Creamy, Simple Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Looking for a delicious comfort meal for fall? Here’s a very simple Alfredo Sauce recipe that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

Simple Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Simple Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Now that we are back to doing school again, quick weeknight meals are my favorite things. I am happy that the days and nights are getting cooler though because I feel like that gives me more flexibility with my recipes since we are into the comforting and hearty meals again!

Now, I’ll be honest, my family is mostly dairy free because of an allergy and intolerances but I wanted to share this dish anyway since it was something we used to love. I used to make this recipe all the time when I was growing up and in the early years of our marriage (before we knew about the allergies!). And just because I can’t have it doesn’t mean you need to suffer too. 😉

Why Homemade Alfredo Sauce?

This is the best easy Alfredo Sauce because it’s made from scratch If you’ve been buying it from a jar, it’s more than time to try this recipe! I’ve seen many recipes online that use heavy cream in them but my recipe uses cream cheese instead. Something about that tangy cheese gives it the perfect taste that I’ve been looking for and the flavors that can’t be beat! Plus when you use the cream cheese you don’t need any cornstarch, flour, or gluten products to thicken it up.

This is such a simple recipe and only uses basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Serve it with a side of Old Fashioned Green Beans and some Garlic Bread for a full meal! Grab the full recipe, nutrition, and instructions below.

Making ALfredo SAuce

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Simple Alfredo Sauce Recipe

A quick weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword alfredo sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoon Salted butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 block Cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Parsley

Instructions

  1. Put together all of your ingredients on the counter. This sauce comes together pretty quickly so you will want to have everything ready.

  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter with garlic and garlic powder. Cook just until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  3. Pour in milk and whisk together with the garlic. Bring to a low simmer and add in the cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir well until no lumps remain and the mixture begins to bubble again.

  4. Add chopped parsley (optional) and the salt. Stir until combined and then serve over warm pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Alfredo Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 899mg39%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 893IU18%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 340mg34%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alfredo Sauce over pasta

This recipe is so thick and so indulgent! If you don’t care for it to be so thick, you can always add a little more milk to thin it down. You can also add in a bit of pepper when you add in the salt if you prefer that as well.

You could also add cooked chicken or shrimp on top of your pasta to make this a more rounded meal.

Serve this sauce over your favorite spaghetti pasta or you can use gluten free pasta  for a gluten free version. Or you could even use even zucchini noodles for a low carb meal.

This makes a fairly large batch (good for a family of 4 or 5) but if you have leftovers you can store it in the fridge for later.

What is a classic Alfredo Sauce made from?

A classic Alfredo sauce recipe is made with heavy cream and milk and sometimes a flour roux. This recipe skips some of those ingredients and takes a shortcut with adding in the cream cheese for that thick, creamy texture instead.

How do you fix a bland Alfredo Sauce?

A little salt and pepper will go a long ways with a bland Alfredo sauce. Although if you make this recipe, bland taste shouldn’t be a problem! The parmesan cheese adds a great depth of flavor. You could try an asiago or a romano cheese in place of the parmesan for different flavor profiles.

What can you add to Alfredo?

I like to add in a little fresh or dried parsley for a bit of extra flavor. As I mentioned above, you could also add in a protein such as cooked, diced chicken to beef up the meal a bit.

Looking for some more delicious weeknight meal recipes besides this homemade alfredo sauce? Here are some of our favorites!

What do you like to make for supper on busy weeknights?

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I will (for sure) make this easy Alfredo Sauce recipe. Thanks so much for sharing ALL of your easy recipes. It is so nice to share these recipes with the daughter-in-laws in our life. They just might try them if they are easy.
    Darlene….

  2. 5 stars
    We love alfredo sauce and I’ve been buying the one that comes in a jar kind. This recipe is easy enough with less processed additive so will definitely try it. Thanks for always posting easy but very tasty recipes.

  3. Please don’t throw tomatoes, but… can you use Parmesan cheese with the green top instead of fresh?
    I’m trying to make some homemade jarred sauces from scratch instead of buying them, but I need things that are shelf stable so I can keep them on hand.
    Would Parmesan cheese in the plastic container totally ruin this?
    Thank you!
    Lauren

      1. 4 stars
        The green can parm does work flavor wise, but it leaves the sauce with a grainy texture… not smooth and luxurious.. still tastes good though. Just make sure you taste before adding any salt or salt-based seasonings.

  4. Hi Merissa, thank you for this recipe.
    I was wondering if any left overs can go in the freezer & if yes how long for ?
    Leonie.

  5. When you say grated, referring to the Parmesan, do mean shredded fresh from a block or grated like you shake on spaghetti or pizza?