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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is a rich, creamy sauce that you can make at home. This recipe is one of the first ones we attempted to recreate, it’s one of my favorite recipes of all time. This recipe is simple: butter, cream, cheese, and a little bit of patience—and everyone will think you are a five-star chef.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Dips/Sauces, Pasta Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Make Alfredo sauce just like the Olive Garden. One try with this dish and you will never buy bottled Alfredo sauce again.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions

In a saucepan, combine the butter and heavy cream. Simmer until all is melted and mixed well. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes on low. You may wish to add a little salt and pepper.

Additional Notes

I have made this with half-and-half, but we prefer the heavy cream. I wouldn’t recommend trying it with plain milk.

Important: DO NOT use store-bought shredded or grated cheese. Preshredded and pregrated cheeses have an anticaking agent in them that can prevent the sauce from setting up.

Optional Cream Cheese Method

Use this if the sauce is a little thin. The sauce can be thin for a variety of reasons: not using heavy cream, not cooking at a high enough temperature, and using preshredded or pregrated cheese. If the finished sauce is still a little thin whisk in 2 tablespoons cream cheese until the sauce thickens.

Print Recipe

You can find more Olive Garden Recipes at Copykat.com.

  • Sayden

    You are missing Egg Yolk. That is the secret ingredient that we use in our Alfredo sauce. Also, we do not use Parmesan cheese on anything, even in the cheese graters. We use pecorino romano, its made from sheeps milk.

  • Edie

    I’ve worked for two mom & pop Italian restaurants where the owners emigrated from Italy and both of them made their Alfredo sauce with just a bit of butter, heavy cream and parmesan cheese.

  • Rich

    I tried this recipe for the first time tonight, and my family all decided we will never buy the alfredo sauce in a jar again. I followed the instructions exactly, using parmesan cheese without the additives, and didn’t need cream cheese at all. We honestly think it tastes better than Olive Garden and it was so easy and inexpensive to have restaurant quality food at home!

  • stephaniemanley

    It’s a good thing I am not a 5 star chef. I am a home cook ;) so I guess I can make that pairing.

  • msaltmyer

    I’m a newbie in cooking, but I tried the recipe on the video several times already. It is really close to Olive Garden’s Alfredo sauce. Never had problems with store bought grated parmesan, I just add cream cheese and it’s perfect enough for me. My question is, what is it that Olive Garden sprinkle on top of the pasta? Is it parsley? Thank you for sharing this recipe. I bought the kindle versions your 2 copycat books and will try your other recipes!

    • stephaniemanley

      It is great when you try out a recipe and it works well. I am happy this worked for you. Olive Garden often sprinkles a little parsley on top for decoration. I don’t think it matters a great deal for taste.

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  • Shawna and megan

    it was super easy to make and just as tasty as olive gardens! thanks for the recipe!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you enjoyed the recipe! Please let me know what else you would like to see.