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Pasta Magnifico (Thin fettuccine with citrus Zest)


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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) cognac
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (finely chopped)
  • salt
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 10 ounces thin fettuccine
  • 1 cup roughly grated fresh Parmigiano Reggiano



Step 1

1. Fill a large stockpot with 3 qts water and bring to a boil. While waiting for water to boil, pour cream and half-and-half into a skillet with lemon and orange zest. Cook over medium heat , stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until cream lightly coats sides of pan (2-4 minutes after it comes to a boil).

2. Add cognac and mint leaves and cook another 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste and set aside.

3. When water is boiling add 1 Tbsp kosher salt and cook fettuccine until al dente. Lightly drain, transfer to cream mixture and sautee for 1 minute, moving everything around with tongs to combine ingredients. Add Parigiano, stir well and serve.

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