Overhead pic of homemade alfredo sauce coating fettuccini noodles in a cast-iron skillet.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

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This is the best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe that you will ever make. It is so creamy and delicious that you will want fettuccine Alfredo for dinner every night. This sauce is so easy to make and will go great with any of your favorite pasta.

Close up pic of homemade alfredo sauce in a mason jar with the creamy sauce dripping from a spoon.

What Make This The Best Alfredo Sauce?

There are so many reasons that this is the best Alfredo sauce ever. Maybe it is because it is one of the most saved recipes on the blog. Maybe it is because this is one of those recipes that none of my kids complain about at dinner. But, I think it is because it is so easy to make and that it has an amazing creamy flavor. It is a restaurant quality recipe that can be put together with just a few simple ingredients.

Some of my favorite things to make with this sauce is Homemade Bread Sticks or Garlic Knots. I love to wipe up the leftover sauce on my plate with them. If you like creamy pasta recipes you should also check out my Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta. I will leave you begging for more.

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

  • Heavy Cream – If you would like to make this a little bit lighter. You can substitute this with half and half.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Make sure to use fresh grated Parmesan Cheese and not the stuff in the can.
  • Garlic – I love to use fresh garlic. But, when I am in a hurry I love to used this Minced Garlic. It saves so much time and then my hands don’t smell like garlic for days.
  • Unsalted Butter – Make sure to use butter and not margarine. The butter combines better with the cream once melted.
  • Ground Black Pepper – You can play with this by adding more to flavor it to your liking.
  • Onion Powder & Garlic Salt – Don’t skip either of these spices. They add so much flavor and is the secret to making the sauce so good.
All the ingredients needed to make the best alfredo sauce.

How To Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce

When making this sauce my Cast Iron Skillet is my go pan. I love that I can use metal tongs or a metal whisk and not have to worry about it scratching the bottom of the pan.

  • Over medium heat melt butter in a large skillet or sauce pan. Add minced garlic and saute until golden brown. About 1-2 minutes.
  • While whisking slowly pour in heavy cream and incorporate into garlic and butter. Continue to whisk and add black pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • A little at a time add Parmesan cheese and whisk until completely melted. Lower heat to low and continue whisk for 3-4 minutes. Or cheese is completely melted and incorporated into the cream.
  • Serve while hot over your favorite pasta. Enjoy!
Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Tips For The Best Sauce

To ensure that your homemade Alfredo sauce comes out perfect every time. Here a few tips that I have found to make this the best. You won’t need to go out for pasta past after you master this thick and creamy sauce.

  • When adding the butter make sure not to burn it. This will greatly affect how this recipe tastes.
  • When adding in the heavy cream, slowly stir it in with a whisk. I like to use a whisk rather than a spatula or spoon. It helps incorporate everything a lot better and makes it smoother.
  • Parmesan cheese is what brings everything together and makes this so creamy and amazing. For best results use fresh grated Parmesan. Avoid using Parmesan cheese from a can or the powdered stuff. This will make the sauce turn out lumpy and gritty. When adding the cheese into the sauce. Sprinkle it in slowly and whisk the entire time. This will allow the cheese to melt better and avoid getting clumps in the sauce.
  • Don’t overheat the sauce or allow it to boil. This will cause the oils to separate from the sauce and it will cause your cheese to be clumpy. You can also remove the sauce from heat and add the Parmesan cheese in without heat if you are worried about boiling it.
Close up of Fettucine covered in creamy Alfredo sauce and garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

How To Store Alfredo Sauce

  • Refrigerate – Any airtight container will work well to store the Alfredo sauce in. But I like to store mine in a Mason jar. It makes it easy to pour out a little at a time. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing – This is one of those recipes that does not freeze well. It causes the sauce to separate and is not the same after it has been frozen.
  • Reheating – The best way to reheat Alfredo sauce is in a saucepan on the stovetop. The key is to heat it over low heat and to whisk to incorporate everything back together. I do not recommend reheating this in the oven. It will cause the sauce to become oily and separate from its self. Once you have reheated the sauce, do not refrigerate or reheat again.
Overhead pic of homemade alfredo sauce coating fettuccini noodles in a cast-iron skillet.

Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce

This is the Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe that you will ever make. It is so creamy and delicious that you will want fettuccine Alfredo for dinner every night. This sauce is so easy to make and will go great with any of your favorite pasta.
5 from 30 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 399 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • cups Parmesan cheese (finely shredded)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Over medium heat melt butter in a large skillet or sauce pan. Add minced garlic and saute until golden brown. About 1-2 minutes.
  • While whisking slowly pour in heavy cream and incorporate into garlic and butter. Continue to whisk and add black pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • A little at a time add Parmesan cheese and whisk until completely melted. Lower heat to low and continue whisk for 3-4 minutes. Or cheese is completely melted and incorporated into the cream.
  • Serve while hot over your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Start cooking pasta at the same time as the sauce. So they will be ready together.
  • Nutrition estimate is for sauce only, does not include pasta.
*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 3.7gProtein: 13.2gFat: 38.2gSaturated Fat: 24.3gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 471mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin D: 31µgCalcium: 369mg
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33 Comments

  1. I love alfredo sauce and this homemade alfredo sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. 5 stars
    We love alfredo sauce and we love making pasta! This is perfect for our family! I can’t wait to make this!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try your version of this Italian classic! PS I’ll be trying it on my Italian boyfriend – I’m sure it’ll get the seal of approval:) x

  4. 5 stars
    I love how easy this is to make!! Everyone at my house loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    I really need to give this sauce a try myself. It looks so creamy and delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    This sauce looks so good, can’t wait to make it!

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for the tips i have never made Alfredo sauce before so can’t wait to try it.

  8. 5 stars
    We make this sauce all the time and LOVE it. Its our to-go weeknight pasta recipe! Thank you!

  9. Carrie Robinson

    5 stars
    Homemade Alfredo sauce is the best! This looks perfect. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Definitely the comfort food I need today! What a creamy, flavorful sauce and I love how easily it comes together.

  11. Oh my goodness.. it’s my kids favorite and never made it at home… Will definitely make this!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a simple recipe with simple ingredients, yet super creamy and good! You could pair it with just about anything! A great cream sauce!

  13. 5 stars
    My husband and son literally want me to make this every night! Thanks for a new “hit”.

  14. 5 stars
    I love that this sauce is so easy to make. Literally a breeze! It looks so creamy, I am drooling!

  15. 5 stars
    This Alfredo sauce is delicious! The fresh grated parmesan really brings out the flavors and ties the sauce together!

  16. 5 stars
    Alfredo is one of the things that my family will drop everything for. This recipe is wonderful!

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe is super easy and delicious. I added some chicken and frozen peas and corn! What I did I season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, oregano, basil and parsley, I didn’t used fresh, because I was not cooking it me I was at work. I just Sauté the chicken and the carrots for about 5mins on high, then added to the pasta. Thank you!

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I think I will saute’ some shrimp this evening and make your sauce.

  19. 5 stars
    Okay, this sauce is screaming my name!! I am going to have to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  20. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    Love how easy this recipe is. It’s perfect for our family!

  21. 5 stars
    My kids favourite pasta sauce! Absolutely delicious and clean plates all round.

  22. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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