This rich and creamy homemade alfredo sauce recipe is truly the best alfredo sauce that you will ever make! Ready in 10 minutes with 6 simple ingredients, it is a tried and true recipe you will make over and over again.
Table of Contents
- Why This Is The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- Watch How To Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- What Is Alfredo Sauce?
- Recipe Ingredients
- How to Make Alfredo Sauce From Scratch
- Tips and Tricks For This Easy Recipe For Alfredo Sauce
- Substitutions & Variations
- Serving Suggestions
- Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
- More Classic Pasta Recipes
- Get the Recipe
Why This Is The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- So Creamy: Made with nutty parmesan cheese, rich butter and cream, this Alfredo sauce is thick, rich and ultra-creamy. It is SO much better than store-bought Alfredo.
- Easy: You may think this creamy sauce is hard to make, but it only takes 10 minutes with a whisk and a skillet!
- Budget Friendly: Made with just 6 simple ingredients you may already have on hand, this sauce is cheaper to make at home.
- Classic: To say this easy alfredo sauce is a crowd-pleaser would be a massive understatement! Served as fettuccine alfredo, or with chicken for chicken alfredo, everyone will want seconds!
Watch How To Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Want to see how to make Alfredo sauce step by step? Check out the video below:
What Is Alfredo Sauce?
Alfredo sauce is a simple Italian pasta sauce, traditionally made with just parmesan cheese, butter, salt and pepper.
American-style Alfredo sauce is a richer sauce made with the addition of heavy cream, flour or cream cheese. Serve it over pasta or chicken – or both – and enjoy a deliciously creamy pasta dish for dinner!
You only need 6 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand! For full detailed directions see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Butter: If you use salted butter, consider reducing the amount of salt you add as seasoning at the end.
- Heavy Cream: If you don’t want to use all heavy cream, you can use a mixture of whole milk and cream. You could also use half and half for an even lighter sauce.
- Garlic: You want to use fresh garlic, not jarred garlic, for the most flavor.
- Parmesan Cheese: You want to use freshly grated parmesan cheese, not the kind in the shaker can. (Read why in the tips section below.)
- Seasoning: You’ll need salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. You can also add a pinch of Italian seasoning.
How to Make Alfredo Sauce From Scratch
You can mix together this easy Alfredo sauce in just a few steps! For in depth directions, scroll to the recipe card below.
- Simmer: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the cream and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook, whisking often, for 5 minutes.
- Flavor: Add the minced garlic, and cook it for another minute. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk until it’s melted. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve: Toss in your favorite cooked pasta and dinner is served! Homemade alfredo really is that easy to make!
Tips and Tricks For This Easy Recipe For Alfredo Sauce
Here are some tips to make sure you get the best results:
- Use fresh parmesan! The most important tip is to use freshly grated parmesan. You can grate it yourself or use the kind found in the refrigerated section. Do not use the green shaker can, it is coated in anti-caking agents and can make your sauce over-thicken or seize up.
- Double the recipe. This sauce will make enough to throughly coat 8 ounces of cooked fettuccine. Double the recipe if you are making 16 ounces (1 pound) of pasta!
- Don’t overheat. Too much heat can burn the butter/garlic and make the cheese clump, so keep your heat low and steady.
- Use a whisk. You don’t want your sauce to separate, so use a whisk and stir the sauce often. This will keep your Alfredo sauce from separating or burning.
Substitutions & Variations
The is a very traditional and classic American style, homemade Alfredo sauce recipe. Here are a few fun alternatives you can try:
- Extra Thick: For a super thick sauce, add 1 tablespoon of flour to the melted butter and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Then add the cream and continue with the recipe.
- Lemon: For a lemon Alfredo sauce, add fresh lemon juice when you add the cream. For a slight lemon flavor, add juice from half of a lemon. For a very lemon-y Alfredo, add juice from a whole lemon.
- Cream Cheese: Alfredo sauce with cream cheese is another common swap made in many American home kitchens. It gives your Alfredo a slightly tangy flavor.
- Asiago or Romano: For a slightly different flavor, swap the parmesan for another hard cheese like Asiago or Romano.
- Garlic Powder: While I highly recommend using fresh garlic, you can use 1 teaspoon garlic powder in a pinch.
- Nutmeg: Add a little freshly grated nutmeg to add a touch of warmth! Just grab your microplane grater and a whole nutmeg and grate about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, to taste, into the finished sauce.
Once you have the sauce, what should you do with it? Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Pasta: Just pick your favorite pasta: fettuccine, penne, ziti, spaghetti, etc. It’s also amazing over stuffed ravioli. Don’t forget a slice of homemade garlic bread on the side!
- Meatballs: It’s delicious served over these homemade Italian meatballs.
- Chicken: Drizzle over chicken breasts, use it in this Cajun chicken Alfredo or this chicken broccoli Alfredo bake!
- Pizza: Alfredo sauce makes a perfect white pizza – especially if you top it with some chicken, bacon, or mushrooms.
Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
Yes, you can if done properly! Cream based sauces often separate when thawed, so you will need to heat and whisk it well to bring it back together. If you end up with leftover Alfredo sauce, here are your storage options:
- Fridge: Store alfredo sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Reheat: Best way to reheat this sauce is on the stovetop over medium low heat. Whisk constantly and cook until heated through.
- Freezer: Freeze cooled sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months. For best results, thaw sauce overnight in the fridge. Then reheat as directed above.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cream and bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking often, for 5 minutes.
- Then add garlic, cook for 60 seconds. Add cheese slowly (I recommend doing it in two batches) and whisk until melted. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Toss in your favorite pasta and dinner is served!
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