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If you’re tired of jarred sauce, you’re probably looking for an amazing alternative and a recipe for a delicious Alfredo sauce. This sauce is rich and creamy and has that restaurant qualify garlic parmesan flavor you’re looking for. It is easy to make and pairs perfectly with your favorite pasta.
One of my favorite sauces to go with a big bowl of pasta is Alfredo sauce. It is a rich, indulgent, comforting pasta sauce that is perfect for dinner. Since it only takes about 10 minutes to make, it is great for a weekday dinner. This recipe makes two cups of sauce, but you can easily double it if you’re cooking for a crowd, or if you just want extra for later. You can use your favorite dried pasta for this recipe or check out my homemade pasta recipe to add extra freshness to your meal.
What is Alfredo Sauce?
We all grew up eating Alfredo sauce, but what is it? A traditional Alfredo sauce is a simple cream sauce. It’s made from parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and butter. Even though the original approach to Alfredo sauce is delicious, I like to add extra flavor by tossing in some garlic, pepper, salt, and a little Italian seasoning. Personally, I think these additions really boost the appeal, but you don’t have to add them if you prefer the standard Alfredo sauce.
How to Make This Alfredo Sauce
To start your Alfredo sauce, in a large saucepan over low heat, warm your butter and cream. Allow your mixture to simmer for 2 minutes, but do not let it boil. Whisk in your garlic, followed by your seasonings. Whisk it constantly for about one minute to allow the flavors of your garlic and seasonings to bloom. Add in your parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese is just melted and the sauce has time to smooth out.
I personally prefer to use freshly grated parmesan cheese because pre-shredded and jarred parmesan cheese will make your sauce grainy and gritty. Your Parmesan cheese will thicken your sauce as it melts and incorporates. If it is not as thick as you would like, allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving, this will allow it to thicken.
If you’re excited about making your own pasta sauces, make sure to check out my Easy Homemade Pesto Sauce recipe as well.
Customize this Recipe
You can easily customize this recipe to suit your family's needs. You can add any vegetable you would like to the Alfredo sauce you make, or you can add your favorite meat to the sauce to add additional flavor.
Popular additions to Alfredo Sauce include mushrooms, chicken, broccoli, and spinach. Take time to play with different vegetables that your family loves.
If you want to improve the freshness of this sauce, feel free to add fresh herbs while cooking, or garnish your pasta with fresh herbs before serving.
Make Your Own Italian Seasoning
Since Italian Seasoning is not something commonly found in Italy adding it is a personal preference and you can omit it. If you prefer to make your own Italian seasoning from fresh herbs, you can toss together some oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary. Some people like to add marjoram but it is something I rarely have on hand so I tend to omit it unless I have some left over from another recipe.
You can also add red chili flakes, garlic powder, or parsley to the mix, depending on your personal preference.
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- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups fresh parmesan cheese, grated
- Add the cream and butter to a large skillet. Simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Do not allow the sauce to boil.
- Whisk in your minced garlic and seasonings. Allow your sauce to simmer for at least one minute so the flavors have a chance to bloom.
- Whisk in the parmesan cheese and simmer until melted.
- Serve immediately. If your sauce is not the desired thickness, allow it to sit for two or three minutes so it has a chance to thicken.
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© 2022 Cara Garrison