The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ever!

Alfredo Sauce is the most creamy and delicious homemade alfredo sauce that you will ever make!   This is a tried and true recipe and you will agree that it is the best recipe out there!

This is my most popular recipe for a good reason! If you love alfredo as much as I do try this Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pasta, Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta or Asiago Garlic Alfredo Pastahomemade Alfredo Sauce in a jar using a spoon to show how thick it is.

Alfredo Sauce

I just had to post my favorite alfredo recipe that I have created here on the blog.

There are a few secret ingredients that set it apart from all of the rest.

If there is one thing I can always count on my family to eat it is my homemade alfredo sauce over pasta.

We recently had some company over for dinner and I made these Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll Ups and they always are a huge hit!

This alfredo sauce is thick and creamy and the flavor is out of the world.

It is restaurant quality that you can make right at home!

What is Alfredo Sauce

Classic Alfredo Sauce is a simple but elegant creamy, white sauce that is commonly known to lay over pasta noodles.

It is made from butter, a type of cream and parmesan cheese.

Adding seasonings and cream cheese for a thickener I like to blend a rich, creamy sauce together that is simple and irresistible.

The end result of this mixture is satisfying to say the least!

What you need to make alfredo sauce

Simple ingredients for an elegant sauce that is a classic dish loved by all.

Alfredo Sauce just has a smooth, creamy texture that melts in your mouth.

The best results comes from the ingredients. Using the freshest ingredients is key!

Fresh parmesan cheese grated off the block is one of those key ingredients.

This will create a smooth textured sauce rather than a grainy one.

Each of these ingredients melt and blend together so well creating a masterpiece!

  • Butter: either unsalted or salted work for this alfredo sauce recipe.
  • Heavy whipping cream: for a richer and creamy flavor heavy whipping cream is preferred over whipping cream.
  • Cream cheese: this adds a nice thick consistency to your alfredo sauce.
  • Minced garlic: for best flavoring use fresh garlic and mince it the best you can.
  • Garlic powder: adds to the rich and garlic flavoring.
  • Italian seasoning: brings on an Italian fill and blends all the seasonings together.
  • Salt and pepper: just to taste!
  • Grated parmesan cheese: using real parmesan cheese is best. Powdered cheese will create a grainy texture and does not melt through when heated.

How to make Alfredo sauce

Creating this master piece does take a little bit of time. We all know that it is worth it!

We love Alfredo sauce and it is a quick and easy sauce that can be made in minutes with these simple ingredients.

Enjoy alfredo sauce right when you need it!

  • Whisk dairy ingredients together: In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.
  • Add and whisk seasonings: Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in cheese: Add the grated parmesan cheese.
  • Thicken your sauce: Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Toss with pasta: Toss it with your favorite pasta!

Is Alfredo Sauce keto?

Yes! This is totally keto! I left out the flour and that makes this keto.

Crazy, I know! But such good news!

If you are following a low carb diet this can be a great recipe to enjoy while cutting back on other favorite meals.

Even though it is keto and considered a low carb recipe, it is still full on creamy, thick and rich alfredo sauce.

It will be like dessert in your mouth!

This easy to make Alfredo Sauce recipe will have you saying MMMMM and AWW, with every bite.

Alfredo Sauce in a pan

FAQ’s for making Alfredo Sauce

This alfredo sauce has delicious garlic flavor and Italian seasonings.

I like to add cream cheese to my alfredo for that extra creamy flavor and texture.

This alfredo sauce always gets raved about whenever I make it!

  • How to make Alfredo Sauce with milk instead cream?

    Adding milk is always an option. This will be a lighter and less thick consistency but can work. Half and half is also another option instead of heavy whipping cream. To thicken it up a little more adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of flour to thicken.

  • How to make Alfredo Sauce thicker?

    When adding cream cheese, slowly cut chunks of cream cheese as you are stirring. This helps create a thicker and creamier sauce. You can also use a roux by using an equal amount of butter to flour, about 1 teaspoon.

  • Is Alfredo Sauce gluten free?

    This recipe is considered gluten free! It still has a great taste and all the fresh ingredients to make this just the way you like it with no substitutions.

  • Is Alfredo Sauce cheese?

    This is a cheese based sauce that is rich in flavor. It does not harden like a cheese though.

  • Does Alfredo sauce have dairy?

    There are substitutions to make this dairy free but I do not recommend it if you are looking for the authentic taste of Alfredo Sauce. Having dairy in this Alfredo Sauce recipe makes this rich, creamy and smooth when simmering.

  • Is Alfredo Sauce good with ground beef? 

    It can be done, but not recommended. Alfredo sauce goes best with a chicken, fish or pasta.

  • How Many Cups Does this Yield?

    When you are done making your Alfredo Sauce you will be able to fill a tall canning jar. This is about 14 to 16 ounces (1 pound) of pasta or 2 cups of sauce. We like to reserve a little alfredo sauce on the side for dipping. 

Tips for making Alfredo Sauce

I think this sauce is even better than any restaurant that I have been to and the best part is that you can make it yourself!

