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Creamy Herb Fettuccine

I am not going to be shy about it, this pasta is certainly a splurge. A deliciously scrumptious, I just might want to eat this every day for the rest of my life splurge. Not only is there heavenly heavy cream, but I also throw in some cream cheese and butter for good measure. Mixed with fresh oregano, sage and parsley, this creamy pasta has a wonderful fresh earthy flavor.

I am a planner. Especially when it comes to the kitchen. There is nothing worse than going to the cabinet and not finding a key ingredient. For this reason I plan out my grocery list before I head out. And things usually go as planned, except for yesterday.

Sunday is usually my grocery shopping day. Its a good day for me because I am not rushed and I usually go right after breakfast so I am not hungry.  But this week I had to go on Monday. Mistake 1.  Monday must be the day before they get new shipments after the weekend because yesterday my grocery store was out of everything. When I say everything I mean that not only were they out of canned pumpkin and mayo but they were even out of milk. Seriously, at least 1/2 the things on my list were sold out. Mistake 2 was going after work, apparently everyone and their brother goes at that time.

The crowds, combined with the lack of products, left me wandering around aimlessly for about an hour as I scratched what I originally planned and searched for something to make for dinner. After picking up a few bags of chips and cookies that I probably don’t need, I walked down the pasta aisle, saw a box of fettuccine and made the executive decision to make creamy fettuccine for dinner. Praying that they had what I needed, I quickly pushed my cart through the crowds of people back to the dairy aisle, found some heavy cream and then, I kid you not, grabbed the last of the fresh oregano and sage from the produce section.  Thank goodness. Who knew grocery shopping could be so difficult?

close up photo of creamy herb fettuccine in white bowl with sage leaf on top.

Creamy Herb Fettuccine

Fettuccine tossed in a creamy sauce with sage, parsley and oregano.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 pound dried fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt to taste
  • freshly grated Romano cheese if desired


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season liberally with salt before adding pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile start your sauce.
  • In a skillet large enough to hold the cooked pasta, heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Once butter melts add shallot and garlic. Cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in cream. Add cream cheese and continue stirring until cheese has melted. Continue cooking until thickened, it should coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in chopped herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Note: Try not to let the sauce boil, but if it does it is not the end of the world, just turn the stove down a notch.
  • Strain your pasta very well. Add strained pasta to the sauce. Toss to coat. Reduce heat to low, let stand for 5 minutes. Toss once more.
  • Transfer to serving platter. Grate some Romano cheese over the top, if desired. Serve.


So aside from the fact that I may need to find a new grocery store, I will chalk this spur of the moment dinner up as a success. Enjoy!
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Keywords: butter, comfort food, Cream Cheese, creamy pasta, dried pasta, entree, fettuccini, Food, heavy cream, herbs, italian parsley, olive oil, parsley, pasta, quick pasta, Recipe, sage, shallot

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    September 30, 2009 at 6:47 am

    You’re right – total splurge, but worth every second. : )
    I made some fettucini alfredo the other night and we nearly licked the bowl clean! Too bad we can’t eat it every day!

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    September 30, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Oh my, that recipe is deliciously decadent! I’ll have to save this one for a special occasion. And yes, Monday at the supermarket usually is a bad, bad experience. I’m glad yours resulted in a joyous dish.

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    Hannah j
    September 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Okay, just finished!

    So creamy!! Yum! I added mushrooms to the mix. Those we fab.
    Not so fab- the dried herbs I used. There were no fresh herbs left at the store I went to so I grabbed some cheapo dried ones and they turned out yucky :(

    But the sauce is yummo :)

    • Reply
      October 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

      Hannah- I am glad you found this sauce as yummy as I did! I LOVE your addition of mushrooms. I will have to remember that next time. Hope you get to try it again with some fresh herbs :)

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    September 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Hannah J- I hope you enjoy it! My shallot was pretty small so I used the whole thing. However, if you have a large one I would just use one of the cloves. Hope that helps! :)

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    Hannah j
    September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    This looks DIVINE…. I actually went out to buy these ingredients specifically to make this… YUM. I am gunna go try to make it now…
    One thing I am confused about: am I supposed to use the whole shallot or just a few cloves…?

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    September 29, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Sorry you had such a bad experience! I hate when things don’t go my way at the grocery store. I heard through the grapevine there is a pumpkin shortage!? Hopefully they have enough come Thanksgiving time.

    • Reply
      September 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

      Oh no! A pumpkin shortage would be awful. I have so many pumpkin ides for this fall. Not to mention I just love them as decorations.


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