Perfect Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo Sauce is my absolute favorite way to top my pasta. Creamy, rich and flavorful- we are talking some serious perfection.

I realized I have never shared my go-to recipe for Alfredo Sauce and couldn’t believe what an oversight that was! How could you be missing out on my version of this goodness?!?!

This sauce is perfect each and every time. I hate when you order Alfredo sauce at a restaurant and it is bland and boring. This one is bold in flavor and will kick your next meal up a notch!

Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed! And did I mention how EASY it is?! Seriously, you are 6 simple ingredients away from the PERFECT Alfredo Sauce :)

Homemade Alfredo Sauce... this recipe is perfect each and every time! The flavor is unbelievably delicious!

4.9 from 58 reviews
Perfect Homemade Alfredo Sauce
 
This recipe is perfect each and every time! The flavor is unbelievably delicious!
Author:
Recipe type: Sauce
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt butter. Add garlic, cream, pepper, and salt.
  2. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and slowly add cheese.
  4. Return to stove on low and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

Filed under: dinner, sauce

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe

Comments

  1. abbe

    Is that 1-1/2 CUPS parmesan?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

    2. Chef Christina

      Add a few pinches of nutmeg..OMG..Now it's award winning!

    3. Anna

      5

      Hey, Nikki! Thank you for the great recipe. I made it last night and my family and I thought it was just sumptuous!

      You could add that this is plenty of sauce for one pound of fettucini noodles.

      You might want to correct the spellings for "simmer" and "stirring". It's hard to proof your own writing, and I thought you'd want to know. No big deal, though.

  2. abbe

    P.S. Sounds DELISH! :)

  3. karen gardner

    How much cheese/ you only say1 1/2

    1. Chef in Training

      cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

  4. Cathy

    Is that 1 1/2 cups of cheese,it doesn't say

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

  5. Sandra

    I am a novice alfredo sauce maker but really want to try this. How much pasta for this amount of sauce?

    1. Don

      5

      One pound of pasta.

  6. Mable Stuart

    Is that 1 1/2 cups cheese?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

  7. Raby

    Sorry, how much Parmesan Cheese?

    1. Chef in Training

      cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

  8. Vicky

    1 1/2 What? of grated Parmesan cheese? cups? pounds? Tablespoons?

    1. Chef in Training

      cups. So sorry about the typo, all fixed now :)

  9. Rick

    I'm guessing it's 1 1/2 CUPS of cheese …

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, cups. So sorry about that! It is updated with the correct measurement now :)

  10. Chels R.

    Alfredo sauce is one of my favorites! This looks creamy and dreamy.

  11. Ali

    4

    This is almost identical to the sauce I make weekly, only I use garlic powder in place of your salt and pepper. It's the most flavorful and creamy sauce I've ever had!

  12. Kay

    What's heavy cream?

    1. Danielle

      It's whipping cream (or 35%).

  13. Melissa

    Yeah. This stuff is the bomb. Don't even get me started about those nasty jars of Alfredo sauce they sell at the store. There is nothing like the real thing!

    1. Flamingo

      I agree. Those jars taste like some type of chemical neurotoxin.

  14. Joyce

    5

    I like to add fresh mushrooms to my Alfredo sauce.

  15. Chris Wilson

    4

    I look forward to trying your Alfredo sauce recipe !

  16. AnnMarie

    Thank you for making this blog post quick and simple to read and find the recipe! I get so frustrated when I have to scroll through an entire photo album of photos and tedious amounts of verbage to finally find the recipe. Looking forward to trying this Alfredo Sauce tonight!

  17. Becky

    how many servings is this recipe?

  18. Marhya

    5

    I have tried this sauce and it is fantastic! I am so glad to have finally found one that is so close to Olive Garden's sauce which I love. One question I do have though is if it is ok to freeze the leftover sauce? I have extra so I was curious or wondering how long it would last in the refrigerator...thanks so much for the recipe and any feedback!! :)

  19. Jodi

    This is ***** star sooo good & easy it's a keeper & gluten free yeah.

  20. Katie

    5

    Just wanted to say how much my family and I love this Alfredo recipe

  21. Erica

    My family loves Alfredo and I have made it many ways but this is the BEST recipe. This is the only way I make it now. Thanks you for sharing this!! My whole family thanks you.

  22. Jerriann

    5

    We just made this and it is AMAZING!!! It is better than ANYTHING you can get in a jar and so simple to make.

  23. Laura

    Hi. Sounds really good. How much does it turn out?
    Thanks! :)

  24. Shelley

    This looks fabulous! Do you use freshly grated Parmesan or the powdered variety?

