Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe


alfredo sauce

Our entire family loves this sauce as it really is the best home recipe I've found for alfredo. Since I don't eat pasta, I have this on chicken & vegetables (or even no carb shirataki noodles) for a keto-friendly low carb meal, while my family does pasta or rice even. It makes even the plainest chicken or fish seem special! And I always seem to have all of the ingredients on hand, so it's easy to whip up quickly.

Tips for making Alfredo Sauce

  •  Use quality ingredients and high fat cream (the 40% fat cream is the best!) for this recipe.
  • This recipe is funny because it's easy for weeknights but also fancy enough for company.
  • Try grinding an actual nutmeg for this recipe – you'll never want to go out for alfredo again!
  • This recipe can be doubled easily
  • Save the leftovers, even a Tablespoon of this sauce can be great the next day, although some separation could occur.

Alfredo Sauce


Serves 4


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 Tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese (not from a can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet saute garlic in the butter for one minute only. Pour in the heavy cream and stir.
  2. Sprinkle parmesan cheese in one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly.
  3. Add nutmeg, stir frequently to make sure the sauce doesn't boil. It will take 10-15 minutes to thicken.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

Photo courtesy of RobynAnderson on Flickr.

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1 Emily August 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

No comments? MADNESS! This was my first time making alfredo and while I’m sure most recipes are similar, this turned out delicious! And I second the call for fresh nutmeg, it really changes the game. Don’t worry if you don’t have a special nutmeg grater/grinder, I just used the smallest side of a normal grater and had no trouble.

The only questionable part of this recipe is the serving size IMO. For me it didn’t matter because I halved the recipe (to make apparently two serves) and I was only serving myself, but it wouldn’t have done me twice. If you like a creamy pasta and/or you eat more than a small amount of pasta in a sitting, I don’t feel you’d get 4 serves out of this. You can just make a 1.5 or double batch though, the numbers scale easily.


2 Julia February 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

Great idea! Making your own Alfredo sauce can add a creative, homemade flair to your dinnertime dish. Make it a family event to add some more flavorful fun.


3 Kaiser July 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

Have you ever tried freezing this? Just want to know if it works…I have made alfredo several times but never frozen it. Thanks!


4 Joy October 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

This sauce worked great as a white sauce topping on the Cauliflower Pizza. Wonderful!!!


5 Carol November 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

Do you think if I put ingredients in slow cooker they will cook with chicken? Making chicken with artichokes in slow cooker. Cookin for 7-8 hrs.


6 Jackie H. December 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This sauce was super good on zucchini pasta 🙂 we added some chopped bacon to get that extra bit of flavor and crunch!


7 Asia March 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

This is the best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever made. I could (and have) just eat it with a spoon. It’s especially delicious to dip steak in.


8 Asia March 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Do you have a ranch dressing recipe? I wish I could figure out a way to make ranch with heavy cream.


9 Amy April 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

Thank you for this recipe! Made it last night and poured it over zucchini noodles (used a spiralizer) and portobello mushroom caps. Easy to make (you’re right, just don’t let it boil) and super delicious. I never knew that nutmeg is the secret ingredient in alfredo sauce. Yum!


10 Chiqui January 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

This was delicious! I ate the entire sauce with my zoodles in one sitting. Do I feel guilty? Not at all! It’s my intermittent fasting day so perfect!


11 Shirley February 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Going to try this for chicken breasts…


12 Chae March 15, 2017 at 5:58 pm

What is the calorie breakdown of this?


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