the ratio in fresh and dried pasta .
Steven's pasta has considerably more starch than Julie and Frank's pasta .
His requires a longer cooking time to completely hydrate the starch molecules keep it separated because pasta like good friends likes to stick together .
The eggs in Julie and Frank's fresh pasta , increase the overall protein content requiring a shorter cook time to completely hydrate the starch molecules and cook the fettuccini Alfredo sauce is distinguishable by its velvety and creamy mouth feel and overall richness .
The creaminess can be accomplished by including milk fat or starches .
The sauce is an emulsion .
A combination of typically un mixable liquids into one homogenous sauce .
Stephen made an American style Alfredo sauce by combining heavy cream butter and cheese to form a silky mixture .
Julie and Frank made an style Alfredo sauce by emulsifying butter with pasta water and adding cheese to create a thickened sauce .
This pasta water , this is key to this sauce .
The butter and cream in Stephen's sauce both contain a high quantity of milk fat .
The flavor compounds locked into the milk fat , particularly lac tones and sulfurous compounds will provide a deep buttery flavor to Stephen's sauce .
Milk fat also contains phospha lipids .
Phospho lipids are ahoy both water loving and fat , loving and will help keep Stephen's sauce completely emulsified to account for the less milk fat .
Julie and Frank used starchy pasta water to help thicken the Alfredo sauce .
Julie made her sauce by heating pasta water in a pan and slowly whisking in butter to emulsify or bring together the water and butter mixture into one homogenous mixture .
Kind of good Frank combined hot pasta water and melted butter to create an emulsified sauce .
He then tossed the pasta and added the saucy fettuccini mixture into a carved out wheel of grana Padano .
The starch molecules in the pasta water will swell and thicken .
Frank and Julie's sauce creating a richness without the addition of cream .
They also included butter which dispersed throughout the pasta water , creating an even textured and smooth sauce and it doesn't work well unless you get it all over yourself .
You got to get it everywhere .
All of our chefs toss their pasta in the sauce before plating the dish .
The residual starches on the outside of the cooked pasta will allow the sauce to cling to the outside and thoroughly coat the fettuccini .
Each chef crafted a distinct flavor profile for their sauce .
Stephen added parmesan and garlic and mixed in mushrooms , spinach and broccoli .
The garlic is like creeping into my nose but it's a good the dry store bought pasta will hold its own against the heaviness and rich flavor in the sauce .
Parsley for garnish provides an earthy flavor and classic appearance to the dish .
Julie used only a few ingredients to flavor her sauce .
Parmesan nutmeg and parsley .
The combination of parmesan and nutmeg will provide a subtle nutty flavor perfectly suited for the tender fresh pasta .
Frank used cultured butter , pepper and grana Padano cheese to deepen the flavor of his Alfredo sauce .
He tossed the pasta inside a wheel of grana Padano cheese before plating the hot pasta melted the walls of the cheese wheel heightening the cheesy flavor and texture .
In Frank's dish , cultured butter has been made with bacterial cultures .
The bacteria converts some of the sugars into lactic acid which produces die a butter flavor compound in butyric acid , a tanky flavored fatty acid paired with salty grana Padano cheese and woody truffles .
Frank's dish has a distinct flavor profile .
Using that cultured butter gives it .
That little sharpness is delicious every day beats the creamy sauce .
Toss some of these tips into your next pasta night for a rich and delicious fettuccini alfredo .