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Alfredo Sauce – How to Make from Scratch

Have you ever wondered How to make Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo sauce is one of the most popular Italian sauces.
how to make alfredo sauce

Many people rate Italian restaurants by their Alfredo sauce. Now you should know that Alfredo sauce isn’t hard to make. You really don’t need to buy a jar or a package of “Alfredo Sauce”. You can learn how to make Alfredo sauce for a very tasty plate of pasta at home. The key is good-quality ingredients. You really only need three ingredients to make Alfredo Sauce, you need heavy cream also known as whipping cream, butter (don’t use anything but butter), and Parmesan cheese. With the Parmesan cheese a block that you grate is better than anything that comes pre-shredded. When you buy cheese that is already shredded it comes with some anti caking agents on it so it all won’t meld together in one hunk of cheese.

Alfredo Sauce is Easy to Make

I often get asked about how to make certain types of food, or what recipes are really easy. Here is one that I always pass out to people. It is simple to make Alfredo Sauce, and it turns out very well no matter if you are a highly experienced cook or if you are just a beginner. If you are in a jam in and need dinner in a hurry you can make this sauce more quickly than you can cook the pasta. Alfredo sauce is a great way to use left overs. If you have some cooked chicken you could add it to this recipe.

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

Do use good-quality butter and cream. I have found that buying them relatively close to when you make the dish is a good idea. Sometimes butter and cream can pick up flavors from your fridge. When it comes to the Parmesan cheese, be sure to use a good-quality brand. Do not use the type of cheese that comes in a can. Please, use some fresh Parmesan cheese. You will be rewarded with a flavorful sauce if you do.

Do you like the Alfredo Sauce form the Olive Garden?  You are in luck, many recipes taste just like the Olive Garden.

Alfredo Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: Dips/Sauces, Pasta Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Alfredo Sauce

You can learn how to make Alfredo sauce, it is easy to do with this recipe.


  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and white pepper (optional)


Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter into the heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Stir in 1 cup of the Parmesan and cook over low to medium heat until the cheese melts. When the pasta is done, drain it and pour into a bowl. Add the cheese sauce. Combine the sauce and pasta. If you like, you can season it with some salt and white pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese when serving.

Mixing the sauce with the pasta is an Italian way to serve up this particular dish. It coats the pasta well, and gives you a delicious bit of sauce in every bite. You do not need to rinse your pasta. Following these directions you can make delicious Alfredo sauce at home.

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  • perryconnie

    I am looking for a copycat recipe for alfredo sauce from cici’s pizza and I can’t find it anywhere, does anyone else know?

  • Leigh

    I was taught to use cream cheese… I love this recipe. Thank you

    • stephaniemanley

      It is ok to use Alfredo sauce, but you don’t need the cream cheese.

  • renee

    good to make for casseroles to take to a pot luck

    • stephaniemanley

      Great idea. I never thought about taking Alfredo Sauce to a pot luck!

  • Austerity Sucks

    3 sticks of butter seems excessive no ???

    • stephaniemanley

      This makes a lot of sauce.

  • Gina Cesaro-Riso

    Make that unsalted butter since the Parmesan tends to be very salty. Then you can adjust the salt as needed.

    • stephaniemanley

      Great tip. I appreciate you dropping by!

  • Tina

    This turned out really good, it seemed a little thin when it was first finished, but once I added it to my pasta it was fine. Only thing different that I did was add a little bit of garlic. Thanks for the recipe!

    • stephaniemanley

      Garlic tastes really good in the Alfredo sauce.

  • Jeff

    Thanks. My daughter became an alfredo sauce fan after eating at a hotel cafeteria in Disney a few months ago (I know. . . I assumed a cafeteria would cook from a can). We picked up a couple different jars of sauce at the store and both were expectantly bland and thin. She was able to do this recipe (8 year old) with some help here and there. Ours had a great flavor and coated the pasta well. I think the “real” cheese was the reason for past failures. We’d buy the standard 2 cup Kraft bagged cheese and it never worked for reasons you point out. I’m a garlic fan so it was added. We ended up using a little cream cheese to thicken it as I think we added too much heavy cream.

    • stephaniemanley

      If your sauce isn’t thickening as you would like it, I find if you turn up the heat just a bit more it will help it a great deal.

