Homemade Alfredo Sauce is so creamy and flavorful, and so simple to make from scratch! You’ll never want to resort to the jarred stuff again!
I have been making homemade Alfredo Sauce for so long, I know this recipe like the back of my hand. It’s super simple, tastes like you slaved over it, and is delicious with all kinds of pastas. We especially love it with Tortellini.
About 11 years again when my husband and I first met, he casually mentioned that Fettuccine Alfredo was his favorite guilty pleasure. Well, guilty pleasure suggests that you rarely get to splurge, but he would splurge on the stuff any time we went out to eat. If they had Alfredo on the menu, you can bet it was going to end up at our table!
My kids have become quite the Alfredo lovers, too. In fact on a recent trip to our favorite Italian restaurant the 4 of us all ordered it! You should have seen our servers face as he went around the table and we all answered, “Chicken Alfredo.”
It’s such a simple meal, but is so homey and comforting. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular dish!
How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce from Scratch
There are basically two ways to make a homemade Alfredo Sauce. The traditional way involves a few simple ingredients and basically heating them on the stove and melting the cheese, and the non-traditional method involves creating a roux.
I think both methods are delicious, and the roux method is definitely a “skinnier” recipe since it uses a lot less butter and a cream. However if I had to choose, it’s going to be traditional Alfredo every time.
Here are some Alfredo Sauce making tips:
- The cheese is important! You will want to buy only fresh Parmesan cheese when you make your homemade sauce. The grated stuff in the can doesn’t melt and can end up tasting grainy, and the pre-packaged shredded Parmesan won’t melt as well either. Buy the block of Parmesan from the deli for the best results.
- Thicken a thin Alfredo sauce: Sauce not thick enough for you? Add a couple ounces of softened cream cheese to your sauce and it will give it a creamier texture and will help it thicken up a bit.
- Let it simmer. Be sure to turn the heat down when you add the Parmesan cheese. You don’t want to boil this sauce at all, just a simmer will do fine. Boiling can result in a broken sauce, and nobody likes that.
If you’re looking for a Skinny Alfredo Sauce without heavy cream, be sure to check out our Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti.
This Homemade Alfredo Sauce is luscious, creamy, and oh so tasty. Pour it over chicken, pasta, or even pizza! Makes a great bread dip too!
Here are some more delicious Alfredo recipes to try:
- Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Soup
- Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
- Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Fettucine Alfredo
Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Homemade Alfredo Sauce is so creamy and flavorful, and so simple to make from scratch! Great for pasta, pizza and more!
Yield 3 cups
- 1 stick (½ cup) butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
- Whisk in heavy cream and allow to bubble up to a simmer, then simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk in the parmesan and bring to a simmer - do not boil - for about 3-4 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and toss with fresh, hot pasta. Garnish with fresh minced parsley.