This is the most creamy and delicious homemade alfredo sauce that you will ever make! It’s a tried and true recipe that will take all of your favorite pasta dishes to the next level.
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 Pasta.
Best-Ever Alfredo Sauce
This is probably one of my favorite recipes here on the blog. (It’s a reader-favorite, too!) If there is one thing I can always count on my family to eat it is my homemade alfredo sauce over pasta. With alfredo sauce this creamy, cheesy, and flavorful, it’s so hard to resist!
We recently had some company over for dinner and I made these Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll Ups. They are always are a huge hit! This homemade alfredo sauce really makes any dish shine. It’s thick and creamy, coats pasta perfectly, and the flavor is out of the world. It is restaurant quality that you can make right at home!
Ingredients You Need to Make It
You only need a few simple ingredients to make the BEST alfredo sauce. This sauce just has a smooth, creamy texture that melts in your mouth. For the best possible flavor, 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.
- Butter: Both unsalted or salted work for this alfredo sauce recipe. If using salted butter, then just adjust the extra salt you use or omit it entirely.
- Heavy Cream: A must-add so your sauce is rich and creamy.
- Cream Cheese: My secret ingredient! This adds a nice, thick consistency to your alfredo sauce.
- Minced Garlic: For the best flavor, use fresh garlic.
- Garlic Powder: Because you can never go wrong with too much garlic! Add some of this in so your sauce has a little extra savory flavor.
- Italian Seasoning: My favorite blend of herbs! They make the sauce smell and taste amazing.
- Salt and Pepper: Add both to taste.
- Grated Parmesan Cheese: Using freshly grated parmesan cheese is best. Powdered cheese will create a grainy texture and does not melt through when heated. This is because of all the preservatives that are added.
How to Make Alfredo Sauce From Scratch
Not only does this alfredo sauce recipe use super simple ingredients, but it’s so quick and easy to make! Simply combine all of your ingredients in a skillet and achieve creamy, cheesy goodness. It’s so good!
- Whisk Dairy Ingredients Together: In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Then cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.
- Add In Seasonings: Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Then 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 until it starts to thicken.
- Toss With Pasta: Toss alfredo sauce with your favorite pasta! I always go for fettuccine noodles to make the best fettuccine alfredo ever!
How Many Cups Does It 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. I like to reserve a little sauce on the side for dipping breadsticks in.
Alfredo Sauce FAQ
This thick, cheesy, and flavorful sauce is a reader favorite for good reason! These are a few common questions I get asked, I hope they help you create the homemade alfredo sauce of your dreams!
- Can I Make Alfredo Sauce With Milk Instead of Cream? Adding milk is always an option. You will end up with a lighter and less thick consistency but it will work. Half and half is another option you can use. If you need to thicken your sauce up a little more, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of flour until you reach your desired consistency.
- How Do I Make My 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 This Alfredo Sauce Gluten-Free? This recipe is considered gluten-free! It has an amazing flavor without substitutions.
- Is Alfredo Sauce Made With Cheese? This is a cheese-based pasta sauce that is rich in flavor. It does not harden like cheese though.
- Can I Make it Dairy-Free? There are substitutions to make this dairy-free but I do not recommend it if you are looking for an authentic alfredo sauce. Having dairy in the recipe makes it rich, creamy, and smooth. If you absolutely must, then swap out the heavy cream for a dairy-free creamer or nut milk and use dairy-free or vegan cheese crumbles. Keep in mind that the texture may end up slightly different.
- What Protein Can I Add? Alfredo sauce goes so well with chicken or fish. Try this crispy parmesan chicken or garlic brown sugar salmon!
Tips and Variations
I think this sauce is even better than any restaurant that I have been to and the best part is- you can make it yourself! It’s thick, creamy, and rich. The perfect sauce for your favorite pasta. I know that you will quickly agree that it is the BEST! This will be a recipe that you make again and again, just like I do!
- Use a Whisk: Avoid separating your alfredo sauce when mixing it by whisking it together rather than stirring with a spatula.
- Cook Low and Slow: The most important rule is to not overheat your alfredo sauce. Slowly add ingredients on a low heat and for a short period of time. Melted cheese will break and separate once it gets too hot leaving your cheese clumpy. Do not boil or overheat. Boiling will separate and ruin the alfredo sauce. If you are worried about overheating, then add your parmesan with the heat off. This will also prevent clumping!
- Protein Choices: Grilled chicken, fish, shredded rotisserie chicken, or shrimp are great with this sauce!
