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Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Never buy Alfredo sauce again! This easy homemade alfredo sauce is amazingly delicious and simple to make. Only a handful of ingredients!

Easy homemade alfredo sauce on fettuccini alfredo pasta on a plate.

My absolute favorite kind of pasta sauces are creamy ones. Actually, I think all food that contains cream is my favorite kind of food. I may have a problem. Or not. Cream is never a problem, right? This really is such an easy homemade alfredo sauce recipe and it’s the best ever for a few reasons. Reason one: It only has 3 ingredients and it’s still 100% homemade! Reason two: It only takes about 5 minutes to make. For realz. Quick recipes are always awesome! Reason three: It’s beyond delicious!

Adding cream to easy homemade alfredo sauce.

This sauce is pretty decadent, so you could sub out the cream for half-and-half to lighten things up a bit. But don’t skip the nutmeg! I know it can seem a little bit unusual for a savory dish, but it adds a special flavor that really compliments all the rich creaminess going on.

Adding nutmeg to easy homemade alfredo sauce.

Now, I don’t care what kind of food you eat and buy but from personal experience, don’t make this with the parmesan from the green can! You know what kind I’m talking about? I say this only because it really doesn’t melt well and usually turns into a clump in the pot and that will just ruin your whole day. Clumps of cheese in pots are total downers.

Adding parmesan cheese to easy homemade alfredo sauce.

You don’t have to buy totally fancy stuff, but if you can buy some and grate it yourself it will melt into the sauce beautifully. Or, if you live in an awesome place like I do with a cheese factory in town, you can purchase freshly grated parm and that also melts well.

Cheese pull with a whisk from finished easy homemade alfredo sauce.

You may need to thin the easy homemade alfredo sauce a bit with pasta water. Or regular water. But the pasta water is a bit starchy which is great for sauces.

Thinning the easy homemade alfredo sauce with pasta water.

Since my love of all things dairy, of course, encompasses every kind of cheese ever, living near a cheese factory has basically become a necessity for me. I can never move. Of if I do, I’ll need to bring the cheese factory with me.

Side note: Our valley is also home to a FatBoy Factory. You can go there and buy discounted “seconds” by the case. Have I mentioned I love where I live?! Hooray for the dairy industry here! And of course for all the hard-working dairy farmers everywhere who make these delicious ingredients possible. {You should go thank a farmer 🙂 }

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Now, be warned. Even though this is the best alfredo sauce, it is not an authentic Italian recipe {we’ve discussed the authenticity of my Italian recipes before…} because Alfredo is just a name and I’m pretty sure this is a totally American version of an Italian dish. But who cares?! Last time I checked, delicious was not defined by cultural authenticity. So make this! Because everyone needs some 3-ingredient 5-minute recipes in their life.

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easy homemade alfredo plated on a blue plate with parsley on top.

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Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Never buy Alfredo sauce again! This easy homemade alfredo sauce is amazingly delicious and simple to make. Only a handful of ingredients!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 170 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese see note
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Fresh parsley optional, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add parmesan cheese, stirring frequently.
  3. Continue to simmer and stir until the cheese is totally melted and the sauce has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add nutmeg and stir to combine. 

  5. Serve over your favorite pasta topped with fresh parsley. 

Recipe Notes

Use the highest quality cheese you can, it will melt much better and stay combined with the sauce. 

I usually use this amount of sauce for 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of pasta.

If the sauce becomes thick, add a splash of cream or half-and-half, or even milk to thin it out a little bit.

When reheating the sauce, do so over low heat in a saucepan.

If re-heating pasta with this sauce on it, microwave until the chill has just been taken off, add a splash of cream, stir, and microwave until warmed through.

 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 12.4%
Iron 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Ali Hotmar
    January 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    is this something that can be made ahead of time and stored somewhere for later use? Fridge or pantry and how long do you think?

    So many questions! haha

    • Reply
      Alli
      January 18, 2018 at 11:47 AM

      Hi Ali! Yes! It totally can be. I store it in a jar in the fridge with no problems, as long as your cream and cheese are good for. I haven’t tried freezing it, but I imagine it would be fine. I hope you like it!

  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    This is such a great way to make and store it!

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