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 519 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!

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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.

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. Just found this recipe, AMAZING!! Browned 4 halved chicken breasts, added saute’d mushrooms, covered in more Parmesan and Mozzarella, and baked for 30 min at 375. Delicious!! My new go to Alfredo!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the Gluten Free recipe. I LOVE Alfredo Sauce and was happy to have this recipe. I will add to my Gluten Free Noodles with Grilled Chicken. 😍

  3. 5 stars
    My teenage son likes to cook and made this sauce one night for dinner. I honestly didn’t think I even liked alfredo sauce having tried some in the past but this sauce was amazing. We both have make it a few more times since that first time and will continue to do so. Thanks for a great recipe.

  4. Just made this today. I was skeptical because I’ve tried a few alfrado sauces already with lackluster, flavorless results. Now this recipe 😋 AMAZING and SUPER EASY to make!!! Definitely one to store and repeat often in pastas or for dipping! #delish

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time and it turned out wonderful! I did make the mistake of making way more than I needed. It goes a long way!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I quartered the recipe because I was just feeding my boyfriend and I, and from someone who barely cooks this was so easy to make. It was so good I’m going to make it again this week, my boyfriend said it was better than alfredo sauces he’s had at restaurants! Thanks for sharing!

  7. So yummy and creamy. Very flavorful and mixes well together; it’s not too “anything” (salty, herby, etc.) quick and easy too! Thank you!

  8. 3 stars
    Taste was good but it was too thin and runny even though I followed the recipe to t just subbed with milk because I had no cream. I thought with all that Cream
    Cheese and real Parmesan, not the powdered stuff, that it would be fine but I was a bit sad to find all those premium ingredients gave me an inferior consistancy, we family of three gobbled it up anyhow, the flavour was good and I added white meat chicken and shrimp which is my favourite way to have Linguine Alfredo, yummy

    1. Milk will always make it thinner. The heavy cream would have thickened it. I would suggest maybe adding a little flour next time and it should thicken it right up.

  9. 5 stars
    This is the most amazing recipe ever. My kids love it! Most of all my mom. When she was going through chemo everything she tried to eat tasted like metal. Except for this! Every time I was there to visit she would ask me to make it for her. Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer last November but at least I was able to give her something that she could enjoy eating!

  10. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe. Hands down the best tasting alfredo my family has ever had. Thank you so much for Shari g this! It literally should be trademarked! Fir anyone who just happens upon this, trust me. It is so easy to make. Just follow the directions. This is definitely one you will make over and over again. You’ll never want a restaurant version again! 5 stars!

  11. 5 stars
    This is the best Alfredo Sauce I’ve ever had! Do make sure you use freshly grated Parmesan. This tastes like it came from the best Italian restaurant you have ever eaten at. Thank you so much Shari for sharing this recipe. It will be a family favorite for a very long time!!!

  12. 5 stars
    Was a great recipe for my chixken alfredo. My son is a panera snob and wont eat jar alfredo and he loved this! Made exactly as written.

  13. 5 stars
    This is the best Alfredo sauce ever! I put mine over bow tie pasta with shrimp and a little bit of broccoli forest and baby carrots. OMG!! I added a bit of extra garlic (because we love garlic) and a pinch of tyme! Thanks for the recipe..it’s the only one I’ll use from now on!!!

  14. 5 stars
    This is by far one of my favorite recipes I’ve found off the internet. Comes out amazing every time. Thank you

  15. Made for supper tonight. I didn’t have shredded parmesan so I use 6 blend Italian shredder cheese and 3/4 cup of grated parmesan and whipping cream.
    I did add extra garlic. I did fresh steam broccoli to add into each bowl and also shrimp and fresh red pepper on the side and artichoke hearts. It was delicious.
    It will be my go to alfredo sauce going forward

  16. **Hugs**

    This recipe is awesome. I haven’t even made my pasta yet & I had to leave this comment. You are saving me hundreds of dollars normally spent on ordering Alfredo from my favorite place. Next time I will have to double it. This is my first time visiting your site, I will definitely be trying more recipes. Good food is so much more than food, and I really needed this right now. Thanks new friend. Best of health.

