Mad Men: Miss Farrell’s Fettuccine Alfredo

A review of Miss Farrell’s Fettuccine Alfredo from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

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Miss Farrell’s Fettuccine Alfredo

SuzanneThis recipe, from the 11th episode of Season 3, belongs to Sally Draper’s teacher, Miss Farrell.  When Don Draper comes over for one of their “trysts” she makes him “spaghetti with cream and butter and cheese” like she had in Little Italy.

Despite her using spaghetti in the recipe, the cream, butter, and cheese sauce clearly screams “Alfredo” which is served with fettuccine 99% of the time (not spaghetti).

So the first step is, of course, boiling the pasta.  I doubled the recipe, as the serving size said the food was enough for 1 large serving.  I shouldn’t have doubled it, though; the 1 large serving would have been enough food for my husband and I.

While the pasta was boiling, I beat the egg yolk so it would be ready to go.

After the fettuccine is cooked and drained, it’s placed in a skillet over the stove with butter, heavy cream, egg yolk, and Parmesan cheese.  Everything is mixed together over the heated stove until the sauce thickens.

Finally, the pasta is served with some pepper on top!


Taste: 8/10

This Fettuccine Alfredo was pretty good, but a bit bland in my opinion.  Maybe I’ve been spoiled by my mom’s expert Italian cooking!  I felt it needed more cheese, and some garlic would have been a great addition.20180901_202744

Difficulty: Easy

A very simple pasta recipe!  After the fettuccine is cooked, just combine it with the rest of the ingredients over the stove for a few minutes until the sauce is thick.

Cost: Cheap

Pasta and heavy cream would be the biggest expenses here, but neither are very expensive.  Other ingredients include butter, egg, Parmesan, and black pepper.


Fettuccine Alfredo always tastes better when it’s made fresh.  Since this is so easy to make, it’s pretty quick and simple to make a fresh batch on a later date instead of reheating the leftovers.

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