The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ever!

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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.
  • Thicker Alfredo Sauce: 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.
  • 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 it 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

More Delicious Recipes Using Alfredo Sauce:

The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!

4.91 from 585 votes
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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 10 servings


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream or 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


  • In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.  
  • Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan cheese.
  • 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!



Updated on October 24, 2019
Original Post on February 18, 2016


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.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword alfredo sauce, homemade alfredo sauce, homemade white sauce
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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
    Oh My Gosh, this tastes so good! I’m a beginner cook and made this with no problem. I would recommend this without a question!

  2. 5 stars
    I am so over the moon happy with this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. This is the creamiest Alfredo sauce with so much flavor. I made this for some friends and everyone loved it. They wanted the recipe. Thanks again!!

  3. I hate jarred alfredo. In fact very few I actually like. This was Amazing! I loved it. It was quick and easy. It’s the 2nd time I have made an Alfredo sauce for my family. The 1stone was dressing up jarred. I could not eat at all, my 15 yr old son loved it though. The 2nd attempt was this one. This will be hands down a family favorite, and added into dinner rotation. Thank you so much!

    1. Is there a different cheese I can use that’s not parmesan? I’m not a fan of parmesan or anything similar but want to make a homemade Alfredo.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, thank you so much, I will be making again, especially since this is the best one I’ve ever had. The store bought Alfredo sauces don’t compare!! Never buying from pre-made sauces from the stores again! I’ve had trouble with making Alfredo sauce before because I didn’t have right the ingredients but once I got the right ones and I tried this recipe it was worth it and easy! Would recommend to anyone to try!

  5. Hi Alyssa I am making this for a b day party, can I make the sauce in the morning and serve it later that day? Or just mix it with the pasta and serve it later?

  6. 5 stars
    The most amazing alfredo sauce! I only use this alfredo sauce I don’t buy it anymore from the store. My family loves it also!

  7. 5 stars
    Alyssa, I made it! Wow! It was beyond delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe. My fussy daughter started naming dates and events of when I must make this sauce (I made it with fettuccine & chicken) again and again! I couldn’t believe it. My husband was so impressed he wants me to do a video about it – we have a channel- Happy Healthy, because this recipe is so clean and wholesome. Again, thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    This is so easy and yummy Only thing I did was added some crispy Pancetta on top and a little flat leaf parsley. This will also be my new go to tasty dinner True Confessions I also put a little cayenne pepper in for a kick Thanks for the dish

    1. 5 stars
      I put a little extra minced garlic in it, and it turned out great. I wanted to boil it longer so it would thicken but I checked the sauce after it cooled and it was good

  9. 5 stars
    I iust had to come back and comment. I used your recipe and made the BEST shrimp fettuccine alfredo that my family has ever tasted. It was so rich, creamy, and thick! It helped to make my recipe remarkable!

  10. 5 stars
    Ok so I usually hate alfredo sauce because classically it’s just pasta water and parm. But BABEY, this is amazing. I add too much garlic probably but it just good every single time.

  11. I made this and it tasted great but at the very end of cooking the sauce, the sauce is separated. I must’ve done something wrong…I haven’t made a sauce like this before.

  12. Best Alfredo sauce ever! I tweaked it just a bit and added 2 teaspoons of garlic powder because our family loves garlic besides that hands-down the best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever had!

  13. 5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for about 3 years now and it is the best ever! It is better than most restaurants. I appreciate you for posting the sauce recipe for one of my favorite meals.