- Extra Seasonings: Add in more spices and seasonings like red pepper flakes or paprika so your alfredo has a kick of heat, similar to this One Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta.
- Different Cheese: To switch up the flavor, use half Romano cheese or asiago cheese instead of parmesan cheese.
Ways to Use Homemade Alfredo Sauce
With how easily this alfredo sauce comes together, you will never go back to the jarred sauce again! It’s awesome on top of just about any pasta but is also delicious used as a dip or even spread on pizza.
Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Dressings, Sauces, and Dips
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Dip
Storing Leftover Alfredo Sauce
Alfredo sauce is a favorite at our house and I know that it won’t last long, even if I double it! Here’s how to store any leftovers so you can enjoy it again and again.
- Storing in the Refrigerator: I like to store my alfredo sauce in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. It will stay good for about 5 days. The ingredients may separate as it sits, so give it a quick stir before you use it.
- Reheating: Slowly is key! Use low temperatures and stir often. If it starts to separate, slowly whisk it back together over low heat on the stovetop. It is best not to microwave this sauce. It becomes more oily and separates just as easily, if not more.
The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!
- 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!
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.
My go to! This sauce is amazing and so easy to make. I’ve tried others and I always very back. I won’t make any other sauces going forward!
Can I use extra cream cheese like 8 oz
I would suggest just using the written amounts. Adding additional cream cheese would make the sauce very thick.
This was the absolute BEST Alfredo sauce I have made! Stuck to the recipe (doubled it because I knew my family would love it!) Turned out wonderful and my daughter said it was the best sauce she has ever had! Kudos to you for an impeccable recipe! I typically don’t post comments but this was worth it!
Best Alfredo sauce recipe! And so easy to make! Thank you!
Can you sub sour cream fir cream cheese
You can! It may change the taste up a bit but it will work for the consistency.
100% HOMERUN for my super picky eater nephew. He shares my love for alfredo sauce and let me tell you, WE LOVED IT!
All he’s known is jarred alfredo sauce so this amazing recipe blew his ever loving mind lol Most definitely going to be making this again! Thank you!!!
Actually I’ve found this does freeze well! I always make a double batch n freeze. As you reheat, stir it comes back together beautifully! We love it!!
This is the same way my mother made it. I have been looking for this recipe forever. Thank you so much. Glad I can make and share with my family.
Can you can this recipe? I see you can refrigerate for 5 days just wondering if it could be canned and stored like any other Alfredo sauce homemade?
Only reason I question is the cream chees.
This recipe would need to be prepared differently in order to store it safely in a can. As is, it will only last in the fridge for about 5 days.
How many servings do I need to prepare for 10 people please.
Thank you !
I would probably triple the recipe!
Thank you Alyssa!
Question how much fettuccine would this sauce be good for. Would it go with 900 grams dry pasta. I have a large family so wondering if I need to double the recipe. Looking forward to trying it tomorrow.
This ends up being about 2 cups of sauce so enough to serve over about a pound of pasta
Wondering what the serving size is for the calorie count. Also is the pasta included?
The serving size is typically about 1/4 cup. This calorie count doesn’t include the pasta.
Alyssa, can I make this sauce & store in the refrigerator for another day? If so, how long before you have to use it?
JoAnn – If you read the article above the recipe, it says you can store for 5 days in the fridge and it gives reheating instructions
This is an easy and absolutely delicious pasta sauce. We added some shredded chicken and broccoli, it was wonderful.
Italian seasoning dos not belong in Alfredo sauce.Also, way too much butter.
Authentic Alfredo doesn’t have heavy cream either. If you’re gonna be an Alfredo Elitist Dont cherry pick the facts.
This really is the best homemade alfredo sauce! I get nothing but compliments every time I make it. I wanted to share a little of my experience making it often over the past 2 years.
It may be my stove, but I often have had trouble with my sauce separating cooking at medium. Medium low prevents it from separating for me, and creates a more relaxing experience. I also find that adding the parmesan a bit at a time makes the mixing a lot easier.
Also, if you enjoy garlic, you can increase the amount of fresh minced garlic significantly without overpowering it. My wife and I both like garlic a lot and have enjoyed it with up to 3x the amount of fresh garlic, but I don’t add any more garlic powder. This keeps the ambient flavor similar, but you get more pops of minced garlic flavor. However, I would start slow if you want to experiment with adding more.
Great recipe, truly!! Thank you so much for sharing.