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.


  • 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)


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.

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

  • Mama Mia

    Interesting. The OG website gives the recipe itself and it contains egg yolks. I imagine THAT is the secret to OG’s wonderful Alfredo Sauce.

  • Matt Hew VandeGevel

    The Olive Garden has changed their recipe since I worked there. Originally it was equal parts butter, parmesan, and heavy cream, seasoned with a bit of white pepper and granulated garlic powder.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I think they have changed a few of their recipes over the years.

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  • Dsmith1606

    Tried this and im very impressed. Tastes like my Olive Garden leftovers. It may be cheaper to buy the Alfredo from Olive Garden, but in the long run it’s so much more satisfying and cost effective to make a big batch of chicken Alfredo at home rather than buying it.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am very happy that you were impressed. This is the recipe that started it all for me. Making a CopyKat recipe generally makes more sense when you are looking for multiple people.

  • Daniel

    I am currently employed at Olive Garden and I make the soups and sauces every day. No, we do not use eggs, yes we use heavy cream AND milk, salt pepper, butter, and chopped garlic. Melt butter and garlic together, then add remaining ingredients and bring to 185°. The item you do not see here is called Alfredo base. It is a mix of flour and seasoning, not plain flour.

    • Daniel

      Also parmesan! Sorry :)

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for confirming that you do not use eggs. I know the website has a recipe for eggs, and I just didn’t think that sounded correct. I appreciate your comment, and letting me know the recipe was close in ingredients.

  • me

    you forgot the romano!

  • Danila

    I made this with the store bought grated cheese but I sifted the cheese first to get the “plastic” bits out (lol) and I used real garlic… It came out great!

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad you liked it.

  • 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.

    • stephaniemanley

      What is your recipe? I haven’t seen many recipes with egg yolk.

      • Mama Mia

        I would think the egg yolk would make it awesome.

        • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

          One or two eggs yes. I have done an alfredo with them, but six I think it is pushing it. If you read comments on here, no past cooks from the Olive Garden suggests that they ever put the egg yolk in there.

          • Mama Mia

            I did read one post from one employee here who said they dud use eggs. At any rate I have made sauce like yours and it was really good. I have also made sauce with cream chees (prob much more than yours) e and it got too firm while we were eating it and it was embaraasing! I wamt to try it with a yolk or 2. That just sounds awesone!

  • 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.

    • stephaniemanley

      It’s a really good sauce too.

  • 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

      Rich, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the sauce.

  • 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.