Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe, an easy alfredo sauce with garlic, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Learn how to make alfredo sauce from scratch like the one from Olive Garden. The best sauce for pasta, shrimp, pizza, chicken, and other dishes.
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If you like going to Olive Garden and getting their fettuccini alfredo, you’re going to love this Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe! It’s so easy to make at home, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t make it sooner. Definitely not for the faint of heart though. It’s full of cream, butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese.
Growing up, I loved going to Olive Garden and getting their fettuccine alfredo. Actually, I’d get anything with alfredo sauce! So good! Unfortunately (and fortunately I guess…), many restaurants load up the alfredo sauce on their dishes. This alfredo sauce is from scratch but if you’re looking for something a little quicker and easier you may enjoy my alfredo sauce with cream cheese.
When you make alfredo sauce at home, it’s great being able to control how much you put on your food. A little goes a long way. It’s also great to use on a wide variety of dishes and not just pasta.
So now my kids and I make homemade alfredo sauce every now and then for a special treat. It’s the best on not only fettuccine, but other pasta, chicken, shrimp, pizza, casseroles, and all sorts of other dishes.
Full of cheese, cream, and garlic, alfredo sauce is actually quite simple to make.
How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce:
This easy alfredo sauce only has 6 ingredients. Can’t beat that, right? Well I guess you can buy it premade, but trust me, homemade is so much better and no preservatives or additives.
Start with a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter in the pan, then add the minced garlic cloves. Cook the garlic and butter for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Stir constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn or brown too much.
Slowly add the heavy cream to the saucepan and whisk until the cream comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce about 3-5 minutes or until it’s slightly thickened.
Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until the sauce is smooth and thick.
Toss the homemade alfredo sauce with your favorite pasta or use it in your favorite recipes. Some recipe ideas below!
Ways to use Homemade Alfredo Sauce:
Like I mentioned this aflfredo sauce is great in a wide range of dishes. Here are some quick recipe ideas…
- Over pasta
- Over grilled chicken, or even a little over steak
- As a pizza sauce instead of tomato
- Mixed with shrimp and over pasta, rice, or cauliflower rice
- In casseroles
- In sandwiches, paninis, and subs
- Over vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini
- Mixed with chicken meatballs
Have other ideas? Would love to hear in the comments below!
You can change up this homemade alfredo sauce by adding some of your favorite herbs and spices. Basil, Italian parsley, rosemary, and/or oregano would be great additions. A little fresh lemon zest would also be a nice touch.
If you like a lot of garlic in your dishes, you can add a few more minced garlic cloves.
I strongly recommend using heavy cream for best results. For a light version, you can try using whole milk or half-and-half, but know that the sauce may not turn out as thick and you may be disappointed in the taste. You can also try adding some type of thickener if you want the sauce thicker with lighter ingredients.
Also, for best results, use a good quality freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I suggest buying a big chunk (we get ours from Costco…) and grate it yourself. Makes a huge difference!
Check out this quick video to see how to put this sauce together…
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter, then stir in minced garlic cloves. Cook about 1 minute or until garlic is soft and fragrant, stirring constantly.
- Slowly add the heavy cream to the saucepan, whisk until cream comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
- Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth and thick.