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Homemade Alfredo Sauce

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A good homemade alfredo sauce is a staple Italian recipe everyone should have in their kitchen arsenal! Today I’m sharing a quick, easy fail-safe recipe for alfredo sauce with cream cheese. Its rich creamy texture is super scrumptious!

Homemade Alfredo Sauce with fettuccini noodles

ABOUT HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE

The best homemade alfredo sauce is  creamy, rich, savory and memorable. It’s often enjoyed with artisan egg noodles, specifically in the popular dish fettuccini alfredo. For a quick, interesting read on its origin, see this article by the HuffPost.

Ingredients for homemade alfredo sauce

INGREDIENTS FOR ALFREDO SAUCE WITH CREAM CHEESE

These are the ingredients for making homemade alfredo:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Fresh garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Optional Garnish: Freshly-shaved Parmesan
  • Recommended: Fettuccini noodles

Making homemade alfredo sauce recipe with cream cheese on the stovetop

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE

Here’s how to make homemade alfredo sauce, step by step:

  • Multi-task: Get ready to cook the pasta by boiling heavily-salted water in a large pot.
  • On a different burner, over medium heat: add butter, heavy cream and cream cheese to a wide saucepan.
  • Lightly whisk until butter has completely melted. Adjust the heat to medium/low.
  • Continue to whisk as the cream cheese melts.

Whisking homemade alfredo sauce on the stovetop

BEST ALFREDO SAUCE

When your sauce is whisked together it will look like the image above. At this point, you’re halfway done making homemade alfredo sauce! But remember, you’re also getting ready to prepare fettuccini noodles to enjoy with your Italian cream sauce.

  • Continue multi-tasking: keep an eye on the water in your pasta pot.
  • When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook it al dente.

Adding spices to homemade alfredo sauce

BEST ALFREDO SAUCE RECIPE

What makes this the best alfredo sauce recipe? Not only is it scrumptious, it comes together quickly and easily! Perfect for the home cook with a busy lifestyle.

  • As the fettuccini is boiling in its pot, we’ll return our focus to the skillet with the cream cheese alfredo.
  • Add in the garlic, salt and pepper.

Whisking homemade alfredo on the stovetop

  • Whisk again until combined.

Adding cheese to homemade alfredo on the stovetop

  • Add the Parmesan cheese and Romano cheese.
  • Whisk until the cheeses are fully incorporated into the mixture.

Homemade alfredo sauce ready to be garnished

  • Look at how creamy and delicious this looks!

 

EASY HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE

And now the final steps for making homemade alfredo sauce:

  • Add the chopped parsley
  • Lightly whisk again.

Close-up look at homemade alfredo

CREAM CHEESE ALFREDO

  1. Your homemade alfredo sauce is done!
  2. After the pasta is boiled al dente, drain the noodles very well. Unwanted drips of pasta water can easily ruin your delicious homemade alfredo sauce!
  3. With tongs, transfer noodles on top of alfredo in the saucepan.

Homemade alfredo sauce mixed with fettuccini noodles

DINNER IS SERVED: HOMEMADE ALFREDO

  1. Gently mix noodles and sauce together.
  2. Garnish with a sprinkling of chopped parsely and freshly-shaved Parmesan.
  3. Your fettuccini alfredo is ready to be served!

A bowl of fettuccini alfredo

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE CREAM CHEESE ALFREDO?

It takes only 15 minutes to make cream cheese alfredo with fettuccini noodles!

CAN HOMEMADE ALFREDO BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

  • Homemade alfredo can be made a day in advance and refrigerated.
  • Rewarm on the stovetop.
  • This quick easy meal is perfect for potlucks and large family gatherings.

WHAT NOODLES DO YOU USE FOR ALFREDO?

  • Fettuccini
  • Penne
  • Any wide egg noodles

An individual serving of fettuccini alfredo

MORE WAYS TO USE HOMEMADE ALFREDO SAUCE

In addition to noodles, there are more ways to enjoy your homemade alfredo sauce:

  • Add chicken to fettuccini alfredo
  • In casseroles, swap out cheese or sour cream for alfredo sauce
  • Enjoy steamed broccoli with alfredo
  • Mix sauteed mushrooms in with the alfredo sauce
  • Try alfredo sauce as a pizza sauce beneath veggies and meats
  • Use alfredo sauce as a dip for bread, pretzels, veggies and crackers
  • In meatballs, replace half the tomato sauce with alfredo sauce
  • Drizzle alfredo sauce and capers over fish
  • Upgrade scalloped potatoes with homemade alfredo sauce.
  • Make lasagna with alfredo sauce

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KITCHEN TOOLS FOR CREAM CHEESE ALFREDO

These are the recommended kitchen tools for making cream cheese alfredo with fettuccini noodles.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Homemade Alfredo Sauce


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This homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese is absolutely delicious! Delivering the perfect consistency, it’s creamy, rich and delightfully comforting. If you’ve been searching for the best alfredo sauce recipe, this is it!


