Alfredo Sauce is a fast and easy creamy sauce made with a simple combination of heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese, butter, flour and garlic. This recipe for Homemade Alfredo Sauce is my family’s absolute favorite. Alfredo Sauce is a classic creamy pasta sauce that only takes about 15 minutes to make and features lots of Parmesan cheese.
The best sauce for any of your favorite pasta, Chicken Alfredo, Shrimp Alfredo, poured over broccoli, to dip breadsticks, and many other dishes.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce:
This is my family’s absolute favorite sauce to have with pasta, chicken, shrimp, and vegetables. (I’ve even make some Alfredo for a quick lunch to dip some bread stick into.) Like many other classic sauces, you can use Alfredo sauce with so many different dishes so the whole jar of sauce can last through several different dinners.
After many disappointing tastings of jarred sauces, I had to come up with my own recipe that my family will actually enjoy. My Alfredo Sauce has taken me years to perfect. I’ve tried a few different variation and this one is the best by far. I like using fresh grated Parmesan cheese and dry Parmesan. The combination of the two makes perfect texture and flavor.
Among all the classic sauces, Alfredo is my favorite one because it’s so creamy, cheesy, and comforting. It’s perfect with chicken, seafood, vegetable or to dip some bread sticks in it. Yes, this sauce can even be served as an appetizer or a dip!
“I just couldn’t wait to make this and taste it. I used all fresh grated cheese I had previously grated on a microplane. And I halved recipe only because I only needed 1 cup for the tortellini. It tastes awesome and amazing. I never knew how quick and easy it is to make this sauce. And I had all the ingredients at the ready. I won’t be using the jarred sauce anymore.” ~ Elizabeth
“This is my go to Alfredo sauce! Thanks for the recipe!” ~Josh
“So darn delicious and super EASY!!” ~ Lesli
Ingredients You Need To Make Alfredo Sauce:
Heavy whipping cream – for the rich and creamy Alfredo, it’s best to use heavy whipping cream.
Butter – use unsalted butter and add salt to the sauce according to your preference.
Sour cream – the small amount will add some flavor balance to the cream with it’s tartness.
Flour – just a little bit to thicken the sauce.
Garlic – there is just one clove but it will give a very pleasant flavor to the sauce without overpowering it.
Parmesan cheese – a combination of fresh grated and pre-grated is perfect for the flavors and the texture because fresh grated Parmesan cheese melts better but pre-grated Parmesan that you can buy does not.
Use salt and pepper to taste.
How To Make It:
This sauce is a very easy sauce to make and will only take about 15 minutes and you can make it while pasta and meats are cooking. It’s always best to prepare and measure your ingredients ahead of time, especially in a fast recipe like this one.
Use a medium sauce pot to prepare the Alfredo Sauce. Melt butter over medium heat and once butter is melted, add pressed garlic. Cook garlic until it’s fragrant and sprinkle flour over it. Stir and then slowly pour in heavy whipping cream.
Gently stir the mixture together and let it heat through. (Don’t let it boil!) Once heavy cream is hot, whisk in sour cream, Parmesan cheeses, salt, and pepper. Lower heat to medium-low and gently stir until grated cheese starts to melt.
Keep cooking over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Once sauce is ready mix it with cooked pasta.
Gluten Free Notes:
This Alfredo Sauce recipe is not gluten free BUT it is easily make gluten free by using gluten free all purpose flour. There is not much flour that goes into the sauce because the sauce gets most of its thick texture from Parmesan cheese and sour cream. The combination of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some dry Parmesan cheese thickens the sauce nicely where only a small amount of flour is needed.
Store Alfredo sauce in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
I don’t really recommend reheating Alfredo Sauce in a microwave because it separates easily if it is overheated. The key to reheating Alfredo sauce is low and slow.
If you wish to try and reheat it in a microwave, use lower power setting and heat it up for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.
The better way to reheat it though is in a small sauce pot, over medium-low heat. Let it warm up slowly, while stirring often.
One more way to reheat the sauce is to mix cold sauce with hot, freshly cooked pasta. As soon as you drain the boiling water off pasta, add it back to the empty pot and add cold sauce. Mix it together and let hot pasta heat up the sauce.
Fettuccine Alfredo is one the the most classic and well loved pasta recipes out there! It’s incredibly comforting, rich, creamy and delicious, not to mention the loads of parmesan cheese.
This is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make using this Alfredo sauce recipe. You can cook the pasta while preparing the sauce, drain off pasta water, and mix it with the sauce. Or, prepare the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate it. When you’re heady to make the pasta, cook it according to the package instructions, drain, and stir the sauce into the freshly made, still hot fettuccine.
Feel free to add some extra parmesan cheese on top of Fettuccine Alfredo!
Classic Italian Sauce Recipes To Try:
Bolognese Sauce – meat based Italian sauce made with vegetables, wine, milk, and a combination beef and pork.
Spaghetti Sauce – Spaghetti sauce, also known as marinara sauce, is a perfect tomato sauce for many classic Italian dinners.
Vodka Sauce – Vodka sauce is a smooth, creamy tomato sauce that is cooked with a hefty addition of vodka to enhance the flavors and aroma.
Pomodoro Sauce – light and fresh tomato-based sauce made with only 5 main ingredients and a couple simple seasonings.
Classic Alfredo Sauce
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 large clove of garlic pressed
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour (can substitute gluten free flour)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup dry Parmesan cheese
- Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add pressed garlic and saute until fragrant (just a few seconds).
- Sprinkle flour over it, start whisking, and slowly add heavy whipping cream WHILE whisking constantly. (I suggest using a silicone covered whisk so it doesn't scratch the pot). Heat through over medium heat as you slowly stir.
- Whisk in sour cream, Parmesan cheeses, salt, and pepper. Lower heat to medium-low.
- Keep cooking on medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes, stirring often. (Do not let it boil.) Take off heat.
- This is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make using this Alfredo sauce recipe. You can cook the pasta while preparing the sauce, drain off pasta water, and mix it with the desired amount of sauce.
- Or, prepare the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate it. When you're ready to make the pasta, cook it according to the package instructions, drain, and stir the sauce into the freshly made, still hot fettuccine. (No need to heat up the sauce because the hot pasta in a still hot pot will warm it up nicely.)Feel free to add some extra parmesan cheese on top of Fettuccine Alfredo!
Originally published on Will Cook For Smiles on February 3, 2014.
You can your sauce will just be thinner.
Could I omit the sour cream?
Lesli Holt says
So darn delicious and super EASY!!
Thank you, Lesli! I am so glad you liked it!
Just found your alfredo sauce recipe. I was wondering can we double or triple this recipe? My family are big pasta eaters so I need tio make sure have enough….love all you recipes. Never disappointed.
Sure, you can double or triple it by using 2 or 3x as much as the recipe calls for and cooking it the same way. I hope you enjoy it!
Sharon S says
Do you have to use heavy cream? Has any one tried it with 1/2 & 1/2 or whole milk? Heart condition in the family
Hi! I don’t have any fresh Parmesan. Is it possible to just use a full cup of dry Parmesan for this recipe?
I do not recommend it because dry parm does not melt as well or have the same smoothness so it’s really best to get a block and grate it.
Really good. Great recipe! Made a super small change. My family likes a little heat added. crushed red pepper flake. I have never used sour cream in Alfredo Sauce. Really glad I found your recipe.
Thank you, Kathy! I am so glad you like it!
This is my go to Alfredo sauce! Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for letting me know, I am so glad you liked it!