Creamy, rich, and absolutely dreamy, Alfredo sauce happens to be a personal favorite of mine. My whole family adores it and it seems no matter how much pasta I make to go with it, there are never any leftovers. For an easy dinner night that delights, make this Alfredo sauce recipe!
Best Alfredo Sauce Recipe
The best Alfredo sauce uses only 8 simple ingredients. And guess what…no flour! If you’ve been making it with flour, you’re making it wrong! No more jars of gloppy goop that don’t taste right…this homemade alfredo recipe will have you making it like a real chef!
Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe
This easy homemade alfredo sauce only tastes extravagant. Making it is so simple, you won’t believe it until you see it with your own eyes. With just 8 ingredients you probably have at home already and about 15 minutes of your time, you’ll have this indulgent sauce ready to go.
Alfredo Sauce Ingredients
- Butter – choose unsalted so your alfredo pasta sauce won’t be overpowered with saltiness.
- Heavy whipping cream – this is the secret to getting that thick, rich, and creamy alfredo sauce taste and texture.
- Garlic – mince it yourself for the freshest flavors. A must for any garlic alfredo sauce.
- Parmesan cheese – get a block of it and grate it fresh to really make your authentic Alfredo sauce taste like restaurant-quality.
- Alfredo sauce seasoning – you’ll need Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to finish this beauty off.
“This cauliflower tastes just like, bread, pasta, and alfredo sauce.” …said no one ever
How do you Make Alfredo Sauce from Scratch
Pull out your large skillet and put it over low heat. Then you’ll add butter and cream, letting it simmer together. Then garlic and seasonings get whisked in. Finally, the parmesan cheese goes in. Once that melts nicely throughout, you can serve it up with fettuccine noodles or anything else you like.
How to Cook Alfredo Sauce
To cook this simple alfredo sauce recipe, you will need a skillet. Grab all the ingredients and grate your cheese first. Mince garlic first as well. You can use the jarred minced garlic but mincing it yourself will give you the most delightful flavors.
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Alfredo Sauce Every Time
- Don’t use flour! This recipe doesn’t call for flour in the first place but the biggest mistake I see with people making Alfredo sauce is that they use flour. You don’t need it!
- Pick the freshest parmesan. Grating it right off the block really is the best. It’s cheaper too so it does you better in the long run.
- Grate the cheese before getting started. This small step will help you get enough cheese into the sauce to thicken it up.
- The sauce will thicken on its own. If you let it stand for a few minutes and it still isn’t as thick as you’d like, add more parmesan.
What are the ingredients in Alfredo sauce?
The best homemade alfredo sauce is made from butter, heavy whipping cream, garlic, fresh grated parmesan, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper.
What seasonings are good in Alfredo?
Alfredo is a very simple sauce that most Americans over complicate. All it needs is fresh minced garlic, Italian seasoning (which has a bit of basil and oregano), and salt and pepper.
How do I add flavor to Alfredo sauce?
Adding flavor is as simple as using the minced garlic and fresh parmesan. The Italian seasoning and salt and pepper also elevate these flavors, making it taste amazing.
Can I use milk instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?
Yes, you can make homemade alfredo sauce with milk, although you should mix it with melted butter as instructed above for a richer texture. Or you can also add cornstarch but it won’t taste as rich.
Can I use heavy whipping cream instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?
Yes. That’s what is used in this recipe and it makes your sauce thick, rich, and creamy. Alfredo sauce with heavy cream is the traditional way of making alfredo sauce.
How do you make Alfredo sauce without heavy cream?
If you don’t have heavy cream, you can use regular milk and butter to simulate the richness. You’ll need /4 cup of melted butter and 3/4 cup of milk mixed together thoroughly to make up for one cup of heavy cream.
What can I use instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?
You can use a combination of melted butter and milk to simulate the richness of heavy cream and get a thicker sauce without using flour or cornstarch.
How do you thicken Alfredo sauce?
In this recipe, the Alfredo sauce thickens from the cheese and heavy cream. You do not need anything else to thicken it but if it seems too watery, you can add more parmesan.
What else can I use Alfredo sauce for?
There are so many uses for Alfredo. You can use it for mac n’ cheese, casseroles, pizzas, vegetables, and more. You can also add broccoli, shrimp, or chicken to your Alfredo pasta dishes.
What goes well with Alfredo Sauce?
Naturally, pasta is a perfect match for Alfredo sauce. Fettuccine is customary, though you can use another type. Anything with a barrel shape like penne will make it even more fun to eat. You can also use this sauce as a base for a white pizza, or pour it over steamed broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower.
How to Store Alfredo Sauce
The best way to store your homemade Alfredo sauce is in a mason jar. Doing so will prolong its life in your fridge.
How Long Does Alfredo Sauce Last?
Alfredo sauce will last when properly contained for up to 6 days in your fridge. Though it is highly unlikely you will keep yours this long. No matter how much I make, my family gobbles it up right away.
Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
Yes! I’ve frozen Alfredo sauce in batches so that my husband and kids won’t eat it all and I’ll have a backup for dinner during a busy week. You’ll want to let it cool completely and then move it to freezer-safe bags. It will keep for as long as 6 months.
How to Reheat Alfredo Sauce?
Simply remove the bags from your freezer and place them in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to make it, just heat it slow and low on the stove until it’s hot, stirring frequently.
Classic Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 1/8 cups fresh grated parmesan cheese
- In a large skillet on low heat, add the butter and cream and simmer. Whisk in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper for a minute, then whisk in the parmesan cheese until melted. Serve immediately with fettuccine noodles.
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