Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Cream Cheese

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  • Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce – Smooth, creamy and the perfect texture and flavor! Simple to whip up and always a family favorite. This is the best alfredo sauce!

    My family loves pasta and constantly requests pasta recipes. This homemade alfredo is one of our favorites, as well one pot caprese pasta, instant pot spaghetti and homemade bolognese.

    homemade alfredo sauce

    Homemade alfredo sauce

    I don’t know about you, but alfredo is my weakness. Whenever we go out for Italian, it’s usually what I always end up ordering. Especially this pregnancy. Olive garden breadsticks with a big bowl of alfredo for dipping please. Bring on all the carbs! ;)  Luckily I can make the alfredo sauce easily at home whenever the craving strikes.

    This homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese is such an easy recipe to make. It comes together very quickly and is always a hit with everyone who has tried it. The cream cheese just adds a smooth richness to the homemade alfredo… you can’t taste it, promise.

    I found this homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese recipe in The Food Nanny cookbook and have been making it ever since. I have tweaked it a little over the years, but it’s always my go-to easy alfredo sauce. It is SO easy to make and so yummy!

    The best homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese

    What’s in alfredo sauce?

    This homemade alfredo sauce uses the key basic ingredients such as butter, heavy cream, garlic and parmesan cheese (freshly grated is best). Plus a few seasonings to kick up the flavor. The key to making this cream cheese alfredo is to have patience when whisking…the alfredo sauce will thicken and smooth out as it cooks. Also, make sure not to use too high of heat. I find that medium-low heat if perfect. You don’t want to burn or curdle the cream.

    How to make alfredo sauce

    This easy alfredo sauce comes together in a matter of minutes and is so delicious! Just follow the simple steps below to get started. Scroll down for the printable homemade alfredo sauce recipe.

    1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
    2. Add the cream cheese and then whisk in the cream and garlic powder. Season with Italian seasoning if desired.
    3. Increase to medium low heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
    4. Stir in parmesan cheese and allow to melt. Taste and salt and pepper as needed. Toss with hot fettuccine and serve immediately.

    My favorite easy homemade alfredo sauce - smooth, creamy and the perfect texture and flavor!

    What can I use instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?

    Instead of using heavy cream to make this homemade alfredo sauce, you could substitute half and half. For a skinny version of homemade alfredo, you could use milk and light cream cheese. Just add 1-2 teaspoons of flour to thicken.

    How do you make Alfredo sauce thicker?

    One of the main keys to getting the perfect, thick homemade alfredo sauce is to make sure to simmer (this requires some patience!) and whisk often. The alfredo will thicken as it cooks. You also want to make sure you use the correct amounts of cheese and cream (or substitute of choice). If using milk instead of cream, add a couple of teaspoons of flour to help thicken it up.

    Easy homemade alfredo sauce -the best!!

    Favorite ways to use easy alfredo sauce

    Pasta: To make the classic homemade alfredo, serve mixed with fettuccine. Feel free to use noodle of choice.

    Pizza: Try making an alfredo pizza. Use in place of pizza sauce and top with mozzarella and chicken. I like to make my own homemade pizza dough too.

    Dipping: I love to dip breadsticks or french bread in the homemade alfredo sauce. It’s such a great combo and is seriously addicting!

    Casserole: This easy alfredo sauce makes such a delicious base for a casserole. We like bake a chicken alfredo casserole in the oven or sometimes make a penne or bowtie pasta bake with homemade alfredo, chicken and broccoli.

    Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Cream Cheese

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: homemade alfredo sauce
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 804
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce - Smooth, creamy and the perfect texture and flavor! Simple to whip up and always a family favorite. This is the best alfredo sauce! 

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup salted butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 3 ounces cream cheese
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (1 pint, could use half and half)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)
    • salt and pepper (to taste)
    • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 pound fettuccine

    Optional: Grilled chicken, steamed broccoli

      Instructions

      • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. 
      • Add in the cream cheese. Next whisk in the cream and garlic powder. Season with Italian seasoning if desired.
      • Increase the heat to medium low heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
      • Stir in parmesan cheese and allow to melt. Taste and salt and pepper as needed. Toss with hot fettuccine and serve immediately.

      Notes

      Note: Feel free to add in cooked chicken after the sauce comes together. 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 804kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 39.7% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 23.5% | Iron: 9.1%
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