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.

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The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Ever!

4.9 from 415 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. 5 stars
    The best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever tried! Better then at any restaurant I’ve tried too!! I’m never going back to store bought. It’s so easy to make. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this sauce! I use about 4x the amount of fresh, minced garlic. Also, be sure to sautee the garlic in the butter for a couple minutes before adding the heavy cream and cream cheese. It gives it a slightly more nutty flavor and smoothes out the sharpness of fresh garlic.

  3. 5 stars
    Yes! This was the best. So so good. My husband made a comment about it as well. It was a hit. I did do a few things different – I didn’t notice the chopped garlic in the ingredients so that was not added this time (powder was though). I also did not add any salt as the Parmesan cheese made it salty enough. I also threw in an additional 1/2 – 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. I didn’t measure the pepper either and just did a hefty dose of fresh ground black pepper.

    I even used Commercially pre-grated Parmesan Cheese (yes, the Kraft stuff) instead of doing the fresh grate from a block of cheese thing. It was all I had so I just went with it.

    I melted the butter with a splash of the cream and seasonings added, then poured in small batches of the Parm’ and cream blending with an immersion blender each time until completely smooth. Once all the cream and Parm were added I threw in the Cream Cheese and blended again. It simmered a little more until thickened and… yum!

    This sauce was incredible! Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Can this sauce be canned and if yes, for how long. I like to make things ahead, am a busy workerbee and grandmom. Hoping for a yes.

      1. 5 stars
        I make a version similar of yours. When I need to stretch it out I’ll add a jar of my favorite tomato basil pasta sauce. It’s always a hit!

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve noticed that if you over heat it, it will separate upon initial making. I’m having trouble with it separating when I reheat it later, though. I’ve tried different methods – stovetop slow heat up to microwave. It is amazing sauce, so any thoughts on reheating or the separating would be greatly appreciated! My son loves this!

    2. If at any point during the cooking process of candies such as caramel if you drastically change the temperature, the butter and other fats will cause the candy to separate. Maybe it’s the same concept as Alfredo sauce? Also, I have read that adding 2 tablespoons of flour to your Alfredo can reduce separation as well! It acts as a binding agent!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my family and friends favorite alfredo sauce. I have people beg me for the recipe. I use it for my Chicken Alfredo. I do saute my chicken, and garlic with a dry white wine, It adds so much flavor to the chicken. I also use fresh herbs. Hands down best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever had and that includes authentic Italian restaurants.

    1. Used this recipe with a few tweaks, but it was amazing. Chopped fresh garlic, melted butter added fresh garlic for a few minutes. I also added fresh granulated parmesan cheese. Made for my Chicken Alfredo stuffed shells and let me just say everyone went back for thirds. 😋

  6. This sauce is amazing! Thank you for the recipe. I have made it several times now and will never use jar sauce again.

  7. 5 stars
    Amazingly good! Added a full chopped up rotisserie chicken and served over fettuccine noodles. I’ve never made an Alfredo sauce from scratch and I never need another recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    I found a similar recipe years ago, and lost it. When I came across this one my heart jumped! Tried it the same night and just as I suspected, it was a WINNER. No leftovers. I even started an office debate when I mentioned using cream cheese in alfredo sauce. I left one poor guy fuming when I said, “Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it” and walked away smiling. : ) Thanks!

  9. 5 stars
    The best Alfredo sauce! It’s super easy to make and I use this recipe every time. I cut up chicken thighs and marinate in Italian dressing and cook until crispy, cook the noodles and Walla! Pair with salad and you have yourself better than restaurant fettuccine chicken Alfredo!

  10. 5 stars
    Ooooh so good. I’ve made it several times. Suggest taking it slow to avoid separation. Gotta be high on the cholesterol scale, I mean whipping cream, butter and cream cheese! But worth it, good stuff.

  11. 5 stars
    My hubby said “Babe make sure you keep this recipe!” Definitely a hit in our home. Quick and easy. I made it exact to the recipe. I will definitely make it again.

  12. 5 stars
    Holy smokes!!! This recipe is a 10/5 star! Chicken alfredo is my favorite dish to order when I go out for Italian food, and I get very distraught by the overall creaminess/taste of most canned alfredo sauces. This recipe was AMAZING and the ingredients cost less than a can of the store bought sauce! I topped it with grilled chicken (that had been marinated with balsamic, olive oil and lemon juice) and it was a great compliment to this dish. Will definitely be making this from now on!

  13. I like to make my own “frozen do-ahead” dinners. If I mix the sauce into noodles can I freeze each serving? Or will the sauce separate?

  14. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe, simple and amazing flavor. I always cook this on a low to medium-low heat to avoid separation, also used a little extra fresh garlic (3 cloves) and a splash of whole milk. However if u follow the instructions word for word it will still be great. I’ve topped with sauteed shrimp and pan fried chicken breast (separately) and served over fettuccine, both were awesome! If u want an easy recipe to impress someone, this is it.

  15. This is my favorite alfredo sauce recipe. I usually have leftovers and the sauce ends up separating so I just cut the butter in half if I plan to have leftovers. I just used this recipe as a base for sun dried tomato alfredo sauce and it turned out AMAZING!!! I did everything the same, but I added 1-2 table spoons of tomato paste in step one, then before I added the cheese, I mixed in about about a cup of smoked sundried tomatoes and let it cook until they dehydrated and got really fragrant, then I just finished it up. Sooooooo good ❤❤

  16. 5 stars
    Made this once before and it was great! If I make it for a party, can I cook it as instructed then transfer to a crockpot to keep warm, without it separating? Thanks!

    1. I just made this sauce for the first time tonight, and used half and half instead of whipping cream I followed the recipe as written otherwise and it was delicious!! Will definitely make it again!!

  17. Made it the first time per recipe. Family and sister loved it. Made double batch the second time adding more garlic, cause if your friends don’t like garlic, get new friends. Sister took leftovers home.Everyone loved it. Made it the third time for family adding a few shots of liquid smoke. Great tasing. Sent sister home with recipe!

  18. I’m guessing it’s a given that the butter and cheeses should be at room temp before beginning the process…? That would have made it easier had I known, but using the whisk & not turning up the heat saved me, I think. I’m starting to enjoy cooking now that this came out so well! Cheers!!!

  19. This recipe is absolutely to die for! I do also make an alfredo lasagna. Could I use this recipe for a lasagna or will it split from being refrigerated and recooked?

  20. 5 stars
    Hi Alyssa,

    Lovely recipe by the way, can’t wait to try it. I was wondering if it’s possible to substitute the heavy whipping cream for cooking cream? Would the measurement still be the same? Thank you.

  21. Hi Alyssa, thank you so much for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe. I make it a lot, but I just pour a couple of spoonfuls of alfredo over the fettuccine on the individual plates for the kids. I was wondering if this amount is enough for 1 pound of Fettuccine pasta? And if so do you think this 1 pound will feed 6 high school girls. I’m serving it with a salad and garlic bread.

  22. I learned from our chef in the family to add 1/4 cup of white wine to this alfedo sauce. It really takes it up another notch w/o tasting like alcohol. Give it a try.

  23. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple times now and it always turns out so runny 😭 The flavor is amazing though! What am I doing wrong?!

  24. 5 stars
    Made this because I couldn’t find it on Woolies shelf. Glad I couldn’t as I know what has gone into it.I used ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese. Used in a cauliflower and Tortelinni dish. Great. Thanks a lot.

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