How To Make Alfredo Sauce From Scratch

Easy Pasta With Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Easy Creamy Homemade Pasta Alfredo Recipe

Pasta with alfredo sauce is a very easy vegetarian main dish.  Making your own alfredo sauce from scratch is very easy.  My alfredo sauce recipe uses only 4 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make.  Once you try this easy alfredo sauce recipe, you will never want to use the alfredo sauce from the can.

This easy Alfredo sauce recipe makes enough Alfredo sauce for 1 pound of pasta.  This quantity of the sauce will coat the pasta, but it will not be swimming in the sauce.  So if you like more Alfredo sauce for your pasta, just double the recipe.

You can cook the pasta at the same time while making your Alfredo sauce.  Before making the Alfredo sauce, bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta.  Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water, and make the Alfredo sauce while the pasta is cooking.   Your pasta and Alfredo sauce will finish cooking at about the same time!  Drain the pasta and mix with Alfredo sauce, and you’ll have a delicious hot dinner – in less than 20 minutes from start to finish!

This Alfredo sauce uses Parmesan cheese – you need freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese.  Do not use the powdered Parmesan cheese from the can – it has grainy texture.  If you don’t have freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, you can substitute it with Gruyere cheese or shredded Mozzarella cheese.

Pasta with Alfredo sauce is the ultimate weeknight meal – just 5 ingredients (including the pasta), all the ingredients are found in any grocery store and it takes under 20 minutes to prepare!  This recipe is simply perfect for those busy weeknights.

Easy Pasta With Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe
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Once you taste the homemade Alfredo sauce, you'll never want to go back to the canned version! This pasta with Alfredo sauce is so creamy and delicious - the ultimate comfort food!
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese (freshly grated or shredded, not powdered)
  • 1 lb pasta
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, make the Alfredo sauce.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Once it starts simmering, reduce heat to low to keep at a gentle simmer - do not let it boil.
  4. Add minced garlic and Parmesan cheese and whisk until cheese melts (for about 2 minutes).
  5. Pour the Alfredo sauce over cooked and drained pasta, and toss to combine.

Enjoy your pasta with easy alfredo sauce!  If you’d like a lighter version of Alfredo sauce, you can substitute heavy cream with half and half.  If you like pasta, also check out my easy meat lasagna recipe – yum!

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5 replies
  1. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    Can’t wait to try this as soon as I do, I’ll let you know what I think. It does sound great. So happy I found you. Pat

  2. Sally Ziouz
    Sally Ziouz says:


    I wanted to thank you for your great recipes. My husband is Russian and through your wonderful and accurate recipes, I have been able to create food that he remembers from his childhood. Your recipes are simple and easy to follow and this all results in keeping my husband, and myself, very happy. Thank you very much for being there!


  3. Austyn
    Austyn says:

    I would just like to comment on your opening sentence.
    “Pasta with alfredo sauce is a very easy vegetarian main dish.”
    Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian. To be classified as “parmesan” it needs to be made the traditional way using calf rennet. I am pleased that you have included some other cheeses that will work well with the sauce. It has been hard for me to search for vegetarian recipes because people are always trying to throw parmesan in somehow!


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