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.

Best Ever Alfredo Sauce

I just had to post my favorite 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 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 Sauce:

Simple ingredients for an elegant sauce that is a classic dish loved by all. This 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 Fettuccini Sauce:

Creating this master piece does take a little bit of time. We all know that it is worth it! We love making this sauce and it is a quick and easy. It 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!

Alfredo Sauce in a pan

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 it 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 it 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 sauce on the side for dipping. 

Is Alfredo Sauce Keto?

Yes! This is totally 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 white 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.

Even Better with These Tips:

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 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:

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 dinner 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.

Pasta mixed with Alfredo Sauce

Make a Complete Meal!

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 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!

What To Make With The Best White Sauce:

Alfredo sauce is a family favorite over here. I know that I can make so many delicious recipes with this 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.

Alfredo Sauce with pasta

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 sauce again and again when storing it properly.

  • Storing in the Refrigerator: 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.
  • Freezing: Unfortunately this Alfredo Sauce does not freeze well. Because of the freshness of it, it will separate when freezing.
  • Reheating: 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 and pasta in a bowl

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The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!

4.9 from 547 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 10 servings

Description

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

Serves: 10

Calories329kcal (16%)Carbohydrates3g (1%)Protein6g (12%)Fat33g (51%)Saturated Fat21g (105%)Cholesterol111mg (37%)Sodium347mg (14%)Potassium67mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1218IU (24%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium159mg (16%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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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. 5 stars
    This was an EXCELLENT recipe! Loved the Italian seasoning in it. We used 2 cloves of garlic (equivalent to 1 tsp) and added a 1/2 cup of shredded Pecorino Romano. The cheese still melted down perfectly and the sauce thickened nicely. Also added some precooked rotisserie chicken. This will be a staple for us for sure!

    1. Thank you for your review – I will be adding chicken also. AND I too was like, oh Italian Seasoning!
      Next week I make fresh pasta for the first time and this! will be our topper with some hard crust bread and salad.
      Your review sold me. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! I made it once and my kids loved it. I use milk 🥛 in it. It’s a staple in our home now.

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve been using this recipe for 7 years now. It is soooo good! I didn’t realize how good until i went to my sisters for dinner and she made a homemade Alfredo sauce it was so bland and not nearly as good. Can’t wait to show her this!😊Thank you!

      1. I read this review to my husband and he was like “I knew you were going to say something about your sister’s alfredo” hahahaa

    1. The thickening process does take a few extra minutes. Be patient and continue to stir until it starts to thicken. It is best to keep the temperature medium during this part.

  3. 5 stars
    As the other reviews state, this is an absolutely delicious and super simple recipe!! I fried up some shallots, asparagus and mushrooms first then added the sauce followed by some broccoli and baby spinach. Wouldn’t change a thing..total comfort food and just incredibly delicious…yum yum YUM! Thank you for sharing!! PS my fiance said it’s by far the best white sauce pasta sauce he has ever tried and that I must never forget this recipe 😉

  4. 5 stars
    This had that ingredient that was always missing from my other homemade alfredo sauce. Delicious!! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  5. 5 stars
    I make this again and again and again. It’s my favorite and I can’t get enough. Follow directions exactly, as it does make a difference or your sauce will break…so simple, so incredibly delicious. Your people will swear you cooked for hours

  6. 5 stars
    This is the BEST recipe! I added grilled chicken and green peas. I cooked frozen green peas and added them and the chicken at the end. It was better than Carraba’s fettucine alfredo.

  7. 5 stars
    I had some left over crab meat that I wanted to use in something other than a crab cake. Decided to use in an Alfredo sauce. I made this recipe and it was phenomenal! I loved it and can’t stop raving about it. I used Toscano cheese since that’s what I had on hand. Warning it is super rich and a little addictive.

  8. I used your Alfredo recipe with sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini and peas to make a wonderful primavera. Your recipe is wonderful! Thank you!

  9. This sauce was incredible! I doubled the fresh garlic and used fresh herbs from the garden: rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano, equal parts to equal 1tsp. The sauce was quite thick, insanely rich, and came out better than most restaurants. Thank you!

