Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipes

Fettuccine Alfredo on a blue and white plate.
Alfredo sauce is a favorite non tomato based sauce for pasta. It's rich creamy texture and flavor make it a excellent Italian style sauce when served alone or with additions such as chicken, seafood, or vegetables. This page contains recipes for homemade Alfredo sauce.

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Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 158 Feedbacks
September 20, 2015

When I want some comfort food, this fits the bill. I've tried lots of alfredo sauces and was never quite happy with them. One day, I didn't have enough cream and used some milk. It turned out so delicious (and cheaper). My husband said it was the best fettuccine alfredo he had ever eaten. It's even good the next day. Most alfredo sauces break down and turn into a butter sauce when you reheat them, but this stays creamy. What a happy accident!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Quite a bit!

Source: Just an accident, based on another recipe I was trying!


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb pasta or gnocchi
  • cooked meat (if adding)


  1. Place butter, milk, cream and garlic in large saucepan. Over medium-low heat start heating up mixture, stirring frequently.
  2. milk & butter in pan

  3. Once sauce simmers, reduce heat to low and continue stirring constantly.
  4. sauce in pan
  5. The sauce will thicken. It takes about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.
  6. Remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese.
  7. Parmesan cheese
  8. Carefully taste the sauce to determine how much salt you need. Since Parmesan is very salty, you won't need much. I used a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. (I also added a little bit of dried parsley to make it feel healthier!) Stir sauce.
  9. parsley added to sauce

  10. If you are serving over pasta, cook your pasta according to the package directions. I used a pound of fettuccine and it was the perfect amount of sauce for the pasta.
  11. Add your sauce to your cooked and drained noodles. Add your cooked meat, if using. The mixture will seem soupy. Let pasta and sauce sit for 5-8 minutes. It will thicken up considerably in that time.
  12. shrimp in sauce
  13. Serve with a little more Parmesan on top.
  14. finished dish
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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
October 29, 2010

One of my most favorite pasta dishes! Be sure to serve with crusty bread smothered with unsalted butter and a vinaigrette dressed salad!


Silver Post Medal for All Time! 306 Posts
January 11, 2010

Simple and delicious. Melt butter, add cream and cheese, simmer to reduce.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
April 9, 2007

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds.



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March 4, 2010

Here's a tip that can help you reduce your sugar and fat intake and save you a little money. If you buy a jar of Alfredo sauce, try cutting it with an equal amount of chicken broth.


October 11, 2011

This is my "poor man's" version of Alfredo sauce when I don't have heavy cream.



Saute minced garlic in the butter till fragrant but not browned. Stir in milk and water and bring to low simmer.


Undercook the pasta in salted water. Drain without rinsing, add it to the white sauce and simmer until the pasta is al dente. The starch from the pasta will help thicken the sauce.

Finally, remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. The cheese will do the final thickening.

Add sauteed chicken, blanched broccoli, or asparagus, or even peas and chopped ham, or even bacon for a fake "carbonara."

A tasty garlicky "Alfredo" sauce without heavy cream.

By Matt B. from Kansas City, MO

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