It is thick, creamy, and rich and the perfect sauce on top of your favorite pasta.

I know that you will quickly agree that this is the BEST!

This will be a recipe that you make again and again, just like I do!

  • Slowly add in your heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. This will enhance your flavors as well as thicken evenly throughout.
  • Avoid separating your Alfredo Sauce when mixing it by whisking it together rather than stirring with a spatula.
  • Parmesan cheese is the key ingredient for making this Alfredo Sauce thick and creamy. I recommend using a fresh parmesan cheese that you grate yourself or similar. Try to avoid using the powder or grated grated parmesan cheese in a tall can.
  • The most important rule is not overheating your Alfredo Sauce. Slowly add ingredients on a low and for a short period of time. Melted cheese will break and separate once it gets too hot leaving your cheese clumpy.
  • When simmering, a shorter amount of time is best. Around 1 minute, whisking it well.
  • Do not boil or overheat. Boiling will separate and ruin the alfredo sauce.
  • If you are worried about overheating, add your parmesan with the heat off. This will also precent clumping and separating the alfredo sauce.

Variations of alfredo sauce

There are many variations that can be done with Alfredo Sauce recipe.

Adding thickeners or making it more creamy and watery are great ways to adjust this Alfredo Sauce.

Substituting any dairy or cheese can have major changes to this alfredo sauce recipe though.

For best results, enjoy my delicious Alfredo Sauce recipe that is definitely a tried and true recipe that is pure perfection!

  • Half and half or milk is great to substitute the heavy whipping cream.
  • Grilled chicken, shredding rotisserie chicken or shrimp goes well with pasta.
  • Add in more spices and seasonings like red pepper flakes or paprika for a sweeter and spicier Alfredo Sauce like this One Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta.
  • Use half Romano cheese or asiago cheese instead of parmesan cheese.
  • Making your own fresh pasta instead of dry pasta tastes even more amazing.

Ways to use Alfredo Sauce

This alfredo sauce recipe comes together pretty easily and you will never go back to the jarred alfredo sauce again!   

It is awesome on top of just about any pasta but is also delicious used as a dip or even spread on pizza.

You can’t go wrong where you add your Alfredo Sauce to!

  • Pasta: Any pasta is great with Alfredo Sauce. The thicker and larger is best to soak up the rich, thick and creamy sauce.
  • Pizza: Alfredo pizza is one of our favorites. We love the fresh and lighter taste this sauce has to offer. This Chicken Alfredo Pizza is a great use of Alfredo Sauce recipe. Making my Quick and Easy Dough for the crust is a great combination too.
  • Dipping: We love to dip breadsticks or Miracle No Knead Bread. It is always so delicious and almost addicting it is so good!
  • Casserole: I have several casserole dishes that work so well with this alfredo sauce. It is easy to make and add to a simple casserole. Try this Pesto Alfredo Chicken Casserole for your next main meal!

Pasta mixed with Alfredo Sauce

What to make with Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is a family favorite over here.

I know that I can make so many delicious recipes with this Alfredo Sauce.

Simple and basic recipes to a little more complex, this Alfredo Sauce recipe just does the trick!

Make this a complete meal with a few vegetables, garlic bread and a side salad.

How to store alfredo sauce

To make the perfect blend of Alfredo Sauce you will want to watch your cooking temperature and stirring well.

This will make the perfect alfredo sauce and reheating just a breeze.

Alfredo Sauce is a favorite in our home and I know that it does not last long, even if I double it!

Enjoy your Alfredo Sauce again and again when storing it properly.

  • How long does Alfredo sauce last in the fridge: I like to pour my Alfredo Sauce in a jar and sealed in the refrigerator. For best results and continued flavoring it will last in the fridge for about 5 days.
  • Can you freeze Alfredo Sauce: Unfortunately this Alfredo Sauce does not freeze well. Because of the freshness of it, it will separate when freezing.
  • How to heat up Alfredo sauce: Slowly, is the key! Slow, low temperatures and stirring often. If it starts to separate, slowly stir it back together over low heat on the stove top. It is best not to microwave this sauce. It becomes more oily and separates just as easily, if not more. Once reheated, do not reheat again.

Alfredo Sauce with pasta

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The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!

4.9 from 413 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 10 servings

Alfredo Sauce is the most creamy and delicious homemade alfredo sauce that you will ever make!   This is a tried and true recipe and you will agree that it is the best recipe out there!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream 2 cups
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.  

  2. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan cheese.

  3. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Toss it with your favorite pasta!

Recipe Notes

Updated on October 24, 2019

Original Post on February 18, 2016

Nutrition Facts
The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 347mg14%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1218IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. Hi Margrett,
      Thanks for the great question. I am so glad that you like it. I would suggest to not use whole milk as it does not tend to thicken as well and it will alter the taste. I hope this helps! Thanks so much for following along with me!

  1. I love this recipe ! The Alfredo came out so good , I made lasagna roll ups . Will definitely be making my own sauce from now on ! Thank you so much ! I am in LOVE !

