Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Homemade Alfredo Sauce is rich, creamy, and super easy to make from scratch. It is one of the best recipes you can get that goes perfectly with your favorite pasta or pizza! Check out this homemade recipe step by step video below.

A delicious homemade sauce will go a long way on many dishes. It is our favorite sauce to use because it is so easy to make with few simple ingredients, and is always rich and flavorful. Once you try this recipe, you will never go back to the store-bought jar bottled version. Whether you use it in Tuscan Chicken Pasta or Creamy Chicken Mushroom Casserole, we believe this is the best sauce out there!

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Alfredo Sauce is a true indulgence for various meals, and always welcomed for dinner. We love to make it once a week, and then store it in the fridge. Our son is a huge fan of it, so we make sure we have some to go with pasta. Also, this is such an easy dish to make as it only takes about 5-10 minutes to whip up a batch!  This recipe will yield about two cups, but you can easily double the ingredients for larger portions.

This is one of those simple yet comfort meals that the whole family enjoys. You can conveniently have a restaurant quality dish easily and quickly made in your own kitchen. Once you try it, it will become the most popular sauce!

WHAT IS ALFREDO SAUCE?

The dish originated from Italy which is usually made of butter, heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Due to its flavor and popularity, this is one of the most ordered and used sauces everywhere. Also, it is easily modifiable as you can add to it various flavors, such as garlic, pepper, or seasoning of choice.

How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce?

The traditional/classic way requires some simple ingredients and only a few steps.

  • The first step would be to warm the butter and cream in a large saucepan over low heat. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes and whisk while cooking.
  • Next, add the garlic and seasonings and continue to whisk the mixture for another 1 or 2 minutes. Another option is to brown the garlic in butter first, for a deeper flavor.
  • Lastly, add shredded parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. It is that simple.

Authentic Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

How do you make Alfredo sauce thicker?

If for some reason it is too thin or runny, you can fix it using these two ways:

  • Adding cream cheese. Over low heat, add slowly pieces of cream cheese to it and stir till thickened. This will make the sauce creamier and also thicken it up.
  • Making a Roux. Add in an equal amount of butter and flour (about 1 teaspoon) to a pan, and mix/whisk well over low heat. Cook it for about one minute. Next, add the mixture to the sauce and stir continuously until simmering.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce tips:

  • Use good Cheese. Since cheese plays a central role here, it is recommended to use only fresh Parmesan cheese when you make your homemade sauce. The pre-packed and grated versions will not taste the same, and also will not melt as well. So it’s best to buy a block of fresh Parmesan cheese and grate it on your own. It will taste so much better!
  • Avoid separating the sauce. To avoid the culinary horror of sauce separating as you’re whisking it together, make sure you are whisking it while ingredients are added and DO NOT overheat it. Any melted cheese sauce will break once it gets very hot since the proteins in the cheese seize up and clump together. To prevent this, make sure you cook it over low heat and for a short time.
  • Let it simmer. Cooking time for this recipe is very short, so make sure not to overdo it. Simmer it over low heat and whisk well. Let it simmer for 1 minutes or so, but not boil. Boiling will separate and ruin the sauce, which you want to avoid.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce from Scratch

Can you store Alfredo Sauce?

Absolutely! First, let it cool completely before refrigerating. Once cooled, transfer it into airtight containers or closed lidded jar. Then, place it in the refrigerator and store for up to 5 days.

Please note, that skin will form on the surface after a while, which will thicken its consistency. This is totally normal. Simply shake or mix with a fork before consuming.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  butter 
  • 1 1/2 cups  heavy cream 
  • 2 ounces  cream cheese  (optional - it makes the sauce creamier)
  • 1/2 teaspoons  fresh garlic  (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Italian seasoning  (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  black pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups  Parmesan cheese  (freshly grated )
  • 1/4 teaspoon  nutmeg  (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese (if using). Stir over low heat for about 2 minutes until melted and it starts to lightly simmer.

  2. Whisk in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper for one minute. Note: For extra garlicky flavor, first melt the butter, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add the ingredients from step 1.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add in the Parmesan cheese, continue to whisk until melted.

  4. Serve immediately with your favorite pasta.
  5. For a very subtle nutty flavor, sprinkle some nutmeg on top before serving.

Calories: 387 Carbohydrates: 6 Protein: 13 Fat: 34 Saturated Fat: 11 Cholesterol: 33 Sodium: 919 Potassium: 190 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 1435 Calcium: 433 Iron: 0.3
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Amber Myers

Oh yum, I've never tried to make this on my own. I should! I normally buy it already made, but this would be so much better.

