California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine Recipe


Pasta with a delicious garlic cream sauce topped with fresh parsley is what makes our mouths water with this California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine Recipe. And it will with yours too. If you like pasta, this easy recipe with just 4 steps and a few basic ingredients will become a new favorite for those who gather around your table.

california pizza kitchen creamy garlic fettuccini

CPK Garlic Cream Fettuccine Copycat

CPK Garlic Cream Fettuccine is one of the most popular dishes at California Pizza Kitchen. It comes topped with bits of fresh Italian parsley and can be ordered plain or served with chicken, shrimp and/or sautéed mushrooms.

Supplies & Ingredients Needed (Full Recipe at the Bottom)

We use the following ingredients to make our copycat version of California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine Recipe:

Fettuccine Pasta
Fresh Garlic
Heavy Cream
Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper

Optional Add-ins:
Sautéed Mushrooms

Garlic Cream Fettuccine

Garlic cream fettuccine is made with ingredients exactly as it sounds. The fresh minced garlic gives it a robust flavor and the heavy cream adds the creamy flavor that makes this recipe to die for.

fork in noodles creamy garlic fettuccini

ISO: CPK Fettuccine with Garlic Cream Sauce

If you’ve been in search of the CPK fettuccine with garlic cream sauce recipe, you’ll need to search no further. Our tested copycat version gives the real deal some stiff competition.

Roasted Garlic Fettuccine Alfredo

Roasting the garlic as a first step to creating the Alfredo like sauce helps to bring out the flavor and carry it eloquently throughout the sauce. It’s a step that you don’t want to miss and only takes a few minutes. Just melt butter in a saucepan and then add the minced garlic. Roast it until it’s just translucent or begins to turn brown.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Fettuccine Alfredo

We like to use fresh Parmesan cheese for this dish. Buying it as a chunk and then grating it yourself bypasses the non-caking material that is added to pre-packaged shredded cheeses.

What Can I Substitute?

There are two main items that you might choose to substitute in this recipe.

Garlic. If you don’t have access to fresh garlic cloves, garlic powder can be substituted in place of fresh garlic. Garlic is used to flavor this dish and should not be eliminated.

Parsley. If you don’t have access to fresh Italian parsley, you can use dried parsley in its place. Fresh parsley is used as a garnish for this dish and helps to make it visually beautiful.

creamy garlic fettuccini with fork and bread

CPK Garlic Cream Fettuccine Copycat: 4 Steps

We use just four basic steps to create a delicious Creamy Garlic Fettuccine. Follow along below.  

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Fettuccine Alfredo:

Here are our step-by-step instructions to help you achieve the most delicious creamy garlic fettuccine that tastes like California Pizza Kitchen.

Step 1: The Garlic

For the absolute best results, you’ll want to use fresh garlic cloves. Choose cloves that are nice and fresh. Most grocery stores have fresh garlic available for purchase, or you might prefer to grow your own like we do. To prepare the garlic, remove the outer dried skins and mince it as finely as possible.

Step 2: Making the Sauce

To make the sauce, you’ll want to melt the butter in a sauté pan. Then add the garlic and sauté just until it is translucent in appearance. Add cream. Remove from heat. Add parmesan cheese. Garnish with parsley.

Step 3: Bring It All Together

To bring it all together, you’ll want to boil your fettuccine noodles until the perfect point of al dente. When sauce begins to simmer, add the precooked pasta. Cook until heated through.

Step 4: Spice It Up

Before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste, about ½ teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

garlic noodles

To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo

In our opinion, California Pizza Kitchen’s Creamy Garlic Fettuccine is so delicious. It’s one of those recipes that you’ll want to save and come back to over and over. And one of the great things is that it’s easy to make!

Just a few ingredients make up this luxuriously creamy roasted garlic cream sauce… perfect for dipping or swirled with your favorite pasta!

One of our favorite ways to serve this delicious roasted garlic cream sauce is with fettuccine. But it doesn’t have to only be served with fettuccine. It literally goes great with any kind of pasta including spaghetti noodles, angel hair, macaroni, rigatoni, penne, tortellini, or whatever you happen to have on hand.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

The thing that makes this recipe so good are the fresh ingredients such as garlic and parsley that are included. And the heavy cream and butter give the added creaminess.

Let’s Get Cooking!

Following is our recipe that tastes just like the California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine.

creamy garlic fettuccini with garlic bread

How to Make Classic California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine Recipe

Please follow these step-by-step instructions for the best results.


4 servings


3/4 lb Fettuccine Pasta
4 Fresh Garlic Cloves
1 cup Heavy Cream
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
½ tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

Optional Add-ins:
Sautéed Mushrooms


1.Prepare the garlic by removing the outer dried skins and mince it as finely as possible.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan then add garlic. Sauté over medium heat until translucent and slightly brown.

3. Add cream. Remove from heat. Add parmesan cheese.

4. Mix with pre-cooked fettuccine noodles. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley. Serve with cooked chicken, shrimp, or mushrooms if desired.

Recipe Notes

Garlic powder can be substituted for fresh garlic cloves. Begin by using 1 tsp and then add more to taste as desired.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This recipe is estimated to have 440 calories per serving based on 4 servings per recipe. The calories described are calculated based on ¼ of the recipe. Please note that calories can vary according to the ingredients and brand of ingredients used.

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo in 30 Minutes (Vegetarian)

This recipe is totally vegetarian unless you add the optional shrimp or chicken add-ins.

Craving More Recipes? Give these Recipe Variations a Try!

Following are some recipe variations for California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine recipe.

California Pizza Kitchen’s Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Fettuccine

To make shrimp scampi zucchini fettuccine, sauté zucchini ribbon strips in lemon juice, garlic, and white wine. Cook shrimp and toss the mixture with Italian parsley, Parmesan cheese and fettuccine.

Garlic Cream Fettuccine with Chicken

Use our recipe above for California Pizza Kitchen’s Garlic Cream Fettuccine and add cubed fully cooked chicken breast pieces to the mixture.

California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

Make a creamy tequila jalapeno lime sauce using garlic and jalapeno and sauté in butter. Mix with chicken stock, tequila, and lime juice over medium heat and add cream and soy sauce. Then mix with spinach fettuccine, sautéed red onions, sautéed bell peppers and fresh cilantro. Add fully cooked chicken breast pieces.

Chicken Tequila Fettuccine with creamy tequila jalapeño lime sauce, pasta, bell peppers and red onions is one of the most popular entrees at California Pizza Kitchen.

But making this delicious recipe at home allows you to enjoy it for only a fraction of the cost and any time you want to.

What Dishes to Serve With This Recipe?

Outback Broccoli and Cheese Recipe
Copycat Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad
Ruby Tuesday Copycat Salad
Easy Chick-fil-A Side Salad Recipe
Ultimate French Bread Recipe
The Best Focaccia Bread Recipe

Save to Pinterest!

Follow us on Social Media:

Follow us on social media:

For more posts like this one, follow us on PinterestFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Popular Pasta Recipes and Posts

Photo of author
Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

3 thoughts on “California Pizza Kitchen Garlic Cream Fettuccine Recipe”

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating