“From America's Test Kitchens, where they tested many, many recipes and came up with the perfect version of this classic dish. Part of the key to making this perfecto is having the serving bowl(s) kept warm. Do this by partially filling the bowls with boiling water and dumping them before placing the pasta in the dish. DO NOT use Kraft Parmesan "cheese" as ATK tested Parmesans and Parmigianno Reggiano and Kraft cheese came out being deemed "salty sawdust". ATK recommends using fresh pasta, though dry pasta will do. Be sure to use 9 oz.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, reduce 1 cup of heavy cream to 2/3 of a cup which should take about 12 minutes if you bring the cream to a boil then reduce and cook it. Add butter into this cream and let it melt.
  2. Put 4 qts. of water in a large pot to boil. Cooking the fresh pasta will only take a few minutes.
  3. As pasta cooks, finish sauce by adding other 1/2 cup of heavy cream until mixture starts to bubble. Grate in a pinch (4 or 5 gratings) of fresh nutmeg and add freshly grated pepper. Cook until bubbling.
  4. When pasta is cooked to almost AL DENTE, remove it from it's pot and place it into the cream mixture BUT SAVE 1 CUP OF THE PASTA WATER. Add parmesan cheese at the same time and toss, allowing the pasta to just finish cooking a moment or two in the sauce. If the sauce looks a bit "gloppy" and not smooth, add the pasta water in small increments until sauce is smooth again.
  5. Serve immediately. This is a dish that does not sit well and is definitely best when served as soon as it is done.

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