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Ingredients

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, pressed or finely diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Optional garnishes: chopped parsley, shaved Parmesan cheese, freshly-ground black pepper
  • Suggested pasta: one 12-ounce package of fettuccini noodles

Instructions

  1. In a medium or large saucepan, whisk together the butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese over medium heat.
  2. Once the sauce is smooth and thick, add in the garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add in the two types of cheeses: Parmesan and Reggio. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  4. Add in one tablespoon of chopped parsley. Lightly whisk again.
  5. Your homemade alfredo sauce is ready to enjoy with your favorite pasta. Garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

This homemade alfredo sauce recipe is enough to cover one 12-ounce package of fettuccine noodles.

  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Potluck
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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34 thoughts on “Homemade Alfredo Sauce”

  1. Alfredo is one of my absolute favorite pasta sauces! I totally need to use your recipe to try making my own!

  2. I think this is almost the same as Spaghetti Carbonara as what we are used to eat here. I’ll be honest that yours look so much creamier and I like that it has a lot of cheese in it.

  3. I make an alfredo sauce here as well but it’s a much simpler recipe with just butter, cream, Parmesan and pepper but I also have picky kids that don’t like the stronger Romano and Reggiano cheeses. I love this recipe though

  4. This homemade alfredo sauce looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to add this to my meal plan for next week. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  5. Whenever I have a craving for alfredo I never have the time to make it from scratch, but I also didn’t realize how easy it was. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I miss eating a good Alfredo Sauce, since moving back to Germany. Can’t find it anywhere here..
    So this recipe is perfect! It looks so creamy and delicious- yum!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    XO, Vanessa

  7. I am pinning this because this is my husband’s favorite meal… And if he one day came home to me making this for him, I think he would die from shock and happiness!

  8. We love pasta alfredo! We usually top it with shrimp or chicken. We’ve never tried making our own sauce though so I’m super excited about this. Looks so delicious and creamy and cheesy!

  9. Thank you for sharing this. No pasta sauce gets as legit as anything made in Italy! That’s my favorite country for everything food. Your photos are gorgeous, too. a

  10. thanks for this wonderful recipe! coming from asia, most food are made home and since moving to north america, i noticed a lot of grocery selling prepared bottle sauces. im not sure if they are healthy! i think homemade is always better and it is fast too!

  11. I’m Italian and still have never made homemade Alfredo sauce. I should be ashamed of myself. This blog post is a reminder to me that I need to give this a try. Looks delicious. Also love the recipe box featured on your shop links.

  12. This is interesting because I just came back from Rome, and we couldn’t find Alfredo sauce anywhere. We were told that Alfredo is American not Italian, wonder if that’s true. Regardless to where it comes from, I LOVE a creamy Alfredo sauce. Best thing ever!

    • Good Morning Diane! In the US we call this delicious white pasta sauce over fettuccini noodles Fettuccini Alfredo. In Italy these you won’t find it listed on their menus under “Fettuccini Alfredo”, they use other names: fettuccine al burro, fettuccine burro e parmigiano, or pasta in bianco. Either way, it’s incredibly delicious! :-)

  13. I’ve pinned this for reference later. It looks so creamy and delicious and sounds simple to make. Will surely be trying this out.

  14. You know what? I have lived in Italy for a year and not so far away from the border for 3 and still… I have never have pasta alfredo…. shame on me! This recipe sounds so easy and wonderful! And look at that sauce! Delicious!

    • Hi Corrine & Kirsty! How awesome that you live near the border to Italy. On Italian menus Fettuccini Alfredo goes by different names: fettuccine al burro, fettuccine burro e parmigiano, or pasta in bianco. Thanks so much for stopping by for this homemade alfredo recipe. Have a wonderful day! :-)

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