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. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! However the 2nd time around I made some tweaks that sent it into best Alfredo I have ever had in my life mode. Instead of 2 cups of Parmesan I did 1 cup of shredded Parmesan 1/2 cup of white medium sharp cheddar and 1/2 of Monterey Jack cheese. I omitted the Italian season and did garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. I also did 2 cups of heavy cream. The mix of cheeses kicks the flavor up, I poured over penne and sliced up Buffalo chicken tenders to put on top and garnished with green onion and tomato- absolutely perfect

  2. 5 stars
    It may not be traditional, but, I always add a little white wine or even white cooking wine to my Alfredo and it makes it all that much better! My whole family LOVES IT!!! I’m making it tonight, again!

  3. 5 stars
    Used this recipe for homemade Alfredo Sauce yesterday. The only ingredient, I did not use was the Italian seasoning. It turned out very nice and tasty. Yes, I am not a fan of garlic, but added it anyways (only 1 1/2 tsp) since my wife likes garlic. Added some dried dill flakes to the finished sauce. Had noodles and shrimp at home and added the sauce on top of the noodles and shrimp in a bowl vs plate and folded the sauce into the noodles. First time doing Alfredo Sauce at home and it tasted very much like Olive Garden’s menu item.

  4. 5 stars
    Made it for home made pizza night. Not only did we sauce the pizza with it, we dipped the breadsticks and crust with the sauce as well. Not an ounce was left and we wanted more. Best ever alfredo sauce. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    This was the easiest and best Alfredo recipe I’ve made! I sautéed onions and garlic first in the butter then added the other ingredients. I also used half the amount of butter and it still turned out great! This is definitely my new go-to Alfredo recipe!