Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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This Homemade Alfredo Sauce is quick and easy to make. Full of cream cheese, butter, Parmesan, and spices, you will be licking your plate clean, even when the noodles are gone! 

This creamy sauce can be used in casseroles, as a dip for homemade breadsticks, or over your favorite pasta.

A plate of noodles topped with Homemade Alfredo Sauce and parsley flakes

Homemade Alfredo Sauce: A Love Story

Many years ago, my brother called me and said “Erica, I need to impress this girl, Amber. I told her that I am going to make her a nice dinner tonight.” Of course I knew that he REALLY meant: “I want YOU to make a nice dinner for us tonight and I will pay the grocery bill.” Later that evening when the table was set with candles and fine dinnerware, he ushered me into the basement. However, the dinner impressed Amber so much that later she agreed to marry Devin!

Homemade Alfredo Sauce in a pan with a serving spoon

The Secret is OUT

Of course, after the wedding, the secret came out when Amber asked Devin to make his famous Homemade Alfredo Sauce. He called me up and I gave the recipe up happily. All is fair in love and war, after all! I happily shared the best alfredo sauce recipe with him and now with you! This fettuccine alfredo is the first recipe I can truly call my own that I created from scratch and I can’t wait for you to try it. It’s one of the best pasta sauces I’ve ever had, and my whole family agrees with me on this one. The rich, cheesy flavor in this gorgeous sauce puts Olive Garden alfredo sauce to shame!  Definitely let us know in the comments if this recipe helps you fall in love!

A fork full of noodles covered in alfredo sauce

What Ingredients Do I Need?

Most Alfredo sauce recipes call for heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, but not this one! You don’t even need to make a roux with flour and butter. Basically, you just need a few kitchen staples: fresh shredded Parmesan cheese (you can get great DOP Parmigiano Reggiano at Costco for a great price), garlic powder, butter and cream cheese. When you melt it all together and let it simmer, you get a rich, creamy sauce with a tangy, cheesy finish. You’ll never miss the heavy cream, I promise!

Substitutions for this Recipe

  • If you have garlic cloves to use up, or a jar of minced garlic, feel free to use some of that fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.
  • Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, Romano cheese, asiago cheese or fresh parsley.
  • Swap out fettuccine noodles with any other pasta you have in your pantry: angel hair pasta, penne, or linguine.
A pile of Parmesan cheese on top of sauce in a pot

Ways to Serve Alfredo Sauce

At the end of the day, this Homemade Alfredo Sauce is only as good as the dish it accompanies. 

  • Serve this glorious sauce with Chicken Alfredo over Fettuccine or Linguini noodles. 
  • Use this sauce as a dip for bread twists or veggies. 
  • Drizzle this sauce over grilled chicken, shrimp, or meatballs. 
  • Spread it on a pizza crust (try our family’s favorite pizza dough recipe for your next pizza night)! 
  • Serve grilled asparagus, green beans or a simple green salad alongside your beautiful pasta dish.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat by simmering on low heat on the stove or warming in the microwave.

5-Star Reviews from our Readers

Take it from some of our beloved readers who have tried this recipe; we guarantee you’ll love it too!

“For our Italian family making an Alfredo sauce results in lots if criticism. We are a hard family to impress. This was the best Alfredo Sauce I have made and everyone asked how I made it. The minced garlic was fresh as well as the Parmesan cheese. I actually impressed myself! Great recipe and will be my go to sauce! Thank you!” – Deborah Hollander

“This recipe was amazing! I made it last night and it was simple and tasty. Thank you!” – Renee Machurski

I made this sauce to go with some mushroom ravioli and my boyfriend and I agree, this is THE BEST Alfredo sauce we have ever had!! I substituted the garlic powder for chopped garlic cloves (I used one big one) – it turned out so garlicky, creamy, and cheesy… SO DELICIOUS!! This will become a dinner regular.” – Taralyn

“This recipe is amazing! Simple ingredients, simple preparation, huge crowd pleaser. ” – Jo Johnson

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How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce

A large bowl of pasta with Alfredo sauce, parmesan and parsley

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

5 from 11 votes
Our homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe is rich, creamy and so cheesy. It tastes better than any restaurant variety and is totally easy to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with a wire whisk until smooth. 
    A thick Alfredo sauce starter in a sauce pan
  • Add milk a little at a time while, continue to whisk.
    Alfredo sauce starter in a pot
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and salt & pepper. Remove from heat when it gets to the desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if needed.
    A pile of Parmesan cheese on top of sauce in a pot
  • Serve over fettuccine or linguini noodles and garnish with fresh parsley.
    A fork full of noodles covered in alfredo sauce

Nutrition Information

Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 9gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 421mgPotassium: 156mgSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1032IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 255mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. What happened to your directions for the Skinny Red Pepper Alfredo sauce? I can still see the ingredients, but when I click on “Read Directions” it takes me to the Homemade Alfredo recipe….

  2. 5 stars
    For our Italian family making an Alfredo sauce results in lots if criticism. We are a hard family to impress. This was the best Alfredo Sauce I have made and everyone asked how I made it. The minced garlic was fresh as well as the Parmesan cheese. I actually impressed myself! Great recipe and will be my go to sauce! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this sauce to go with some mushroom ravioli and my boyfriend and I agree, this is THE BEST Alfredo sauce we have ever had!! I substituted the garlic powder for chopped garlic cloves (I used one big one) – it turned out so garlicky, creamy, and cheesy… SO DELICIOUS!! This will become a dinner regular.

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