Alfredo Sauce – How to Make from Scratch

Have you ever wondered how to make Alfredo Sauce? Guess what? This pasta sauce is super easy to make!
Alfredo sauce over pasta on a plate.

Did you know it’s really easy to make Alfredo sauce? In the time that it takes you to cook the pasta you can make an amazing Alfredo sauce. Don’t buy the sauce from the jar, you can make Alfredo sauce that tastes just like it came out of a restaurant at home.

You can learn how to make this creamy cheese sayce for a very tasty plate of pasta at home. The key is good-quality ingredients. You really only need three ingredients to make Alfredo Sauce, you need heavy cream also known as whipping cream, butter (don’t use anything but butter), and Parmesan cheese. With the Parmesan cheese, a block that you grate is better than anything that comes pre-shredded.

Pasta sauce that is easy to make

I often get asked about how to make certain types of food, or what recipes are really easy. Here is one that I always pass out to people. It is simple to make Alfredo Sauce, and it turns out very well no matter if you are a highly experienced cook or if you are just a beginner. If you are in a jam in and need dinner in a hurry you can make this sauce more quickly than you can cook the pasta. Alfredo sauce is a great way to use leftovers. If you have some cooked chicken you could add it to this recipe.

Ingredients to make Alfredo Sauce

Do use good-quality butter and cream. I have found that buying them relatively close to when you make the dish is a good idea. Sometimes butter and cream can pick up flavors from your fridge. When it comes to the Parmesan cheese, be sure to use a good-quality brand. Do not use the type of cheese that comes in a can. Please, use some fresh Parmesan cheese. You will be rewarded with a flavorful sauce if you do.

Pasta with Alfredo sauce on a plate.

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Alfredo sauce over pasta on a plate.

Alfredo Sauce - How to Make from Scratch

Learn how to make Alfredo sauce from scratch. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Alfredo Sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 1553kcal


  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 3/4 pound butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and white pepper


  • Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter into the heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Stir in 1 cup of the Parmesan and cook over low to medium heat until the cheese melts. When the pasta is done, drain it and pour into a bowl. 
  • Add the cheese sauce. Combine the sauce and pasta. If you like, you can season it with some salt and white pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese when serving. Mixing the sauce with the pasta is an Italian way to serve up this particular dish. It coats the pasta well, and gives you a delicious bit of sauce in every bite. You do not need to rinse your pasta. Following these directions you can make delicious Alfredo sauce at home.


Calories: 1553kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 118g | Saturated Fat: 73g | Cholesterol: 349mg | Sodium: 1412mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3870IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 657mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. LLP

    Old school alfredo sauce often uses a mix of egg yolks and a little of heated cream mixture added slowly to the sauce. Clings better to the pasta

  2. James Collard

    Stephanie, What a delightful description .. ¨Please use fresh Parmesan, good quality butter and cream¨. I shall do my best. I have it here with bits of chopped ham in the fetuccini and I think they go nicely. But I´ve wanted to make my own for some time. And on chicken sounds terrific too, with the fetuccini.

  3. perryconnie

    I am looking for a copycat recipe for alfredo sauce from cici’s pizza and I can’t find it anywhere, does anyone else know?

  4. Gina Cesaro-Riso

    Make that unsalted butter since the Parmesan tends to be very salty. Then you can adjust the salt as needed.

  5. Tina

    This turned out really good, it seemed a little thin when it was first finished, but once I added it to my pasta it was fine. Only thing different that I did was add a little bit of garlic. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Jeff

    Thanks. My daughter became an alfredo sauce fan after eating at a hotel cafeteria in Disney a few months ago (I know. . . I assumed a cafeteria would cook from a can). We picked up a couple different jars of sauce at the store and both were expectantly bland and thin. She was able to do this recipe (8 year old) with some help here and there. Ours had a great flavor and coated the pasta well. I think the “real” cheese was the reason for past failures. We’d buy the standard 2 cup Kraft bagged cheese and it never worked for reasons you point out. I’m a garlic fan so it was added. We ended up using a little cream cheese to thicken it as I think we added too much heavy cream.

    • stephaniemanley

      If your sauce isn’t thickening as you would like it, I find if you turn up the heat just a bit more it will help it a great deal.

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