    1. Don

      5

      Don't use the stuff from a can. It's got other ingredients that prevent it from melting. Fresh will make the best sauce.

    2. Barbara

      Is the grate for the parmesan fine or shredded?

  25. Nichole

    Can I substitute half and half instead of heavy cream? I don't really want to run to the store. I'd imagine it just wouldn't be as creamy.

    1. John

      5

      I substituted half 2% and half Soy Milk then added a small amount of flour just to thicken it a bit. Worked fine and plenty of requests for a repeat from family and friends.

  26. Auden

    5

    This sauce is delish! I put it on rice pasta. Best GF alfredo sauce I've had in a long time!

  27. Vinor

    5

    Very good.

  28. Jen

    Sounds yummy!
    This is similar to my recipe, but I add capers and a pinch of nutmeg.

  29. Lisa

    5

    I did not change anything, it turned out better than I expected. I will be making it again.

  30. Angelina

    Super Yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  31. Joyce

    This is the same recipe I've used for 20 years, minus the garlic (severe allergy to the stinky stuff). I can't stand bottled Alfredo sauce; tastes like school paste used to taste when I was a kid.

  32. Donna

    I have been looking for a good Alfredo recipe and look forward to trying this. Do you use fresh grated Parmesan cheese or the grated cheese in the jar?

  33. Melissa

    I tried making this and the cream became chunky and di not look good at all. Any tips for my next try? Thanks, Melissa

    1. Derek

      Two likely causes. First, you may have scorched the cream. Dairy requires constant attention to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Stir or gently whisk near-constantly, making sure to get the bottom of the sauce pan frequently enough to prevent it burning. Second, if you used pre-grated parmesan in a little shaker canister like Kraft, that generally has an anti-clumping agent in it which has the unfortunate side effect of preventing smooth melting and incorporation into a sauce. This usually results in a very grainy sauce, but I could see it resulting in chunky sauce as well. To avoid this, either get a wedge of fresh cheese and grate it yourself, or check the ingredients for cellulose powder or anything that's followed by something like "to prevent caking".

    2. Lindsey

      Keep your temp lower and stir constantly while you slowly add the cream.

  34. Melissa

    5

    Made this tonight and WOW!! Best Alfredo sauce recipe I have found. Used with shrimp and some spinach and the guys rated it A+. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Irene

    Great recipe! Simple and easy to follow. My family loved it!

  36. Doc

    5

    I've made this many many times. My wife begs me to make it cause she likes it so much better then Olive Garden. However as with every other butter or oil based sauce I've made, it separates over night while in the fridge. Any tips to keep this from happening? I hate trashing the stuff the next day. .

    1. Kate

      Make it in smaller amounts. Alfredo does not reheat well at all.

    2. Flamingo

      I didn't know. I will know for next time. Mmmm. For a very irregular-eating family, I wonder how I could warm it up and the sauce remain smooth?

  37. Feebee

    How much does this make. In other words, with how much pasta?

  38. cody

    I like to add one finely chopped shallot or chopped green onion in with the garlic. And always finish with chopped green onion on top.

  39. Kate

    I would add some fresh minced herbs (tarragon, thyme) and just a small pinch of nutmeg at the end. Amazing how these small additions will take this sauce to a new level.

  40. Lari

    Can you use garlic powder?

  41. Greg

    Made this recipe tonight for my daughter. We both LOVED it! No more using Alfredo sauce from a jar. I actually doubled this recipe for a pound of pasta as I like it extra creamy. It was PERFECT!

    1. Mary W. Rice

      5

      Decadence at its best. It doesn't end up drowning the pasta in sauce? The second time. I ran cold water over the pasta. I am pretty sure it resulted in the sayce not clinging to the pasta and absorbing it as well. When we reheated it. The sauce was just a shiny buttery mess. Still yummy. But was difficult to enjoy staring at the butter formed at the bottom of my bowl. Do you think my suspicion that hot pasta is better than cold pasta to pour sauce over?

  42. Tracey

    5

    This was my first time ever making Alfredo sauce and it was absolutely amazing. On par with a restaurant quality sauce and, in some cases, even better! I didn't have any white pepper though and used regular black pepper and it was just fine! Absolutely delicious! It's not part of my menu!