  • Bonnie

    Offering your video along with the recipe is such an added plus! :)

  • Bonnie

    Offering your video along with the recipe is such an added plus! :)

  • matahati10

    Thank you for the easy Alfredo Sauce recipe…

    • Stephanie

      You are welcome. I hope you enjoy more recipes.

  • Rhonda

    well done Stephanie…I know my family is going to love this when they get home. I just hope it keeps well in a casserole dish until then

  • Ashlea

    amazing, family said it tasted just like restaurant…if not better….easy too. I spray pam to keep noodles from sticking (a drop of veg oil works too) and add a little salt to flavor noodles while cooking

  • msantaigo24

    Thanks got home and needed something quick
    For dinner and this recepi hits the spot added a little twist of
    My owen other than that yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Teresa

    Can you freeze left over sauce?

    • stephaniemanley

      I wouldn’t, but you can make smaller batches of the sauce.

  • psykpyrate

    the music is freaking irritating. TURN IT OFF.

  • terri

    what size pan do I need for the alfredo sauce?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I would use a medium sized pan.

  • Luckyfishies

    Just so you know olive garden uses a white powder and water to make their Alfredo sauce Oo

    • ametarasu

      I work at Olive garden and that’s not true. This is almost exactly how they make it only real garlic and other spices

  • Harleyguy1973

    I add garlic and a dash of nutmeg but please folks follow stephs recipe !!!

    • stephaniemanley

      I like garlic in most everything!

  • Rolyon85

    This is like eating poop

  • Poopybutt

    You only have ten fingers, Stephanie.

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  • Rachel

    can we had olive spread instead of butter?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I would not try it,

    • thegrrrr8est

      I’ve used coconut oil — tasted great, way better for you.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I wouldn’t use it, your sauce won’t thicken well. Using a spread will mean if you want thick sauce you need to compensate for that in another way. I would suggest if you do that you need to add a little cream cheese to the recipe to get it to thicken.

  • Amynjesse

    this is my first time making alfredo sauce, im hoping it will turn out good i added cream cheese to this reciepe.. idont know i figured it would taste good!!!

    • Anonymous

      It will help make it creamy.

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  • Mary

    I cheat with this recipe. I use light sour cream instead of tje heavy cream.. So much lighter & taste great.

    • stephaniemanley

      Good to know. Thanks!

  • Sue Coleman

    Thank you Stephanie! I’ll give this a try and hope. Your the best!

  • Christina Laiche

    This has been my favorite recipe for decades, thanks STEPH! I have learned to cook this fast lol because it is a big demand of family and friends. I use this sauce on alot of meals….The best results come from cooking it in a crock pot! Melt Butter first, then pour in Heavy Whipping Cream and Cream Cheese and Parmesan Cheese…whip this as you would in making, whipping cream and sugar fluff lol. Remember this will thickin fast the longer you whip! Add garlic powder at the end 😉 Also I add Chopped Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Onions in this recipe on occasions especially when cooking fish, this is amazing tasting and a favorite at the Laiche Home!

    • stephaniemanley

      I think you have an amazing suggestion, I want to give this one a try soon. I think I should try it for a big pasta night!

  • renee white

    i like to add a little nutmeg and a few dashes of hot sauce to my alfredo it gives it a little kick

    • Stephanie

      I love a little freshly grated nutmeg in my Alfredo sauce too!

  • http://Website(optional) Danielle

    what makes alfredo sauce really good is using cream cheese instead of the heavy cream and then adding some milk to thin it out a little

    • Cindy

      The only problem with using the cream cheese is that it doesn’t work well for leftovers. Tastes wonderful the night of, though!

      • Stephanie

        This is one dish, that I never try to have left overs for. It is never as good the second day.

        • Blaine Isaacs

          steph i dig the song in the background… what song is that?

  • Wes

    Try substituting the fresh grated Parmesan cheese with a 5 or 6 cheese Italian blend (Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano and Fontina). This really enhances the flavor even more.

    • stephaniemanley

      That is a great way to make the sauce too. It can add a lot more depth to the flavor.

  • PohTayToez

    Alfredo sauce is delicious and easy to make. I like to add pesto to mine, with a bit of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of Tabasco.