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Jeanette

I love Alfredo sauce. It's probably one of my favorite types of sauce to put on noodles. I have to try this recipe just because my mouth is watering thinking about it.

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Glenda Cates

My sister loves Chicken Alfredo and I always try and take her out on her Birthday but this year I will let my son make her diner using your recipe which I know she will love.

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Sarah Bailey

OK now this sauce sounds absolutely amazing! I have to admit I've not tried making too many sauces at home, I need to give this one a go though.

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candy

My daughter makes a wonderful tasting alfredo sauce.  I will have to ask her if this is similar to hers and give your a try;

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Melanie

I have always liked alfredo sauce, though I have not found a great recipe for a make at home one. I prefer it over a tomato based sauce most of the time.

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Ashley

I haven't tried to make my own alfredo sauce. I'll be saving this for later 

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Tasheena

This Alfredo sauce looks so yummy. I haven't made home made in so long. Looking forward to making this for my family. 

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Marcie W.

Alfredo sauce is pretty much my weakness in life! I cannot wait to try making this delicious recipe.

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Liz Mays

I'd love to give this sauce a try and your tips should be helpful. This will be a fun new experiment!

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Terri Steffes

I love alfredo sauce, the richer the better! I love seeing yours in a jar, because I can see all the fun stuff in it!

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Dennis Littley

Homemade Alfredo Sauce is so delicious and easy to make. The homemade version compared to store bought is usually a better idea anyway. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

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Pam

I love alfredo sauce. There is nothing better than making it yourself. It's so much nicer than jarred.

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Swathi

That looks delicious, perfect recipe I didn't know that we have to add cream cheese to make it more creamier.

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Heather

Alfredo is my oldest daughter's most favorite! I will have to make this for her soon.

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Lynndee

I always just grab one from the store. I would love to give this a try. Looks delish and it is easy to make too.

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Beth

My family loves Alfredo sauce, but I've never tried to make it myself. This looks easy enough and delicious!

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Louisa

This recipe couldn't have come at a better time. I was just thinking about making alfredo sauce with pasta yesterday!

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Anosa Malanga

I am starting to cook and this would be a good idea to try. I love Pasta with Alfredo sauce and I guess this is a good time to try making some.

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Jen

Is it possible to can or freeze this recipe for long term storage?

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Hi Jen, and thanks for visiting. Yes you could, just make sure to freeze in an airtight container and then store in the freezer. The texture might be different though after freezing due to heavy cream content and cream cheese, so freeze at your discretion. We usually make to have it for a few days, so we simply store in the fridge for 4-5 days as this is the best option. However, if you want to store for a longer time, try freezing but as stated the texture will probably change and not sure its the best way.

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Ashleigh

I made this Alfredo sauce for dinner tonight. I made Parmesan crusted chicken with spaghetti and red gravy (aka marinara....I’m from New Orleans) for my kids, and spaghetti squash and the Alfredo for my husband and myself. This has to be one of the best Alfredo sauces I have ever had! I was delicious! The recipe made plenty enough for leftovers during the week (or I might’ve just keep it for myself!), and I can probably freeze the rest! Thank you so much for posting this!!

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Agenda

I made this for first time yesterday,was deeeelish! I. Used half half less ingredients as only cooking for one. Justeyeballedthe consistency. This will emu go to recipe!  

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happy that you loved it :)

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Sandra

I discovered your site after making the most delicious chocolate banana bread, loved it so much that i was hooked!!! Then, i discovered many other delivious recipes, and being a single home mom, this alfredo sauce is right on the point. It is easy, delicious and goes pretty much with everything, be it pasta, fish etc. i made it last week and it came out super flavorful and the steps can’t be easier!!! 5 stars for jt, keep doing the great job, we really appreciate your recipes!

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Ronnie

I made this today, and can gladly say that is super delicious and flavorful. I used a bit more cream cheese just because i like it with extra)) and omg, sooo yummy... pasta was gone in 5 minutes! Best recipe out there, and thanks for sharing!!

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Sheila

Usually buy McCormick packet of Garlic Alfredo Sauce mix. Had none, so tried this recipe. Always add chicken to fettuccine. Haven’t made pasta yet, but, so far, sauce tastes good. I go light on nutmeg, because fear adding too much to any dish. 

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