  43. Linda Wamsley

    5

    My grandsons-9 and 12--are Alfredo connoisseurs--while we have adult favorite foods--grama spoils them with their fave foods!! Ahhh--Alfredo--yours has been rated the absolute best!! They love to choose the pasta-always different--but this sauce!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  44. Thomas

    5

    So good! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Stephanie

    5

    This was really good. I didn't add any salt (I cut salt out of my diet, so I'm really sensitive to the taste now).
    I used fresh parmesan and grated it myself instead of the stuff in the jar, and it was AMAZING. Just enough garlic for my love of the stuff, but not too overpowering for my husband who isn't as fond of it.

  46. Holly

    I'm glad I read through the comments. My Kraft shredded parm cheese is not melting well. Now I know to get a fresh block and grate it up instead of using the Kraft packaged cheese. This sauce still tastes great, even with my unmelted cheese bits!!

    1. Flamingo

      I have some unmelted cheese bits in mine as well, but I kinda like it. They give it a burst of parm flavor now and then.

  47. Michelle Shelton

    5

    Made this tonight. Sooo much better than jarred stuff and the kids liked it!

  48. CC

    5

    This recipe was THE BEST!!!!

    This will be my second time making it. The first I used Alfredo noodles with ground hot Italian sausage and it was a complete hit!

    This time I am using it to complete a Alfredo roll up recipe.

  49. Tasha

    Tonight I wanted Alfredo so I looked for a recipe. I was reluctant because of past failed attempts but to my surprise I was BLOWN AWAY! This sauce is so good that I swear I almost drank it! I had to stop myself. I'm so happy I found this! Next time I want to do it correctly and buy fresh Parmesan and grate it myself instead of using the pre-grated cheese, the cheese i used didn't melt completely so my sauce was clumpy. I'm hoping next time the flavor is the same but the texture is better. Please, if anyone has used fresh Parmesan tell me how it was! I don't want to try it and be disappointed

    1. Foodie

      5

      I almost drank it too. Lol. Sooooo good. I used fresh grated and added it slowly. I took the pan completely off the stove when I did it and it melted down really nicely. You will not be disappointed.

  50. Bonnie Stamp

    5

    Can you make it the day before and refrigerate over night and use the next day?

    1. Dan

      Will separate over night, best fresh, Bonnie!

  51. Amanda

    I tried this sauce for dinner and it was amazing. Im never doing alfredo differently again. Thanks for a great recipe.

  52. Gwen

    I'm looking for a Alfrado sauce thats kind of thin. this looks like what i'm looking for thank you

  53. Martha

    5

    Amazing.....would reccommend only using 1 cup parmesan cheese a bit too thick.

  54. Alicia

    Any idea of the calorie count?

  55. The Literate Chef

    5

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  56. Vanessa

    5

    This sauce is so delicious. I love how simple the directions are. I will not buy the jarred stuff again when the real thing taste so much better and is so easy!

  57. Melissa

    I made this last night for my family and it is the best Alfredo sauce ive ever had!!! I love alfredo sauce and ive made it at home before but this one beats all of the ones ive made on my own, and its better than restaurant versions I've had, my 3 year old daughter and my boyfriend almost licked their plates clean, Thank You!! I will definitely be using this site for more recipes.

  58. Self Proclaimed Chef

    The best Alfredo recipe that I have ever tried! Super simple to make! I added a little extra garlic because I love the taste.

  59. Alexa

    How long does this last in the refrigerator?

    1. John

      It is of course best fresh, but I would say you can have it last as long as the normal ingredients. A week or more. The key is that it all separates even overnight so it is best to be patient in re-heating and using the stove on low heat vs. microwave.

    2. Flamingo

      THANK YOU!

  60. Anonymous

    5

    Just used this recipe for tonights meal, and oh my goodness is this yummy! My grandmother, who normally doesn't eat alfredo, enjoyed it as well! The sauce to the 1 pound of pasta was perfect as well. I felt like a chef when making this and I love that. Love it, and will most certainly be making this again!

  61. Melanie

    Can milk be substituted? I know it will not be as rich.

    1. John

      Yes. I use 1/2 2% and 1/2 Soy milk and a small amount of flour to get a similar consistency.

    2. Flamingo

      John, have you ever tried almond milk or rice milk? Since our soy fields are now all GMO? Curious as to why you don't use dairy.

  62. Dawn Marie Tierney

    4

    Very good, very simple, I've made this a couple of times. Thank you!

  63. Julia Pierce

    5

    Thank you for your recipe.My addiction to alfredo sauce is EXTREME! Some may say ,shameful...Usually a taste is enough to say,ok,and move on;;;Yours is repeat testing with a BIG spoon til nearly half is gone before I slather it on my white spinach pizza.....thnx,again.

  64. Carla

    Alfredo sauce taste great, better than the last receipt I used 😃 Thanks for posting it.

