Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Alfredo Sauce is a rich, thick, and creamy Italian pasta sauce. It is one of the popular white sauce made with butter, heavy cream, garlic, parmesan cheese, and basic Italian seasonings. The I have shared here shows you how to make the Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce with easy recipe-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe below to make the cooking process clear. This Homemade Alfredo Sauce is one of the best and easy-to-make sauces that pairs perfectly with pasta, roasted and baked vegetables, chicken, shrimpor salmon for lunch and dinner.

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What is Alfredo Sauce?

Alfredo Sauce is a thick, creamy, and super-rich Italian white sauce. it is made with butter, heavy cream, Parmesan Cheese, black pepper, and sometime you might find dried Italian herbs for seasoning. This Alfredo Sauce is one of the easy and best-tasting pasta sauces that taste great over any kind of pasta, roasted veggies, chicken, shrimp, or salmon.

Similar to our Parmesan recipes like Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesanand Garlic Parmesan Wings This silky smooth Alfredo Sauce also delivers a comforting meal. Whether it’s a get-together, family dinner, or to make yourself cozy with a bowl of alfredo pasta on those winter days, this classic sauce never fails to do its job.

It is one of the versatile sauces that goes pretty well on everything. Whether you like it on pasta or to smother it on a chicken, salmon, shrimp, or even as a dipping sauce for your starters. No wonder why it is called one of the best sauces in Italian cuisine! So without further delay let’s check out how to make this wonderful sauce.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Alfredo Sauce are basic Italian pantry elements and you could easily find them in supermarkets around. So let’s see what they are below.

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients placed on a gray table.
  • Butter – unsalted butter that delivers the rich and buttery taste to your sauce
  • Heavy Cream – To achieve a thick and smooth sauce. I have added some alternatives in the substitution section if heavy cream is not handy to you
  • Garlic – Infusing garlic in butter delivers the garlicky taste and flavor to your sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese – To achieve the authentic Italian Alfredo sauce flavor
  • Seasoning – I have used dried Italian herbs and black pepper powder here, but we feel free to customize the seasoning that you love

For a detailed ingredients list, Please check out the recipe card below.

How to make Alfredo Sauce?

The recipe I have shared here is a Homemade Alfredo Sauce, a popular Italian Pasta Sauce. This recipe yields 2 cups of sauce that is perfect to toss in 16 oz of Fettuccine Pasta. You can also serve up to 4 servings of roasted veggies with this sauce. However, you can always feel free to customize the ingredients according to your family’s needs.

Alfredo Sauce in a black bowl with few ingredients around.

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Saute – In a pan with medium heat, add the butter and allow it to melt. Once it is softened saute the garlic until it turns aromatic
  • Cook – Pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and mix it well. Simmer the heat and allow it to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure to stir the cream frequently to avoid burning at the bottom
  • Season – Now season the cream with salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper powder. Give it a good mix
  • Melt – Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until it melts
  • Remove – Stir and cook until the sauce turns thick and smooth. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley leaves
  • Serve – Serve this Homemade Alfredo Sauce over pasta, baked chicken, roasted asparagus, or as a pizza topping in pizza pinwheels

Substitutions

  • Dairy – Even though heavy cream is used for making this Alfredo sauce, you can also replace it with half and half, whole milk, or non-fat milk. But these alternatives do not deliver the same thickness and smooth texture to your sauce as heavy cream does. So I would recommend adding a tbsp of cream cheese, or cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce
  • Italian Seasoning – If you don’t have dried Italian seasoning handy, feel free to add some fresh basil, parsley, or coriander leaves if that’s handy to you
  • Butter – Butter delivers the fresh and buttery richness to your sauce, but you can also substitute it with olive oil

Tips

  • Heavy Whipping cream – Adding whipping cream gives you the best flavor, taste, thickness, and rich smooth texture to your sauce. However, you can also substitute it with half and half milk if whipping cream is not handy for you
  • Parmesan Cheese – Even though using fresh Parmesan cheese adds so much more flavor than aged cheese, feel free to use packaged Parmesan if that’s handy for you
  • Seasonings – Seasoning the sauce with garlic, Italian herbs, and black pepper gives the perfect Italian flavors to your sauce
  • Temperature – Always make sure to prepare the sauce in medium heat to avoid burning the cream and cheese at the bottom of the pan

Storage Suggestions

Even though this Alfredo Sauce stays good in the refrigerator for up to a day, reheating it at a high temperature makes the cheese separate. So I recommend reheating them on a stovetop with low medium heat or in a microwave at the lowest power setting until it warms up. But make sure to stir the sauce in between to avoid cheese separating.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Homemade Alfredo Sauce over your favorite pastabut typically served over Fettucine Pasta. You can also enjoy it with chicken, shrimp, salmonand roasted vegetables like roasted asparagus, roasted green beans, or roasted broccoli. If you are a pizza lover, then feel free to top your pizza or pizza pinwheels with Alfredo Sauce instead of classic pizza sauce.

You could also find similar sauce recipes below and more at Italian recipes.

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Alfredo Sauce Recipe Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Alfredo Sauce Recipe below that I hope will help you make a delicious pasta sauce at home. You could also find this recipe in a story format.

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Alfredo Sauce in a black bowl with few ingredients around.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo Sauce is a rich, thick, and creamy Italian pasta sauce. It is one of the popular white sauces made with butter, heavy cream, garlic, parmesan cheese, and basic Italian seasonings. This Homemade Alfredo Sauce is one of the best and easy-to-make sauces that pairs perfectly with pasta, roasted lunch and baked vegetables, chicken, shrimp, or salmon for dinner and dinner.

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Course: Dips & Condiments

Cuisine: Italian, American

Diet: Vegetarian

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 15th mins

Adjust 4 servings

Ingredients

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Notes

  • Heavy Whipping cream – Adding whipping cream gives you the best flavor, taste, thickness, and rich smooth texture to your sauce. However, you can also substitute it with half and half milk if whipping cream is not handy for you
  • Parmesan Cheese – Even though using fresh Parmesan cheese adds so much more flavor than aged cheese, feel free to use packaged Parmesan if that’s handy for you
  • Seasonings – Seasoning the sauce with garlic, Italian herbs, and black pepper gives the perfect Italian flavors to your sauce
  • Temperature – Always make sure to prepare the sauce in medium heat to avoid burning the cream and cheese at the bottom of the pan

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 1215mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2603IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 681mg | Iron: 1mg

FAQ

What is Alfredo Sauce?

Alfredo Sauce is a thick, creamy, and super-rich Italian white sauce. it is made with butter, heavy cream, Parmesan Cheese, black pepper, and sometime you might find dried Italian herbs for seasoning. This Alfredo Sauce is one of the easy and best-tasting pasta sauces that taste great over any kind of pasta, roasted veggies, chicken, shrimp, or salmon.

What is the best substitute for heavy cream in this recipe?

Even though heavy cream is used for making this Alfredo sauce, you can also replace it with half and half, whole milk, or non-fat milk. But these alternatives do not deliver the same thickness and smooth texture to your sauce as heavy cream does. So I would recommend adding a tbsp of cream cheese, or cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce

How to reheat the Alfredo Sauce?

Reheating it at a high temperature makes the cheese separate. So I recommend reheating them on a stovetop with low medium heat or in a microwave at the lowest power setting until it warms up. But make sure to stir the sauce in between to avoid cheese separating.

Can I thin out the Alfredo Sauce if it turns too thick?

Yes, you can thin out the sauce with a few tbsp of pasta-cooked water.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe I shared here and I would love to hear from you about how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Cooking!

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