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4.93 from 14 votes

If you love pasta, this easy creamy gluten free fettuccine alfredo with optional peperoncini is a delicious meal for any pasta lover! This is just as mouthwateringly good as what you would in a restaurant!!

A plate of fettuccine alfredo topped with fresh basil.

Okay, y’all, I need to ask you where summer has gone. I just realized school starts back up in two weeks. Back to the hustle and bustle of busy weeks. Both kids are in high school, and the homework loads are crazy high. Do your kids spend hours on homework, too?

I want to make the most of that family time by creating easy dinner recipes that are ready in under 30 minutes. This creamy ricotta alfredo sauce makes the perfect family dinner.

Garlic, cheese, ricotta, olive oil, and cream make this pasta dish perfect for a family-friendly meal. You will also want to try this gluten free alfredo sauce recipe sometime!

For more quick and easy dinner ideas, you may like this easy Gluten Free Chicken Piccata recipe or this Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry recipe. This pasta dish is so simple!!

Why this recipe is so great:

This is a restaurant-quality dinner that the whole family will love. You can add shrimp, scallops, or chicken for some extra protein. My kids love this Cod Alfredo recipe, too. If you need a quick and easy meal idea, this is definitely it!!

What goes into this recipe:

Fettuccine alfredo ingredients.
  • Jovial Tagliatelle – These noodles are the closest things to real Italian noodles I have found. They hold onto the creamy Alfredo sauce beautifully. Trader Joe’s also has a gluten free tagliatelle.
  • Ricotta cheese – Ricotta adds to the creaminess of the sauce.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Parmesan
  • Olive Oil

This creamy fettuccine alfredo is such a huge hit with the kids. I can see this becoming one of our family’s go-to dinners!

Easy swaps:

  • Add broccoli, asparagus, or spinach for added nutrition.
  • Omit the ricotta for a more authentic alfredo sauce.
  • My kids love it when I add pancetta or bacon!

Recipe step-by-step directions:

This pasta in a gluten free white sauce is so easy to make!!

Sauteing garlic with leeks in a pan.

Step 1: The first step is to chop up the garlic, basil, and pepperoncini (optional).

Heat a pan over medium heat and add oil, leeks (or onion), and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes until the leeks are soft. Feel free to omit the leeks if you prefer.

Adding ricotta to the pan.

Step 2: Add ricotta cheese and mix in. I love using ricotta in my garlic cheese cream sauce because it makes the sauce thicker and clings to the gluten-free pasta well!

Adding heavy cream and basil.

Step 3: Add in fresh chopped basil and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat. Stirring frequently. Cook your gluten free pasta as directed on the package.

Adding in parmesan.

Step 4: Add in the parmesan and turn the heat down to simmer. Stir frequently.

Adding the fettuccine to the cream sauce.

Step 5: Add the cooked gluten free fettuccine or pasta to the cream sauce.

Tossing the pasta in cream sauce.

Step 6: Toss the pasta to coat in the garlic cream sauce and serve hot! My daughter makes a variation with a LOT of bacon. (It is pretty amazing, so feel free to add bacon to this creamy garlic fettuccine recipe.)

I used a gluten free fettuccine made by Jovial for this recipe. You can really use any pasta you like. Trader Joe’s also carries a gluten free fresh pasta in their refrigerated section near the cheeses. (Note: fresh pasta has a much shorter cooking time than dry pasta!)

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you use gluten free spaghetti instead of fettuccine?

You can use any gluten free pasta in this gluten free fettuccine alfredo recipe.

How long do you cook gluten free pasta?

There are so many different kinds of gluten free pasta, and they are all made with different ingredients like rice, corn, and legumes. Cooking times will vary widely. I advise cooking your gluten free pasta according to the directions on the box you buy.

Can you make this recipe dairy-free?

The short answer is yes, you can make it dairy-free. Silk makes a dairy-free heavy cream. I think coconut cream would add an off-flavor, so I would not recommend that. VioLife makes a delicious dairy-free parmesan cheese. Kite Hill makes a good dairy-free ricotta.

Are you ready to take this journey with me? Feel free to drop by my Facebook Group Gluten Free Recipe Share, and let me know what you are making for dinner during the week! We can all get inspiration from each other!

Looking down on a white plate filled with fettuccine alfredo.

More Gluten Sauces For Pasta:

a plate of fettuccine alfredo topped with fresh basil

Fettuccine with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
An easy gluten free fettuccine recipe with a creamy garlic sauce and peperoncini.
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4.93 from 14 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 325 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 box gluten free pasta * see note
  • ½ cup heavy cream * see note
  • ¼ cup parmesan * see note
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 3 tablespoons leek
  • 6 peperoncini sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta per package directions.
  • In a sauce pan, add olive oil. Let it heat for 1 minute over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add leek and cook until softened.
  • Add ricotta, salt, pepper, peperoncini, and cream. Sautee for 5 minutes, then add parmesan.
  • Dump in cooked, drained pasta into the cream sauce. Mix to coat the pasta.

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Notes

  1. Note, every brand of gluten free pasta is made of different ingredients like rice, corn, and even legumes. They all have different cooking times so I highly recommend cooking your pasta to the directions on the box you have.
  2. You can make this recipe dairy-free. I advise using Silk Heavy Cream, Kite Hill dairy-free ricotta, and VioLife parmesan cheese.
  3. The peperoncini, leeks/onions and ricotta are all optional. Leave them out if you prefer a more traditional fettuccine alfredo sauce.
  4. Fun swaps include adding broccoli, asparagus, shrimp, scallops, or chicken to add more protein and vegetables.
  5. This alfredo will keep 3-4 days in an air-tight container.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 11gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 751mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1048IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 231mgIron: 1mg
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23 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This Alfredo is amazing and super easy to whip together! I left out the peppers & leeks but the sauce came together so nice. I also put a “little bit” more cheese in it. Chefs kiss

  2. I’m totally drooling right now! This looks amazing! I love peperoncini and creamy sauces are my ultimate favorite! Have got to make this dish! 🙂

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