Best Alfredo Sauce {Only 3 Ingredients!}

3 Ingredient Alfredo Sauce

My absolute favorite kinds 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 The Best Alfredo Sauce 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!

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.

3 Ingredient 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 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.

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.

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.

Never buy Alfredo sauce again! This 3 ingredient Alfredo Sauce takes 5 minutes to put together and is so delicious. It's the quickest pasta sauce to make!

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 🙂 }

3 Ingredient Alfredo Sauce

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.

3 Ingredient Alfredo Sauce

Yields 4-6 servings

Never buy Alfredo sauce again! This is the Best Alfredo Sauce, it only takes 5 minutes to put together and 3 ingredients. Try it today!

5 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Optional: Fresh chopped parsley


  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 fresh parsley, if desired.
  5. Stir to combine and serve!


• I usually use this amount of sauce for 1 pound of pasta.

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

• When re-heating the sauce, do so over low heat in a sauce pan.

• 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.

43 cal
3 g
1 g
3 g

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