Christmas Fettuccine is a fancy yet super simple pasta dish consisting of finely minced shallots, garlic, white wine, cream and butter. Diced tomato and minced fresh parsley and torn basil give this fettuccine its red and green Christmas flair. Serves 6.
One of my absolute favorite Christmas movies is The Holiday. It’s one of those movies that I could watch over and over and over. It also makes me want to take trip to Surrey and drink wine out of the bottle while grocery shopping. Call me crazy, but I want to live in that movie.
Just this past weekend my girls and I watched it for, what seems like, the millionth time – or maybe that’s just me. I absolutely, irrevocably love that movie. And in one particular part in the movie Iris [Kate Winslet] offers to cheer Miles [Jack Black] up by making him ‘Christmas Fettuccine’. It’s not a poignant part of the movie, but every single time I want to be invited over for some Christmas Fettuccine.
So I made my own.
Good fettuccine is a handful of simple ingredients; butter, cream, black pepper and Parmesan cheese are the standard. In this Christmas fettuccine I sautéed shallot, garlic and fresh tomatoes, then added and reduced white wine before adding the butter, cream and cheese.
And I may or may not have sat down with this pan and gorged myself on all the carbs.
Merry Christmas to me.
To Make This Christmas Fettuccine You Will Need:
- dry fettuccine noodles
- a large Roma tomato or two
- dry white wine [or low-sodium chicken broth]
- heavy cream
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- fresh basil
First bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Meanwhile, on medium-low heat, sauté both the finely minced shallot and garlic in 2 teaspoons olive oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add in the seeded and diced Roma tomatoes, and cook until soft and starting the caramelize on the bottom of the pan. About 2 to 3 minutes.
De-glaze by pouring in 1/4 cup dry white wine, scraping the bottom of the pan. Simmer until most of the wine has cooked out, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Melt in the 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter and pour in 1 cup heavy cream. Then reduce the heat to low and follow the package directions to cook the pasta. If the sauce becomes too thick, you can add a few splashes of pasta water later, to thin it out.
Note: Never have the cooked pasta wait on the sauce, ALWAYS have the sauce waiting for the cooked pasta to be added.
Stir in 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed, keeping in mind you will be serving the Christmas fettuccine with more grated Parmesan.
Lastly, add in the cooked fettuccine noodles (and pasta water, if needed to thin out).
Gently toss to combine and immediately serve in pasta bowls with minced fresh parsley and torn basil leaves.
Finally, it’s time to eat!
Serve as is or for more of a complete meal, top with sliced chicken (like the chicken from this recipe).
Because this Christmas fettuccine is perfect with white wine, serve with a glass of sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.
Enjoy! And if you give this Christmas Fettuccine recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
- 3/4 pound dry fettuccini noodles
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium shallot, finely minced
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 large roma tomato, 2 if small, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine, like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- minced fresh parsley, for serving
- basil leaves, torn for serving
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, sauté shallot and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the diced tomato and cook until the tomato starts to caramelize on the bottom of the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Deglaze with wine and simmer until the wine is reduced by at least half, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Once the water boils add in the pasta and cook following the package directions.
- To the sauce, add in the butter and cream, stir until melted and creamy. Add in the parmesan cheese and stir until melted. If the sauce gets too thick, add in a little past water. Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to you preference.
- Immediately add the cooked fettuccine into the sauce and gently toss to combine.
- Serve with more freshly grated parmesan, minced parsley and torn basil leaves.
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Yes! Thank you for this recipe! Even easy things need explaining to the rest of us. Such a fan of The Holiday too. This pasta, white wine and the movie sound like a great night to me too!
I agree! Sounds perfect to me too! ❤️
Made this tonight for Christmas dinner. We added grilled shrimp. It was amazing!
I’m so glad, Ingrid! Grilled shrimp sounds absolutely perfect with this! Merry Christmas! ❤️
This was the best Christmas Fettuccine that we’ve ever had, and we’ve been trying to make it every year since we started watching The Holiday.
I’m so happy to hear it Don! Christmas Fettuccine for the WIN! Thanks for taking the time to make this recipe and then coming bak to leave a review!
I just made this dish after years of ‘hearing’ it on The Holiday. We have watched this several times and I finally said…enough! I made it tonight and while I’m not a fan of Alfredo, this recipe is perfect! I most definitely will make this again and serve either sliced grilled seasoned chicken breasts or grilled Shrimp. Believe me; I can’t wait to make this for my family and daughters. Thank you so much. Great recipe!
I’m so glad, Suzanne! Thank you so much for not only making this recipe, but leaving a review as well! ❤️
After watching The Holiday for the first time this year (where has this movie been all my life?!!), we thought it’d be fun to make this. We made your recipe this evening for Christmas Eve and it was amazing! Followed the recipe to a tee, then I added some pan fried shrimp (cooked in a little oil)… delicious! The minced parsley and basil leaves add such wonderful flavour! It made for a perfect dinner, thank you!
This turned out wonderful!❤️Thanks for the easy instructions! My husband was in heaven. I’ll definitely be making this delicious dish again soon.
My daughters tease me because I can literally quote the movie The Holiday…so when I was thinking of what to make for Christmas dinner I immediately said “how about some Christmas fettuccine”? My mother just game me a pasta maker attachment for my mixer for my birthday. I plan on adding shrimp…but your recipe sounds DELISH!!! Thank you for posting this post and sharing this recipe!! xoxoxo from Massachusetts!
How many people will this serve?
I made this tonight, I was a little unsure but I wanted to test it before Christmas Eve. I almost left out the tomatoes and I’m glad I didn’t I diced them small. What I love…..it’s not a thick heavy Alfredo. The wine lightens it up, the cheese is not heavy and the fettuccine is not drowning in sauce. It was absolutely delish. Thank you!
This recipe is simply amazing. It has been our Christmas Eve “go-to” dish for the last two years. Of course, I am making it this year as well.
Highly recommend it! And if time permits, watch “The Holiday” at the same time, LOL!
I have shared this recipe with several people. It’s just so good!
WITH GRATITUDE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I’m so glad you love this recipe, Noelle! Happy Holidays!!❤️
This recipe is amazing!!
After watching the holiday multiple times, one year we picked up on the fact they mentioned Christmas fettuccine so I googled the recipe and found this gem!!
This is our Christmas eve staple meal every year for the last 3+ years and it’s delicious, we are also really cheeky and do the full sauce recipe for only 2 people’s worth of pasta – VERY Indulgent but so so good. Really great with garlic flatbread too
GAH! This makes me so happy!! I’m so happy you enjoy this recipe and have made it a tradition in your home.❤️