Making a homemade Alfredo Sauce is a delicious and quick way to whip up a quick Italian dinner! You only need three main ingredients and about 10 minutes.
Is there anything better than homemade alfredo sauce? I’ve bought the jarred alfredo sauce for years because it’s shelf stable and ready when you are, but homemade is SO significantly better than store bought and so easy! This sauce is literally made with three ingredients: butter, cream and parmesan cheese. First, melt the butter in a large, high-sided skillet, whisk in the cream and then sprinkle in the cheese. Continue whisking until the cheese is completely melted in and the sauce is thick and smooth. Simmer it gently and then remove from the heat. Taste and add in salt and pepper as needed and then toss with pasta. I used fettuccine because that’s such a classic choice, but any pasta is fine.
If you want to go one step further and brown the butter for Browned Butter Alfredo Pasta, see this post here. And if you’re more of a tomato sauce kind of person, try my Lasagna, my Crockpot Bolognese or my Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta.
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- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese use the real stuff
- salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Melt butter in a heavy bottomed deep skillet over medium heat. Once butter is completely melted reduce heat to medium low and immediately pour in cream. Pan may sizzle, but as you stir it will subside. Whisk in cheese and continue stirring until cheese is completely melted and sauce is smooth. Taste and add in salt and lots of pepper, as desired.
Use sauce immediately by tossing with hot pasta and serving right away. If it sits, the sauce tends to thicken up, so add in a splash of pasta water to keep things loose.