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This Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe is a delicious and quick way to whip up an Italian dinner. You only need three ingredients and 10 minutes to make the best Homemade Alfredo Sauce ever! Or if you’re looking for my healthier version see here -> Healthy Alfredo Sauce.
Better Than Store-Bought!
Is there anything better than Homemade Alfredo Sauce? I’ve bought the jarred kind for years because it’s shelf-stable and ready when you are, but this homemade alfredo sauce recipe is SO significantly better than store-bought, only made with three ingredients, and is so easy to make! It is a decadent dinner that I only make once or twice a year because it is so dangerously good. My kids love these “white sauce noodles” and I know you will too.
White Sauce vs Alfredo Sauce
Alfredo Sauce is an Italian sauce traditionally made with heavy cream, butter, parmesan cheese, and occasionally garlic. It’s a decadent sauce that is a huge crowd-pleaser.
White Sauce is a French sauce otherwise known as Béchamel sauce. It is made up of a roux (flour and butter) and cream. It’s more shelf stable than alfredo sauce but is used in a variety of dishes whereas alfredo sauce is mainly used in fettuccine alfredo!
A Note About Parmesan Cheese
Quality matters with parmesan cheese. Use higher-quality kind and freshly grate it yourself. If you can find the real stuff (parmigiano reggiano) use that. After recipe testing this recipe over and over I know that the store-bought pre-shredded kind does not work as well as the real kind.
How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce
How to make Alfredo Sauce is super easy and quick so just follow these steps and you’ll have dinner ready in no time! And if you are looking for a video tutorial, scroll down to the recipe card for a super helpful how-to.
Melt your butter into a large skillet. I like using salted butter, but unsalted works just fine. Once butter is completely melted reduce heat to medium-low.
If you want to go one step further and brown the butter for another layer of flavor you HAVE to check out my Browned Butter Alfredo Pasta.
Whisk in some heavy cream and heat gently with the butter. Pan may sizzle, but as you stir it will subside.
Slowly melt in the parmesan cheese until a thicker, creamy sauce forms. Add in pepper and taste before adding in salt.
How to Thicken
As the alfredo sauce sits it tends to thicken up. If that’s what you’d like simply wait it out. If you need to thin it out add in a splash of pasta water to keep things loose.
Serve with Pasta
Toss with desired pasta and serve. I used fettuccine because that’s such a classic choice, but any pasta is fine.
Uses for Alfredo Sauce
Not only can this sauce be used for pasta but it is also great on pizza, as a dipping sauce for breadsticks, or even over parmesan chicken. This recipe is thick and creamy which makes it perfect for all your carb-loading needs.
Or if you want/need some vegetables in your life, try enjoying alfredo sauce with zoodles (zucchini noodles).
Can I Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
No. I would not recommend freezing this Alfredo Sauce recipe. I know so many of you readers love making foods in advance or making double the recipe and freezing half for a quick weeknight meal later. Alfredo sauce made the traditional way with just butter, cream and cheese isn’t very stable and has a tendency to separate once it starts to cool. (Anyone who has ordered a Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden and brought home the leftovers will know that you have a buttery, sloppy mess the next day when you try to microwave it for lunch the next day.) I would recommend making this sauce fresh, from scratch, every time.
If you make an Alfredo Sauce with a roux (butter and flour), that will make your overall sauce more ‘stable’ and it will become more freezer-friendly. But this recipe, as-is will not freeze well. Sorry!
Side Dishes for Fettuccine Alfredo
More Alfredo Recipes!
- Chicken Alfredo Red Pepper Pasta (Macro Friendly)
- Healthy Alfredo Sauce
- Alfredo Stuffed Shells
- Chicken Pesto Alfredo Pasta
- Chicken Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
- Brown Butter Ravioli Alfredo
So, if you’re in the mood for pasta tonight, be sure to try this simple and delicious Alfredo Sauce recipe. Grab the printable recipe below to save because it’s a special one you won’t want to lose. And don’t forget to check out the video for how to make this recipe! Have a great day, friends!
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese use the real stuff
- salt & 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.
- Immediately pour in the 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.