Arab-inspired Fettuccine with Butter and Parmesan


Arab-inspired Fettuccine with Butter and Parmesan

Silky Fettuccine Al Arabiya

In the context of Arab cuisine, this recipe takes the classic Italian dish of Fettuccine burro e Parmigiano and infuses it with Middle Eastern flavors. The result is a creamy and indulgent pasta dish that combines the richness of butter and Parmesan with aromatic spices and herbs commonly used in Arab cooking.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

4 servings


Vegetarian, Halal, Kosher, Low sugar, Low sodium

Wheat (gluten), Dairy (Parmesan cheese, butter)

Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Low-carb


While the original Italian dish relies heavily on Parmesan cheese and butter, this Arab-inspired version incorporates Middle Eastern spices and herbs to add depth and complexity to the flavors. Additionally, the pasta is cooked al dente and then tossed in a fragrant butter sauce infused with spices, creating a fusion of Italian and Arab culinary traditions. We alse have the original recipe for Fettuccine burro e Parmigiano, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat: 20g / 9g (total / saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 55g / 2g (total / sugars)
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Cook the fettuccine pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. 3.
    Add the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper (if using) to the skillet. Stir well to combine and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to toast the spices.
  4. 4.
    Reduce the heat to low and add the cooked fettuccine to the skillet. Toss the pasta in the spiced butter sauce until well coated.
  5. 5.
    Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and continue tossing until the cheese has melted and formed a creamy sauce.
  6. 6.
    Season with salt to taste.
  7. 7.
    Remove from heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Arab-inspired Fettuccine Al Arabiya immediately.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Fettuccine pasta — Cook the pasta until al dente to ensure it has a slightly firm texture, which pairs well with the creamy sauce.
  • Ground spices — Toasting the ground spices in butter enhances their flavors and aromas, so make sure to cook them for a short time over low heat.
  • Parmesan cheese — Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor and texture in the sauce.
  • Fresh parsley — Chop the parsley just before serving to retain its vibrant color and fresh taste.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a spicier kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Experiment with different herbs such as mint or cilantro for a refreshing twist.
  • Serve the Fettuccine Al Arabiya with a side of warm Arabic bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
  • Add cooked chicken or shrimp to make it a heartier meal.
  • Sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds on top for added crunch and nuttiness.

Serving advice

Serve the Arab-inspired Fettuccine Al Arabiya hot, garnished with fresh parsley. Accompany it with a side of warm Arabic bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Presentation advice

Plate the pasta elegantly, twirling it into nests or using tongs to create height. Sprinkle some extra grated Parmesan cheese and a pinch of ground cumin on top for a visually appealing presentation.