Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is a rich, creamy sauce that you can make at home. This recipe is one of the first ones we attempted to recreate, it’s one of my favorite recipes of all time. This recipe is simple: butter, cream, cheese, and a little bit of patience—and everyone will think you are a five-star chef.
When ever people ask me what my favorite recipe is, I have to tell them it is the Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. This is the recipe that started my whole journey into copycat recipes. I went to high school in a very rural area. When I say rural, I mean in the middle of nowhere, for me, nowhere was Coldspring, Texas. The nearest Olive Garden was about 1 hour away. It was a treat to go there.
When I was in high school, I had to check books out of the library to read and learn new recipes. This was a recipe I continually tried over and over. They really serve up a very basic Alfredo sauce, and while that doesn't take away from the recipe, it just means you can make this recipe very simple, and it is naturally gluten free.
I hope you enjoy this version of my Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. Be sure to check out my many other recipes from the Olive Garden.
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Make Alfredo sauce just like the Olive Garden. One try with this dish and you will never buy bottled Alfredo sauce again.
- 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper (optional)
In a saucepan, combine the butter and heavy cream. Simmer until all is melted and mixed well. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes on low. You may wish to add a little salt and pepper.
I have made this with half-and-half, but we prefer the heavy cream. I wouldn’t recommend trying it with plain milk.
Important: DO NOT use store-bought shredded or grated cheese. Preshredded and pregrated cheeses have an anticaking agent in them that can prevent the sauce from setting up.
Optional Cream Cheese Method
Use this if the sauce is a little thin. The sauce can be thin for a variety of reasons: not using heavy cream, not cooking at a high enough temperature, and using preshredded or pregrated cheese. If the finished sauce is still a little thin whisk in 2 tablespoons cream cheese until the sauce thickens.Print Recipe
You can find more Olive Garden Recipes at Copykat.com.