  65. Maria Mitsialis

    5

    I tried this recipe tonight and was DELICIOUS. Thanks for sharing, it was so easy.

  66. Mary

    Does this sauce freeze well?

  67. April Wallace

    Was I the only one that found this to be way to salty?

    1. Chef in Training

      So sorry it was too salty. You can always adjust the salt to help get it to your preference. I hope everything else like consistency and flavor, aside from salt, was to your liking :)

  68. Bradley R.

    5

    would I simply double this for 2 cups of pasta?

  69. Sawaiiwaii

    Great recipe! But!
    Half of the anount of the butter is more then enough!!! I promise!
    2 cloves of garlic? Not enough at all! I use like 6 :) (garlic lover)
    And little more salt and pepper will just give it much better taste!
    Dont be afraid to spice up your meal!

  70. Katie

    After this cooks down how much sauce would you there is approximately? Recipe looks great, cannot wait to make it.

  71. Tara

    5

    My family loves this sauce ! I pour it over my bow tie pasta mixed with pieces of baked chicken breast. It was soo easy to make. A good first time alfrado sauce recipe.
    THANK YOU ! for sharing. :)

  72. James M

    5

    You can reheat it the next day on defrost in the microwave slowly, stirring every so often so it doesn't boil. I used Romano from a block of cheese and grated it myself. Very good. I also added milk to the heavy cream and used two cups grated Romano and added a couple chunks of Sharp Chedder and a little corn starch to thicken it. , Basically, you really can't screw this recipe up.

  73. Kim

    5

    Super Simple and delicious even when served with leftovers!

  74. Rachel Chapman

    This recipe is almost perfect! I also add a pinch of nutmeg, 1/4 of a chicken bouillon cube & 4 oz of cream cheese before adding the heavy (whipping) cream. The flavour is out of this world! My family absolutely loves this Alfredo sauce!

  75. Stacey

    5

    This was so simple, and it was great! I added about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, delicious.

  76. Krista

    5

    Simple and delicious Alfredo recipe! I used Asiago and parmesean, added a little lemon zest and a few tablespoons of pasta water to mine. It gave the sauce the perfect creamy texture. Thanks for the recipe!

  77. Casandra

    How many people does this feed? Feeding four people but one eats a ton (athlete). Should I double the recipe?

    Thank you,
    Casandra

  78. Chrissy

    Great googley moogley!! That stuff is the bomb!!! (Yes I said 'bomb'). I usually find most recipes hard to follow because I have little patience and a short attn span, I added more garlic and pepper because I love those and wanted more kick to it. I mean, I'm going to need serious breath mints after but I don't care, because this stuff was easy to make and tasted great.

  79. Arlene

    I'm going to make this for 50 people. How many people does this recipe serve?

  80. Annette

    I do not have any heavy cream to make alfredo sauce, is there a recipe to use sour cream

  81. Jamie

    5

    This sauce turned out fansastic!! Tonight I'm baking it in oven over Cauliflower florets. Next time I'm gonna try this with Spagetti Squash. Definitely a keeper😊 TRY IT

  82. Mike

    Definitely a good sauce. Easy to make and tasted great. Next time, I would probably add a little more salt. Thanks for posting.

  83. Heather schultz

    5

    This sauce was easy to make and tastes so good! It's my go to

  84. Megan L

    5

    Made this tonight, it is delicious!!

  85. Anastasia wolff

    I was laughing at the picture because there is nowhere in the recipe that calls for parsley and there was not one comment suggesting to add it? Just duh! Im going to make this sauce now.... With fresh parsley added at last "stir". Let ya know how it turns out?

    1. Chef in Training

      It is just garnished with it :) Not actually apart of the recipe. So sorry for the confusion.

  86. Jillian

    4

    Do you have an alternative recipe that doesn't use butter? I make this for myself and have the leftovers for the rest of the week. It's so good when I eat it the first night, but when I microwave the pasta the following days, the butter gathers at the bottom of my tupperware and the sauce isn't as creamy. So I end up having a gross puddle of butter and I have to add more parmesan cheese. Thanks!

  87. Sarah

    5

    How much pasta is this for? I am trying to find a recipe for 12 ounces of zitti

  88. Jessica

    5

    Will Parmesan cheese from the container make the sauce less tasty? Or will fresh Parmesan cheese work the best

  89. Jennifer Vatne

    This worked great. The flavor is creamy tangy yummy. Very very easy.

  90. Nikki

    5

    I really like your sauce, since my hubby doesn't like garlic always so I just added one clove instead of two. My three girls loved it.

