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This simple Alfredo Sauce recipe is rich, creamy and so easy to make. Made with butter, heavy cream, garlic and parmesan. Perfect for pairing with your favorite pasta or use it as a delicious dipping sauce for breadsticks or even a warm stromboli.

Big pan with creamy alfredo sauce

Homemade Alfredo Sauce is about to become a go to sauce in your kitchen. It is so simple to put together and can be used in so many delicious ways, like in this Asiago Chicken Alfredo. So whether you are a busy family that needs to get dinner done and on the table quick or you just want to make a recipe for yourself or something to impress a date, this Alfredo sauce can do it all!

The flavors in this Alfredo Recipe are buttery, garlicky and absolutely delicious. I can’t wait for you to make this recipe for the whole fam and make it a regular on your weekly menu.

fettucinne noodles in alfredo sauce in a big skillet with some on a small white plate

Easy Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

This easy Alfredo sauce recipe only takes 5 simple ingredients that can always be found at your local supermarket. All you need to make this Fettuccine Alfredo sauce is:

  • butter– adds a rich creaminess to this recipe, the flavor of butter is hard to resist and is an essential component to Alfredo sauce
  • garlic– a must in Alfredo sauce, it is a huge flavor profile here
  • heavy cream– think creamy, rich and delicious
  • parmesan– this sharp cheese adds the best flavor to this sauce. I like to grate my own cheese from a wedge of parmesan. I suggest not using the powder kind of parmesan that comes in a shaker.
  • salt and pepper
  • ground nutmeg– this is optional, so add as you desire, it will always be in my Alfredo sauce

⭐️ Full ingredient measurements and recipe instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

melted butter with garlic in a large skillet

How to make Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is so easy to make and can be ready in just a few minutes, probably even before the pasta is done cooking. Let’s walk through the simple steps with some tips on how to make this easy pasta sauce recipe.

Step 1: start with a large skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add in the butter and allow to melt. Make sure your burner is not too hot, you don’t want the butter to brown.

Step 2: add in the minced garlic. I like to use fresh garlic cloves and mince them in my garlic press, makes it quick and easy. Cook and stir the garlic constantly for about 30 seconds.

simmering alfredo sauce in a large skillet

Step 3: pour the cream into the pan with the butter and garlic, season with salt, black pepper and nutmeg (if using). Turn the heat down to medium low and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Continue to simmer and stir the sauce, scrapping down the sides as you stir, until it thickens.

creamy alfredo sauce in a large skillet

Step 4: remove the sauce from the heat and add in the parmesan cheese. Stir until it is melted and well incorporated into the Alfredo sauce.

fettucine noodles covered in alfredo sauce and parsley in a large skillet

Step 5: add pasta to the sauce and toss with the sauce to coat. If your sauce is too thin add small amounts of pasta water reserved from cooking the pasta into the pan with the pasta and stir until it reaches your desired consistency.

What to do with Leftovers

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

How to Reheat Alfredo Sauce

Cream sauces like this Alfredo sauce can be really tricky to reheat. If they get too hot too quick the cream will break and you will be left with a greasy mess. Try these tricks to reheat your Alfredo easily.

  • on the stovetop, place it in a pan over low heat and stir continually until heated through
  • in the microwave, turn the power on your microwave down to 50% and heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between.
  • in the oven, place into a shallow baking dish and cover with foil, heat at 300º F for 10-12 minutes, give it a good stir before serving.
fettucine noodles covered in alfredo sauce in a pile on a white plate

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Alfredo Sauce Recipe

This simple Alfredo Sauce recipe is rich, creamy and so easy to make. Made with butter, heavy cream, garlic and parmesan.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: 30 Minute Meal, Comfort Food, Dinner, Pasta
Keyword: Alfredo Sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 228kcal


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • pinch ground nutmeg optional


  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add butter.
  • Melt butter and add in the garlic. Cook and stir for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Pour in the heavy cream, salt, black pepper and nutmeg, turn the heat down to medium low and bring the sauce up to a simmer. Continue to simmer the sauce, stirring continually, being sure to scrape down the sides as you stir, until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese until it is melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.


  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate
  • mix pasta with sauce before serving


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 881IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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