Do you love the rich, creamy taste of Alfredo sauce? This creamy alfredo sauce classic Italian dish is perfect for a cozy night in, and it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.
In just a few simple steps, you can create a delicious and decadent Alfredo sauce that will rival any restaurant version. So next time you’re in the mood for something comforting and special, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Alfredo is my favorite pasta sauce because I love cream and I love cheese, which is basically all it is.
There’s no limit to what you can add to pasta with Alfredo sauce. I almost always add chicken and mushrooms, but you can add spinach, onions, peppers, and more. After all, what doesn’t taste good smothered in cheese and cream?
Until just a few years ago, I only ate jarred Alfredo sauce unless I was at a restaurant. Then I started learning how to use a saucepan, so I thought, ‘Hey. Alfredo.’
Every Alfredo recipe I tried was not quite right. There are some with cream cheese, nutmeg, milk, and a whole slew of stuff. So I’d go back to the jar.
I tried every single brand of jarred Alfredo to no avail. Nothing could replicate the perfectly creamy sauce you get at a restaurant. Which is a shame, because who wants to pay $12 for a dish of ingredients that cost a total of $2.50?
And then… the clouds parted. I finally found it. The perfect ratio of butter to cream. Of cream to cheese. Of cheese to noodle. And it’s this.
What to serve with Creamy Alfredo Sauce
A classic creamy alfredo sauce is a delicious addition to any pasta dish, and it can be made with just a few simple ingredients.
While it’s traditional to serve alfredo sauce with fettuccine noodles, it can also be used as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or as a topping for pizza.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try serving creamy alfredo sauce with rotini noodles or asparagus.
No matter how you enjoy it, creamy alfredo sauce is sure to please.
This is the Creamy Alfredo Sauce you always wished you could have at home. It takes just 10 minutes to make. And the best part? It’s only 4 ingredients.
Yeah, you heard me. Check your kitchen right now. Do you have garlic, cream, butter, and parmesan? If you do… Can I come over?
- Garlic is a powerful flavor enhancer that can add depth and complexity to a dish.
- Cream is a rich and creamy addition that can help to thicken a sauce or gravy.
- Butter adds both flavor and texture, while parmesan is a flavorful cheese that can be used to top off a dish.
- Parmesan has a strong, sharp flavor that pairs well with other ingredients.
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- Cook pasta in a 3-quart pot according to package directions, adding ½ tsp salt in a pot when adding noodles, then drain and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk constantly until brought to just a simmer, about 4 minutes. Turn heat down to low and slowly whisk in cheese. Continue to whisk often until cheese is melted and sauce is at desired consistency (for me it’s about 3 minutes). Season to taste.
- Top pasta with sauce, add parsley if desired, and serve immediately!
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 6 oz pasta or gluten free pasta*
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Cook pasta in a 3 quart pot according to package directions, adding ½ tsp salt in pot when adding noodles, then drain and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk constantly until brought to just a simmer, about 4 minutes. Turn heat down to low and slowly whisk in cheese. Continue to whisk often until cheese is melted and sauce is at desired consistency (for me it's about 3 minutes). Season to taste.
- Top pasta with sauce, add parsley if desired, and serve immediately.
*6 oz pasta is a little less than half of a 1 lb box of linguini or fettucini. For penne and rotini, it's about 1½ cups uncooked. Feel free to make less pasta if you're adding extras like chicken and mushrooms, so you don't end up with too much food.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 891Total Fat 71gSaturated Fat 44gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 206mgSodium 420mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 14g
FAQ and Tips
One of the most popular sauces in Italian cuisine is Alfredo sauce. It is a creamy, rich sauce that is traditionally made with Parmesan cheese, butter, and cream. While it is delicious, it can also be very heavy and unhealthy. If you are looking for a lighter Alfredo sauce recipe, here are a few tips to help you make a healthier version at home:
First, swap out the heavy cream for skim milk or low-fat milk. This will help to reduce the calories and fat without sacrificing flavor.
Second, use fresh Parmesan cheese instead of pre-grated cheese. Grating your own cheese will not only taste better, but it will also give you a more intense flavor.
Finally, add some extra veggies to your sauce to bulk it up and add some extra nutrients. Some great options include mushrooms, spinach, or zucchini.
By following these tips, you can enjoy a delicious and healthier Alfredo sauce recipe at home.
What kind of cheese should I use?
Parmesan is traditional, but you can really use any kind of cheese you like. Just make sure it’s a hard cheese that will grate easily.
Can I substitute milk for cream?
Yes, you can – but the sauce won’t be quite as rich and creamy. If you’re watching your fat intake, you may want to go with a low-fat milk or even skim milk. Just keep in mind that the sauce may not thicken as much.
Should I add garlic?
It’s up to you! A lot of people love garlic in their Alfredo sauce, but it’s not strictly necessary. If you do choose to add garlic, just be careful not to burn it. Adding it at the beginning of cooking will give it a more subtle flavor, while adding it at the end will give it
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