Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Heavy Cream

If you’re looking for a rich and creamy homemade alfredo sauce, this is the recipe for you! This dish is packed with garlic parmesan flavor and is so stinking’ easy to make. 

This blog post is about how to make the best homemade alfredo sauce.

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This homemade Alfredo sauce is the best of the best! It’s rich, creamy, and packed with garlicky parmesan flavor. Plus, it’s easy to make and pairs exceptionally with your favorite pasta dishes. So why not ditch the jarred stuff and give this recipe a try? You’ll be glad you did and whomever tastes this sauce will surely be impressed.

Homemade alfredo sauce is one of the most popular sauces to pair with pasta! For years, it’s been the only sauce I crave when I dine at Italian restaurants. Now that I know how to make my own at home – I make it all the time.

No joke, this recipe is on the back of my pantry door. It’s also super easy with only taking 5-10 minutes total and you can add so many ‘extras’ into this sauce making it completely customized for your taste.

This recipe makes approximately two cups of alfredo sauce which is 16 oz. Though, it but can be doubled (or tripled!) if you are making it for a large group or just want a heaping of leftovers, which I recommend doing and then storing in the fridge.

Even if you’re not a fan of heavy cream sauces, this sauce is simple, flavorful and tasty. It’s a splendid option for those who want to enjoy a filling pasta dish without all fuss and mess that usually goes with making authentic pasta sauces.

Trust me, I’ve totally been the one to jump at making a homemade pasta sauce and being that typical “spoon” taste tester over the skillet in the kitchen and being disappointed by too many sauces that were just mehh.



A classic Alfredo sauce is a rich and creamy white sauce made from butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese. But why stop there? Adding salt, pepper, garlic, and some additional Italian seasoning can take this dish to the next level.



  • 1 ½ Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Minced
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix (Optional)

  • ½ Tsp Parsley
  • ½ Tsp Rosemary
  • ½ Tsp Thyme
  • ½ Tsp Basil
  • ½ Tsp Oregano


  1. If you’re looking to make a classic alfredo sauce, the first step is to warm your butter and cream in a large skillet or saucepan over low heat. You’ll want to let it simmer for about two minutes, taking care not to let it boil or burn.
  2. Next, add in garlic and seasonings. Whisking continuously for about one minute will cook the garlic a bit and blend it into the sauce evenly.
  3. Lastly, add parmesan cheese and stir just until the cheese has melted. At this time, your sauce should be completely smooth. Serve over your favorite pasta dish and enjoy!

Something to note is that the butter will most likely separate in the skillet from the heat. No worries as this is common and it should just melt down.

I highly recommend if you can grate some fresh parmesan cheese from the block into this recipe! This will make your sauce smoother and silkier.

Many times, reaching for the shaker style cheese is easier to do, but it will not taste as delicious. Using fresh grated parmesan will also help to thicken the alfredo sauce.

If your sauce is still too “soupy” upon letting it sit then let the sauce to sit for an additional 5-10 minutes before serving. This will give the sauce time to thicken and become more flavorful.



This recipe is so versatile and blends well with an array of proteins (like adding chicken), fresh garden veggies and other seasonings.

Also, you’re not just limited to making fettucine alfredo with this sauce recipe. Feel free to use this sauce when making orecchiette, penne, gnocchi, angel hair pasta, pizza and much more!

Something I’ve done in the past to make my alfredo sauce even that much more creamy is to add in some cream cheese.

Yes – you read that correctly! Adding a few tablespoons of cream cheese will not only thicken your sauce but make it taste even more irresistible. Though, doing this does increase the caloric count, but to me, it’s worth every bit of it.

Another tip I recommend is to add in some pasta water to the sauce. Before you completely drain your fettuccine noodles (or water pasta you decided to make) make sure to leave about ¼ cup of water in the pot to then pour into the sauce.

This will add some flavor and help mix all the ingredients up. It may take longer to thicken but no longer than a couple of extra minutes.

This blog post was all about how to make the best homemade alfredo sauce.



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