Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce is rich, creamy, and packed with garlic parmesan flavor!  This Alfredo Sauce is easy to make and perfect with your favorite pasta!

Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo Sauce:

Alfredo sauce is one of my favorite things to have with a big bowl of pasta!  It’s a very rich and indulgent treat for dinner.  I also love that it only takes about 5-10 minutes to whip up a batch!  This recipe will yield about two cups of sauce total.  It can easily be doubled if you are feeding a crowd or want extra for later.  The bottled Alfredo just doesn’t compare to this delicious homemade version!  If you love cooking from scratch, make some of this Homemade Pasta to go along with your sauce!

What is Alfredo Sauce?

Traditional Alfredo is a simple white/cream sauce.  It is made from butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese.  While the original style is great, I simply like to add garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to make Alfredo sauce taste even better!

how to make alfredo sauce

How to Make Alfredo Sauce:

  • The first step to making Alfredo is to warm your butter and cream in a large saucepan over low heat.  You will let it simmer (but not boil) for about 2 minutes.
  • Next, you will whisk in your garlic and seasonings.  Whisking constantly for about one minute just to let the garlic cook.
  • Lastly, you will add your parmesan cheese and stir just until the cheese has melted and your sauce is smooth.

Note that it is best to use freshly grated parmesan cheese right off of the block so that your sauce isn’t grainy.  I do not recommend using the “shaker” style container grated cheese for this recipe.

The Parmesan will thicken this sauce up.  If it isn’t quite thick enough, allow the sauce to stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.

homemade alfredo sauce recipe

If you love making your own pasta sauce at home, be sure to try out my Easy Homemade Pesto as well!



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Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce is rich, creamy, and packed with garlic parmesan flavor!  This Alfredo Sauce is easy to make and perfect with your favorite pasta!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Servings 2 Cups



  • Add the butter and cream to a large skillet.
  • Simmer over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper for one minute.
  • Whisk in the parmesan cheese until melted.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 535kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 4 stars
    I like to use Brie in mine to thicken it. Melt the brie and cream, add butter and garlic and pepper. when its all creamy but still thin, add the parmesan.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This was the best Alfredo I have ever had. I had the hungry grandkids, was in a hurry and didn’t have the type of Parmesan that was required in the recipe. I used the shaker, already grated Parmesan. It was still glorious! Everyone loved it, even Henri, my pasta gourmet. For me, it was infinitely better than restaurant Alfredo. We used Linguini. Perfezionare! Grazie!

  3. 5 stars
    This is by far the best alfredo sauce I’ve ever made.
    My mother use to make the best at her Italian restaurant .
    This recipe is 100% on point like my mother’s.
    And super easy . I did not add any salt . Butter and parmesan had plenty .
    I grilled shrimp and put it in the sauce with fresh broccoli.

  4. 5 stars
    This is delicious! Simple, fast, easy, and the best alfredo sauce I’ve ever had! I made a double batch for dinner with guests, and everyone had rave reviews. I’m absolutely bookmarking this one to make again ASAP

    1. Hi! Glad you liked it! You could try freezing it if you’d like. But, I have to say I’ve never had great luck freezing cream-based sauces like this, the texture just isn’t the same after.

  5. 5 stars
    I literally made this on a 30 min lunch break and it came out fabulous. My family has been making alfredo sauce from scratch for over a year now and we appreciate quick and easy recipes. Thank you so much!

  6. 5 stars
    Used 1 cup cheddar in a double recipe, also used 1 T of rosted garlic, Italian spice rosted tomato oil with the butter. Added a handful of bacon at the end and OMG THIS WAS AMAZING! I even got my partner to eat spaghetti squash with this sauce on top!