Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

This Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe is just a few basic ingredients but makes the most silky smooth and delicious pasta topping!

Pot filled with alfredo sauce and spoon dipped inpinterestIf there is ONE thing every new and aspiring cook should know, it’s how to make a really good pasta sauce.

I’ve taught a few cooking classes to youth on how to make a Quick Italian Meat Sauce as well as this Classic Alfredo Sauce, and each time their minds are blown with how easy it is to actually make something so delicious and restaurant quality.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Butter – use a good quality, salted butter. NO MARGARINE please.
  • Garlic – fresh garlic is best, but feel free to substitute with garlic powder if desired.
  • Cream Cheese – again, use a good quality brand. This will ensure a smooth sauce.
  • Heavy Cream – you’ll want to use at least a 33% fat content for a silky texture.
  • Parmesan Cheese – you’ll get the BEST results by using freshly shredded parmesan rather than store bought shredded.
  • Salt and Pepper – season to taste.

How To Make:

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted add in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add in the cream cheese and whisk gently until cream cheese is mostly melted into butter. The mixture will look a little clumpy, like cottage cheese, this is normal!
  • Gradually pour in the heavy cream, while whisking, until mixture becomes smooth. Add in the shredded parmesan cheese and stir until melted through. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

thick and creamy sauce in saucepan

Can You Make Without Cream?

The short answer is YES.  — But it’s not recommended.

One of the key components to making a thick and creamy Alfredo sauce is the cream. That being said, I think you could get away with using half and half or if in a real pinch, whole milk. Keep in mind that the less fat content in the dairy the thinner and less appealing the Alfredo Sauce will be.

How To Easily Reheat:

Once your sauce has been made you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat it,  you’ll want to scoop the sauce (which will be really thick at this point) into a saucepan over medium-low heat. The butter will melt quicker than the cream and cheese, so make sure you occasionally whisk the sauce until it comes together again.

Sometimes if I want to stretch the sauce a little more I’ll add a little bit of milk when reheating to help thin it out just a bit.

homemade Alfredo Sauce over a bowl of fresh fettuccini noodles

Easy Tips and FAQ:

  • What do I serve Alfredo Sauce with? This thick and creamy sauce is perfect over a wider pasta noodle like fettuccini or linguine.
  • Why is my Alfredo Sauce clumpy/gritty? If your sauce is not silky smooth it could be because your ingredients don’t have as high of fat content to them. Make sure you’re using quality ingredients and whisking until smooth.
  • Can I make Alfredo Sauce in advance? Yes, you definitely can make this sauce in advance and just reheat on the stove top when ready to serve.
  • How can I serve this Alfredo Sauce to a crowd? When I serve this sauce to a crowd I’ll make a triple batch (use the 3x button in the recipe card) and pour the sauce into a crockpot. Keep the sauce on low heat while serving and stir occasionally so it doesn’t seize up on you.

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Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

This Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe is super quick and easy, perfect for topping fresh pasta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 477 kcal
Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz. shredded parmesan
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted add in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add in the cream cheese and whisk gently until cream cheese is mostly melted into butter. The mixture will look a little clumpy, like cottage cheese, this is normal!
  • Gradually pour in the heavy cream, while whisking, until mixture becomes smooth. Add in the shredded parmesan cheese and stir until melted through. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Notes
Alfredo sauce can be made ahead of time, but will require heating up on the stove top over medium-low heat. Stir until heated through and smooth again. Add milk to thin out sauce if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1636IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Alfredo Sauce, Cream Cheese, Creamy, Homemade, Pasta Sauce
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This Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe is just a few basic ingredients but makes the most silky smooth and delicious pasta topping!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
12 Responses
  1. Tammy

    Love this recipe! Thank you . I did double it and instead of two blocks of cream cheese I added one block then 8 oz gruyere cheese I shredded. Very creamy and my long search for our family’s favorite alfredo sauce has ended!

  2. karen sheddan

    I made this sauce tonight and it was good. the sauce was ready before the chicken and pasta so i let it stay on the stove on low. at first it was nice and creamy like your picture but then it became more clumpy and the butter was separating from the rest of the sauce. How do i keep it nice and creamy?

  3. Tiffany

    5 stars
    I made this last night for the first time. Other recipes I have tried just weren’t working out to make what I was looking for. This one however was extremely creamy and delicious! It was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for posting this.

  4. C TY

    Perfect! And an extra thank you for the Serving a crowd tips–whenever I make Alfredo people seem to come out of the wood work–now I’ll have plenty.

    1. Hey Angela, I’m thinking the only way to reduce the butter is to maybe half the whole recipe? It’s definitely an indulgent recipe, but SO WORTH IT! 😉

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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