    Love, Celeste <3

  17. 5 stars
    I really love this sauce! After making it once I can promise we won’t buy jar Alfredo ever again! This is too easy. I always pan sauté chicken, cubes, and steamed broccoli to the finished product. I cooked the chicken first and did the sauce over it, o.m.g. Like I said, I love this Sauce!

  18. 5 stars
    Made for me and my daughter tonight. So good!! I’ve tried other recipes. They are mostly bland and tasteless. This one is awesome. My daughter asked if I could make it every night lol. 5/5

  19. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! I had to improvise with the heavy cream as I only had 1 cup. I didn’t want to use regular milk since I read other reviews that said using milk makes it thin. I always keep a can of evaporated milk in my pantry and used that instead. I also used more garlic and fresh ground pepper. I’ll be using this all the time now!

  20. 5 stars
    This is my go to Alfredo Sauce. Not only do I use it for pasta, but its the “sauce” on my white pizza with artichokes, mushrooms, garlic and ricotta.

  21. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this sauce. I dont buy that nasty Jared stuff anymore. I add chicken,bacon, and broccoli. And i think it freezes well. I thaw it and cook up some penne pasta mix it together put in a casserole pan and top with italian blend cheese and bake it until warmed threw and chesse os bubbly

  22. 5 stars
    Finally!! Someone finally got it right! That cream cheese makes all the difference. I have tried sooo many Alfredo recipes but now I finally have one worth keeping! Thank you!!

  23. 5 stars
    Hands..Down!!! This is the “BEST HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE” you can Make!😋
    I made Fettuccine w/ Chicken,Broccoli & Portabella Mushrooms…for My Sunday Dinner..TODAY😋
    Served with 5 cheese Garlic Toast and Cuke/Roma Tomato Salad😋

  24. This has become my favorite Alfredo sauce
    I do use whipping cream
    I do use a fresh block of Parmesan cheese that I shred myself
    I do use butter
    I add thyme and oregano
    I use 1 Tablespoon of Better than Bullion garlic broth in my sauce
    I do serve separately over each plate as it make so much, I can keep the remainder in the refrigerator and enjoy for lunch over a couple of days.
    This reheat slowly and nicely
    I do stream asparagus or broccoli to add to the linguine
    I also add a couple whole artichokes to my plate
    I’ve use cooked chicken or shrimp on each dish also.
    Just sharing how I love this sauce

  25. I made this sauce, my first time making Alfredo sauce, it was absolutely delicious. I could eat it by the spoonful. Will make again.

  26. Absolutely the best Alfredo sauce ever! I’ve made this multiple times and it always gets compliments and there are never any leftovers!!
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!!

  27. Alyssa- this recipe is AMAZING! I have been using it for years. Tonight I substituted gargonzola instead of Parmesan and I added Franks sauce to taste . I was going for Buffalo Alfredo sauce with sautéed Buffalo shrimp. As usual it was DELICIOUS .

  28. This was sooo good…and quick! I used fresh herbs out of the garden and added steamed broccoli and diced rotisserie chicken. This will be a new staple for dinner.

  29. 5 stars
    This is absolutely rich, decadent and delicious! I always thought Alfredo was hard to make so I never tried it, such an easy recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing this. I am making it for my son’s birthday dinner tonight:)

  30. Made this sauce tonight and it tasted great, but was a bit thin and runny. I used all the ingredients the recipe called for, including heavy cream.

  31. We love love love this Alfredo recipe and I honestly have to double the recipe for us , but my question is when I sometimes have enough sauce for the next day , how can I thin it out some it thickened up overnight…please help 👍 thank you Janice

  32. 5 stars
    I’ve made this about a dozen times, perfect Alfredo sauce. Another recipe by Alyssa is a rolled up chicken/bacon with Lasagna pasta and this Alfredo sauce that is the best tasting chicken recipe we’ve ever had. You go girl!

  33. 5 stars
    Hands down the best Alfredo sauce recipe I have tried so far. Lathered it on loaded french fries Italian style and ran out twice in half an hour.

  34. 5 stars
    I made this for my boyfriend because he loves chicken alfredo. I made chicken thighs in a skillet and then I made this recipe pretty much to the T of the recipe. It turned out great and he loved it so much he said can you put the left overs in a container so I can take it with me to work for lunch this week. So I know it was hit with a request like that. So easy to make too considering I never made alfredo sauce before but it was certainly worth making.

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