  14. 5 stars
    I have zero social media accounts and have rarely clicked a like 👍 button on anything, however, this recipe deserves some acknowledgment…it’s amazing!!Ots absolutely far better than, not only homemade Alfredo recipes I’ve tried to tackle, but it’s better than any Alfredo sauce I’ve had, at any restaurant in at least 20 yrs (and trust me I’m a fan of Alfredo anytime anywhere!! kind of person!). I’ve been craving this kind of Alfredo for years and years, and my tummy is so happy tonight:) Who knew it would be so amazing with such ease and simple ingredients! However, my only recommendation is to use all fresh ingredients. Tonight was my first time cooking w home-grown oregano(I used my own grown parsley and basil also, but either or a given in tons of recipes anyways. Bottom line, this recipe is so great, and I recommend using fresh ingredients bc it makes it even a smidge better:)

  15. Hey thanks for this recipe it was really tasty and my son enjoyed it alot.
    Just a note to some people I just personally didn’t like the cream cheese added into it. But that’s just my taste. Otherwise very good and easy to follow instructions.

  16. Oh my goodness this was so so good. The cream cheese makes a huge difference in the best way! I didnt add any salt to mine. Best alfredo recipe ever thankyou!

  17. This sauce is AMAZING! I see it says serves 10. Does anyone know the serving amount?? I can’t find it.

  18. 5 stars
    A lot of people make the claim that their (insert here: any dish made) “Best Recipe Ever” & most of the time, the recipe does not live up to the hype. This is not one of those recipes. It is so freaking good and even more important, it’s SUPER EASY! I’m such a fan, we use this recipe at least once a month because it’s so yummy. I only add one additional thing, and that is Cajun seasoning because we love Cajun pasta in our household.

  19. 5 stars
    OMG this is truly the best Afredo Sauce. Made it last night. Was alittle leery for adding the cream cheese but it just made it. We added homemade shrimp cooked in butter and garlic to the sauce. Poured it over fettuccine noodles and Ibjust can’t say enough. It was so good, There’s none left!!! Even the kids loved it and my very picky adult son. Can’t wait to make it again!

  20. This is my go to Alfredo sauce. I make it at least once a month! With a 10 year old pasta eater, this is her favorite dish. Been making it for over a year now.

  21. 5 stars
    This sauce was amazing, I actually made it two nights in a row. We had left overs from prior dinner but not enough for the next. It came out even better the second time. I read one of the suggestions wrong saying not to use a wisk but I did and it came out perfect. I will never use another recipe for Alfredo sauce, that’s for sure. Question though why can’t you reheat a 3rd time?

  22. Damm Girl, your a keeper, This was oooooooveeeeeeeer the top. I added some shrimp to it and believe it or not I had seconds. Kudos to ya for putting this amazing sauce together.

  23. 5 stars
    This is an outstanding recipe. You did a great job on this page. I love how you explained in detail and your tips. This is the only page I found that does this for alfredo sauce. You need to know these things too as to not break your sauce. I’m a beginner and this tasted like I am a professional. I used cream cheese, parmesan, gruyere, asiago. Omg it was flipping outstanding. Ty for the work you put into sharing this. I will definitely look at your other recipes.

  24. 5 stars
    This is my go to and favorite recipe for Alfredo sauce. I made it for my family and they love it!! I’m so glad I found this website!

  25. This sauce is so easy to make and very tasty, like authentic! The only thing I alter in the recipe is the amount of butter, as a 1/2 cup is way too much, causing the sauce to be greasy. I reduced it by half and used 1/4 cup instead and it’s much better.😊

  26. Remarkable! I added Cajun seasoning and cayenne for a blackened cajun seafood pasta Alfredo dish with catfish, shrimp and chicken. It was delicious! This sauce was an excellent base.

  27. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for years now and everyone I’ve made it for (including myself) has LOVED it! It is so much easier than a traditional alfredo sauce, and the flavor is incredible. The only thing I do differently is I use more garlic, but that’s just my personal preference. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  28. 5 stars
    My God, I just made this & it is absolutely delicious !!!!!! This is the ONLY Alfredo sauce recipe I will use from now on :-))
    And adding cream cheese is genius !!!!!

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious! I whipped this up for my daughter for dinner. Very easily halved the recipe and I already had all the ingredients in the fridge. Highly recommend!

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