Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe (Olive Garden)

We all need a great Alfredo Sauce recipe in our recipe box. And since we only need one, this copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe is the one you want. It’s creamy, delicious, and made with cream. And did you know, this recipe is what inspired me to start CopyKat.com?

A plate of pasta with homemade Olive Garden Alfredo sauce

Why this Recipe Works

Honestly, this particular Alfredo Sauce recipe was my sole reason, or at least my first really big inspiration, for creating copycat recipes. I lived in a very rural area of East Texas; the nearest Olive Garden was 90 minutes away. It was a very special treat to have this Alfredo sauce.

It was for me, looking back, a magical moment that would change my life and cause me to create many more copycat recipes. I still order the Olive Garden Alfredo sauce from time to time, and honestly, it still tastes just as good to me as it did the first time I had this dish.

This Alfredo sauce has made its way onto the Olive Garden menu in several different ways. You used to be able to get this as a side dish. I don’t think this is the case any longer, but you can order a dish of the Alfredo sauce and dip your breadsticks into this for a special treat. I personally enjoy this simply over freshly cooked pasta.

Homemade Alfredo Ingredients

What You’ll Need to Make this Recipe:

  • Garlic puree or garlic powder
  • Butter
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pasta

A bowl of pasta with homemade Olive Garden Alfredo sauce

How To Make Easy Alfredo Sauce (Olive Garden):

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown the garlic puree.
  2. Add the cream to the browned garlic.
  3. Once the butter and cream start to bubble, add the Parmesan cheese and salt & pepper.
  4. Stir on medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat and continue to stir.
  5. In a separate pot, follow instructions to make your favorite pasta.
  6. Combine the pasta with the alfredo sauce and garnish with parsley.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Tips and Variations:

  • Use a block of Parmesan cheese you will be able to grate. Pre-grated cheese has an anti-caking agent that may prevent the cheese from melting well.
  • Heat the butter and cream to where it bubbles before you add the cheese, it will melt better this way.
  • If you plan on having some extra sauce, do not store the sauce with the pasta. The pasta can soak up the sauce.
  • This is perfect for a large family or a party. If you want to serve up a fancy pasta bar you can easily place this sauce once it is finished in a slow cooker. By placing the slow cooker on low, you can hold this sauce for a long time.
  • If you like your alfredo sauce really creamy, you can also add cream cheese to this recipe.

Frequently asked questions about Alfredo Sauce

  • Can you make alfredo sauce with half and half? – Yes, you can. It may not thicken as well, but when combined with the pasta, the starch in the pasta will help thicken the sauce.
  • Is this sauce better than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce? – A lot of people who have tried this pasta sauce think so, just check out the comments.
  • What type of pasta should I use for alfredo? – Use your favorite pasta. Some people love to use this to make fettuccini alfredo, but any pasta shape will work.

A plate of pasta with homemade Olive Darden Alfredo Sauce

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A bowl of pasta with homemade Olive Garden Alfredo sauce.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

We all need a great Alfredo Sauce recipe in our recipe box.  And since we only need one, this copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe is the one you want.  It's creamy, delicious and made with milk.
4.73 from 22 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Alfredo Sauce, Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce, Olive Garden Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1385kcal


  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic puree or garlic powder
  • 1 pound pasta cooked according to package directions


  • Cook pasta according to the package directions. 
  • In a saucepan, cook garlic puree, in butter over medium heat. Add the cream once the garlic becomes fragrant.   
  • When the butter and cream become bubbly, add Parmesan cheese, and stir.  Turn up the heat slightly and continue to stir.  The sauce will thicken. 
  • In a large bowl combine cooked pasta and Alfredo sauce.   Stir well, and serve.   Season with salt and pepper if desired. 


Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • You may want to add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese if you do not like the thickness of the sauce.
  • You may omit the garlic if desired.
  • Ground white pepper adds a nice touch to Alfredo sauce.
  • While the Olive Garden does not use nutmeg in their sauce, many people like a touch of nutmeg in the sauce.


Calories: 1385kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 123g | Saturated Fat: 77g | Cholesterol: 403mg | Sodium: 1458mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4410IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 773mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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About Stephanie Manley

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Donna Sosa

    4 stars
    Loved the sauce but it wasn’t quite thick enough and I had a ton leftover. What is the best way to reheat?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I would reheat this in a pot on a stove, you may need to add some additional cream. If the sauce isn’t thick enough, turn up the heat, and stir until the sauce thickens to your liking.

  2. Millie Gothard

    Mine did not turn out!! I’m so disappointed. My butter and cheese separated. Last time I made it, it was perfect!! And I made a double recipe… any ideas on how to fix it?

  3. Claudia

    5 stars
    It tasted amazing! I made it last night and it was a hit! Even better than Olive Garden. Only modifications I made was using two tablespoons of minced garlic and about a half teaspoon of black pepper. It was luscious! So creamy a delicious!

  4. Gramma310

    4 stars
    Made this last night with garlic powder and it had no flavor at all! Put it in fridge and reheated today with another Tbsp of finely chopped garlic and it is perfect now. I will make it wirh double garlic next time.

  5. Bradd

    5 stars
    I made this first just after you posted it originally and have dozens of times since. It holds beautifully and is very forgiving, super simple for even the newest cooks. We usually add sauteed chicken breast to it for the complete meal, shrimp is a hit as well. This recipe is a star and should be in everyone’s go to stack!

  6. Maggie

    5 stars
    I have never left a review on a recipe site before, but best Alfredo sauce I have ever made. The same or better than olive gardens! No need to pay 20 dollars for a meal anymore!!

  7. Sherrie

    5 stars
    This recipe instantly became a family favorite. No joke, it’s requested at least 3 times a week for dinner, and I happily OBLIGE. This is BETTER then Olive Garden’s and on the plus side, you know exactly what goes in it because you’ve made it from scratch!!

  8. Janice L

    5 stars
    First time I made this very simple!!!
    I will never buy Alfredo sauce in the jar ever again I will make my own using this recipe!!!😋

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