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best Alfredo sauce I have ever eaten bar none. And it’s so easy to make! Why anyone would buy jar or any of the other gourmet sauces that have water or other ingredients is just not common sense. I made this to go over some crab & shrimp raviolis and it was the perfect sauce.

  3. I was curious about what kind of Parmesan cheese? I know it says grated is that like the kraft grated In the green container? Cause last time I made Alfredo sauce the recipe called for grated so that’s what I used and it was super grainy.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this, I always have to double the recipe, as we put chicken and broccoli in the fettuccine and every one lives the sauce!

      1. 5 stars
        Mine separated as well this time and I also wondered why. I have made this delicious recipe many times and this never happened before. Thanks so much Alyssa for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    Wife has been wanting to make homemade sauce for ages! She has been having cravings so I thought this would be the best time to try and it did not disappoint she LOVED it!!! As did the two little ones! Thanks so much😁

    1. It really depends on how much sauce each person likes on their noodles and/or breadsticks. I like to do a package of noodles to this sauce or 1 to 2 pounds. I do have 2 growing boys and a family of 6 I am feeding though.

  6. 3 stars
    Pretty good recipe, but way too dairy-laden. You don’t really need the cream cheese with 2 cups of cream. I used store-bought refrigerated shredded parmigiana–definitely too cheesy. That, plus not as flavorful as I wanted. Next time, I am going to try a different recipe. (Docked 1 for too much dairy, docked 1 for not enough flavor).

  7. I’ve tried a few different alfredo recipes and this one is hands down the best one I have tried so far!
    Doubled the reciept and added chicken the family loved it!! Thanks for sharing

  8. 5 stars
    How much sauce does this make ? I read last for 2-3 days is that just If you keep the sauce by itself because I plan to meal prep with chicken Alfredo.

  9. 5 stars
    I love love love this Alfredo! I’ve been making it for a while now and everyone who’s tried it has loved it too. I tried the jarred version after a couple months and couldn’t finish my plate, it was so bleh compared to this.

    I love this recipe because it’s really flexible. Once I was at my sister’s house and needed to come up with a quick meal. She didn’t have butter or heavy cream, so I used olive oil and whole milk and it still came out delicious! I’ve also used low fat cream cheese and it worked too.

    The only changes I’ve made is adding a pinch of nutmeg, and sometimes a little more cheese has been requested so I add another 1/4 cup or so. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  10. I never leave reviews, Like many of you I’m sure, I was a bit skeptical about trying this one vs another recipe. I went with this one based on the ingredients, and reviews! I’m so glad I did! This is now my favorite alfredo sauce! It’s the best and easy to make. I high recommend this recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    I never imagined that a recipe this simple could turn out so delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever even had Alfredo this good in a restaurant. I was about to use another recipe on another website but of the reviewers rated it 1 star. At first I thought she was being a negative Nelly but then she explained in her comments that she’s had Alfredo pasta in Italy so I continued looking and stumbled on this recipe. So glad I did!!

  12. 5 stars
    Very filling! Great tasting gots to try this recipe. One of the best I have maid and will be using this as my main recipe for Alfredo!
    Thank you

  13. 5 stars
    I made this sauce last night with homemade pasta and chicken. I made a double batch of sauce after reading the comments. Today I used my leftover sauce and chicken on a homemade pizza. I added a little extra parm on top and some spinach, just so I can say it was healthier, lol
    fabulous. I will make sure to always made a double batch. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. 5 stars
    I made this sauce tonight for dinner and I doctored it up a little bit. 1st I got ALL fresh ingredients. Cost around $35 to get all fresh ingredients the most expensive part was the cheese. But I also made it with chicken, brussel sprouts, bacon, and mushrooms. I fried them on the side with truffle oil. And I added it to the top of the sauce once i plated it. And it was truly amazing!!

  15. 5 stars
    Amazing! I added shrimp to this recipe and it was soooooooo good!! I’ll definitely be using this recipe every time!

  16. I’ve been making Alfredo sauce for years and just tried your recipe.
    Fantastic best I’ve tasted and my new go to recipe! Thank you

  17. 5 stars
    Fantastic😁 FYI, it’s all in the technique (as Spongebob once told Squidward)! You can’t throw the ingredients together all willy nilly and expect it to come out 5 stars. Try it again once more if it didn’t come out perfectly the first time😉

    Side Note: adding dry white wine = extra awesome

  18. 5 stars
    This is the best Homemade Alfredo Sauce that I’ve ever tasted!! My whole family loves it as well! Better than ANY Alfredo sauce that is off the shelf or in the refrigerator section in stores!

  19. This is HANDS DOWN the best Alfredo Sauce. I have taught my oldest son to cook it as well. We have 5 kids with all different taste buds but they all love this recipe! Thank you for sharing. It has become a household staple in our family.

  20. 5 stars
    I made this last night and the family went gaga over it! They kept going back for more until it was gone like a freight train! Ha! I did use sour cream instead of cream cheese since it seems lighter and still delightful! Many thanks for a super flavorful alfredo!

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