  10. I was in heaven when I ate this. I started eating it right off a spoon before it even got on the noodles. I made it with fettachini, fresh asparagus and frozen shrimp. I loved that the sauce didn’t penetrate the noodles as fast as other sauce does, it stayed right on the noodles and coated them so creamy. This will be a mainstay in my kitchen. I have a hard time making just a little of anything so I have enough for Lunch tomorrow and maybe a side dish for supper, that is if I can leave it alone long enough for supper. Great recipe for sure. keep them coming. Always looking for new recipes.

  11. This is such a good one. If you find two comments the first one was having trouble going thru but kept saying it did
    I make this for supper with asparagus and shrimp and oh my so creamy and stayed right on the noodles. I started eating it right off the spoon before I got it on the fettichini. I have a ton left over because I don’t know how to cook in small batches, so I will have some for lunch and as a side for supper again tomorrow, that is if I can stay out of it between supper and lunch haha

  12. 5 stars
    I never leave comments on recipes but this recipe is bookmarked and favorited a thousand times over. I love this recipe. It is guilt free, easy to make and dangerously delicious. I use this recipe for pizza, for actually fettuccine alfredo and anything I can think of. It’s a cheesy, white butter sauce in my opinion. It isn’t very salty, just enough flavor and very versatile. Don’t pass on the chance to use this recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    I don’t leave comments often but this recipe is deserving of the recognition! This sauce was so simple to make, prepped everything ahead of time, and the suggested tips like grating your own quality Parmesan cheese & using the heavy whipping cream vs milk only added to the creamy goodness! I will add a pinch of chili flakes to add a kick next time. My family loved it and I added chicken which helped soak up some of the extra sauce. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  14. Thank you for the recipe. I followed it as written and it was creamy and good, and most of all, easy to make.

  15. 5 stars
    JUST WOW .. finally a trust worthy recipe. I HIGHLY recommend this, also I HIGHLY recommend to leave the salt out, butter and the cream have so much in it already. EASY TOO do it!

  16. 5 stars
    My granddaughter is a fettuccini fanatic. She just turned ten and for her birthday she wanted Alfredo. I was going to just buy it from a restaraunt but it would had ran me 250 plus. So I decided to make it myself. 30 recipes later I picked yours. I dont know why but I’m so glad I did. This was hands down freaking yummy!!! I never follow a recipe to the T but I did this one and glad I did. The only con is I struggled following your descriptions which It almost made me find a different recipe. But then I watched the video and I went from that and it was very easy to make.
    This one will be saved and used again! I would even say it’s better than most Restaraunt’s. Thank you!!

  17. Made it last night. Hubby loved. far better than any recipe that I have tried. Added some fresh steamed broccoli and chicken. Simple and delicious

  18. 5 stars
    The name is no lie: this is quite possibly the best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever tasted. I was initially puzzled by the call for cream cheese, but it adds SUCH a great flavor and consistency. This is the first recipe I’ve ever taken the time to rate, that’s how good it is.

  19. I just made this for the first time, and it was amazing, and my family loved it! I doubled the recipe, used a 16oz box of penne rigate pasta, and a whole rotisserie chicken. We’ll get a couple meals out of it. It really is the best, I’ll never buy alfredo sauce in the grocery store again!

  20. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! I usually eat it with chicken and cauliflower rice. I do have a question about the nutritional info. Is the calorie count and other info for the whole amount made, or 1/10th portion? I find that I use about a cup and I’m just trying to figure out how to log it.

    Thank you!!

  21. 5 stars
    I typically don’t leave replies on these types of recipes sites, but I think this recipe warrants it.

    It has been hands down our favorite Alfredo recipe in the house. Even my wife, who had a long history of dating Italians before unfortunately settling for me, said that the sauce I made with this recipe rivals hers.

    Don’t worry, she knows it isn’t my recipe. Lol. I gave full credit to you and we’re thankful for it. It has livened up so many meals.

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