Apparently it was a Roman chef, Alfredo di Lelio, who served this meal to scores of greedy diners and they called it Pasta Alfredo. He cooked and drained fresh pasta (what else those days …?) which he simply tossed in butter over high heat as diners arrived. Once heated, he would add grated cheese fresh herbs and tossed it some more until the cheese was melted. Talking about simple is one thing, but this easy is another!! Some other clever chef, with time on his hands, added the cream and ham and the stuff that we today know as Pasta Alfredo. I like the original version!