Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce [Video]

Catalina Castravet
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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 Recipe

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 comfortable 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 & Easy Alfredo Sauce?

The traditional/classic way requires some simple ingredients and only a few steps. Also, please watch the quick video attached.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Lastly, add grated parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. It is that simple.

How to 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 minute or so, but not boil. Boiling will separate and ruin the sauce, which you want to avoid.

Can you freeze Alfredo Sauce?

Absolutely! First, let it cool completely before refrigerating. Once cooled, transfer it into airtight containers or closed lidded jar. 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.

How long does homemade Alfredo Sauce last?

Keep Alfredo Sauce always in the fridge. If kept at low temperatures, it will last up to 5 days. However, remember to always check if the sauce has not gone bad before eating it.

More homemade sauces to try:

Sauce for Salmon

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce

Chick Fill A Sauce

Buffalo Sauce

Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Check out this rich, creamy, and super easy to make from scratch sauce. It is one of the best recipes you can get that goes perfectly with your favorite pasta or pizza!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reduce heat to low and add in the Parmesan cheese, continue to whisk until melted.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite pasta.
  • For a very subtle nutty flavor, sprinkle some nutmeg on top before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 919mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1435IU | Calcium: 433mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Britnae Sanelli

This was yummy and super quick to put together with basic pantry items, my family loved it!

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Jenny

Just made it....started with the flour/butter option - it was awesome

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Tonya

Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

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I used unsalted, it is easier this way to control the salt.

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Jacque

Can you make this with Milk and more cream cheese? Thank you

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Amanda

Can or is there away to cann this

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Hi, sorry, I never tried to can it.

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Rhiannon Thomas

Better than any Italian restaurants sauce, I have made this multiple times already. It’s my husbands favorite, thank you so much!

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happy that you enjoyed it!

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Brandi Rickard

Best Alfredo sauce EVER. Curious if anyone has ever made this with half and half instead of the Heavy Whipping cream? And how it turned out?

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works great with half and half

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Jennifer

Love, love, love this alfredo sauce!!! I have to admit I was a little intimidated & apprehensive about trying to cook homemade alfredo sauce but I am so tired of the 15 or so family approved dishes we rotate at our home. We have not ate fast food in my house since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Alabama. (My daughter has a heart condition) I made a chicken alfredo pasta & it was a huge hit with my family! They loved it! & it was so simple! Thank you very much for this great easy recipe!

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Jodie

This sauce is absolutely fantastic. It's enough to cover 1 pound of pasta. I added the 2 oz of cream cheese, and the dash of nutmeg really stands out to add more depth of flavor to the sauce. Next time, I'll add a bit of light-flavored chicken stock to make the sauce a bit runny (the cream cheese made it thicker, which we liked), then add diced rotisserie chicken. That would make a really great meal, along with a salad or steamed green beans or whatever.

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Alicia

I've actually made this recipe about 5 times already. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I NEVER liked the store bought kind, and I am a former Olive Garden employee. Hands down, I prefer this recipe anyway over Olive Garden's. I'm hooked on this recipe and my kids, nieces, and friends ABSOLUTELY LOVE my chicken Alfredo. Thank you soooo much.

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Joanir

Never thought to use Italian Seasoning. Is this customary for Alfredo sauce? I know of small peppercorn being used and sometimes cream cheese. What does the Italian seasoning add? Thank you will try not sure about seasoning. Will wait to see your reply. Thank you.

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It adds some flavor. Italian seasoning goes well with the sauce. But you can skip it

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Joanie

Thank you.

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Rhiannon Thomas

This Alfredo sauce is the absolute best Alfredo sauce I have ever had! We can’t even go out to eat and order Alfredo anywhere because nothing compares to your recipe! I can’t believe I was eating that crap in a jar the majority of my life. It Should be illegal for them to sell it. Thank you so much for sharing this, you saved my wallet and my dinner!

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Rhiannon Thomas

Don’t wait any longer make this recipe! Soooo good! I make it every time with the cream cheese, so amazing!

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Chelsea

Absolutely loved this recipe. I made the sauce and added shrimp, broccoli and tortellini...I wish we could share pictures!!! I do have a question though, if I wanted to make.some.for a few.months down the road what do I store it in??? Fridge? In a jar?

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I would recommend storing it in a glass jar in the fridge.

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