  91. Jan

    5

    Easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  92. Brenda

    Can you substitute something for the heavy cream if I don't have that?

  93. Sara

    5

    Great recipe! I reduced the parmesan cheese by a bit to make the sauce less salty.

  94. Anne Treanor

    5

    By far the best recipe I've found. My family and I love it!

  95. Virginia

    5

    Thank you so much for sharing this excellent recipe. I am going to put it among my favourite recipes.

  96. Sabrina

    Just made this with paneed chicken and it was soooo yummy! Definitely adding this one to the rotation.

  97. Nelia

    When you say heavy cream will whipping cream work?

  98. Eden D.

    Oh my goodness this is the BEST alfredo sauce I've ever had!! Thank you so much for taking your time to post this recipe! :) Def 5 stars! *****

  99. Teri

    5

    Great sauce!

  100. Nikki

    I don't understand why the sauce was really thin and got chunky and not the nice creamy texture. Flavor was great though! Any idea where I went wrong?

  101. Karla

    My husband loved It! Definitely a keeper. So easy.

  102. Golnoush Cookson

    I'm making it right now!

  103. Cortney

    Delicious! We love it! That's a million.

  104. Mary Grubbs

    Thank you for your recipe.. Both my husband anI loved it.. I did not have any cheese other than Asiago so we used it... Did the trick.... :)

  105. Julianna

    Why do you have to use white pepper instead of black pepper.

  106. Julianna

    Do you have to use white pepper? Or can you use black pepper instead?

  107. Debbie

    5

    I love this recipe. I use it all the time! Keeps well in the fridge for weeks.

  108. Johanna

    Is it okay to use the Parmesan in the containers, meant to be sprinkled on pasta? Like the Kraft? As long as it's 100% Parmesan of course, not something else mixed in. My son loves white sauce, but I can't afford to buy fresh Parmesan all the time. Thank you!

  109. Jay

    No need for salt Parmesan is salty. Don't wanna over do it

  110. Mike

    5

    I have used this recipe for years with all the same results as everyone else. I found that adding some fresh basil and a couple of pinches of nutmeg. It give a "fresh from Naples" taste.

    1. Mike

      Sorry, was distracted while writing those last two sentences. I meant that with basil and nutmeg you achieve an even more authentic flavor.

  111. Nick Garcia

    5

    Made this last night over some tortellini for my three kids and they all loved it!! All three of them (12,10, and 8) gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up!!

  112. Steve

    How many servings is this recipe for ?

  113. Mrs Hull

    Help! My sauce got grainy! What did I do wrong?

  114. Kim

    5

    Very Easy and tastes great!

  115. Loraine

    I gave it a try and it's delicious! Thanks a lot.

  116. Keli Greet

    This was perfect and amazing! It had just the right balance. Sometimes Alfredo sauce is so rich you can only take a few bites. This was flavorful and creamy without being overpowering. Made it with homemade fettuccini and topped with sweet Italian sausage. Thank you for a new go to recipe.

  117. Jess

    5

    Hello, love this recipe!!!! How many servings can one get from this or does anyone know the nutritional information ?

  118. Stacey

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  119. Rebecca

    5

    I'm making this for the 2nd time tonight. It is so easy and so delicious! It's going over rotini with roasted brussels sprouts and roasted broccoli.

  120. Diosa

    Thank you for sharing! I've always wondered how to make Alfredo sauce ... I'm trying this recipe tonight! 😋

  121. Jessica W.

    5

    I just want to say thanks a million for posting this recipe! I have been using this since last year and have made huge servings for parties and events!! You have literally changed my life from eating alfredo anything from a jar. I'm currently 8 months pregnant and I make fettuccine alfredo at least once a week. I'm so spoiled I can't eat the alfredo at the Olive Garden anymore.
    *Note: sometimes I use freshly shredded parmesan and asiago when I'm out of grated parm. It's just as yummy just takes a little longer to dissolve.

  122. Jim

    Is that the "powdered" Kraft type parmesan or real parmesan shredded?? or does it not make a difference?

  123. Elizabeth Wingfield

    5

    Made a half recipe tonight for just 2, turned out great!

  124. Kelly G

    5

    I loved it so much I want to make it for an event for about 100 people...can you give me the appropriate amounts of ingredients I need for penne alfredo using 24 lbs of pasta?

  125. Angela

    Mine didn't turn out at all. It was like a pile of wet parmesan in oil. :(

  126. Rickstine Glahe

    Can you substitute half and half instead of heavy cream