This Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe is rich and creamy, made from scratch, and the perfect pair for your favorite pasta. Quick and easy this delicious sauce is made in just 15 minutes to make a simple weeknight meal or cozy Sunday dinner with family. Use it tonight to make a tasty fettuccine alfredo, a creamy white lasagna, or even white pizza! For a quick overview on how to make this recipe, check out my web story on Homemade Alfredo Sauce.
Homemade Alfredo Sauce For Pasta
There is nothing like a good homemade alfredo sauce slathered all over freshly cooked pasta. The ultimate comfort food, right? This recipe is a family favorite for an easy alfredo sauce for pasta. Not only is it quick to make, but it's packed full of amazing flavor. Growing up I wasn't a huge fan of marinara, so alfredo sauce was always my first pick for pasta. It's rich and creamy flavor is the perfect comfort food when you are in need of a pick me up!
What Is Alfredo Sauce Made Out Of?
There are many different versions of alfredo sauce out there. Some alfredo recipes are made with cream, while others are made with half and half or sometimes milk. Some use flour to thicken the sauce and some use different types or combinations of cheese. The original alfredo recipe was actually comprised of only two ingredients: parmesan cheese and butter. While this version contains a few more ingredients than its authentic origination, it's still my favorite! Here is what you will need to put together this delicious sauce:
- Chopped garlic
- Half and Half
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt & Pepper
- Ground Nutmeg
If you are using this alfredo sauce for pasta, I highly recommend adding some of the pasta cooking water to the sauce. Not only does it add flavor to the sauce, but it also helps bind the sauce to the pasta.
How to Make Alfredo Sauce from Scratch
This sauce is so simple to put together and can be whipped up in just a few steps:
- Melt your butter in your pan until it stops foaming, then add your garlic in and saute until you start to smell the garlic.
- Next, sprinkle in your flour and whisk together while cooking the mixture for a bit.
- Then, you will whisk in your half and half and continue cooking while stirring until it starts to thicken up.
- At this point, you will remove the pan from the heat and add in your cheese, salt, and pepper, and don't forget the nutmeg!
- The sauce will be pretty thick at this point, so adding 1-2 cups of the pasta cooking water will help thin it to your desired consistency.
Don't worry if you accidentally drained your pasta without reserving the water. First of all, I've done this a million times and it works just fine to use a bit of milk or water to thin it to your desired consistency. You can also do this if you are using this alfredo sauce for pizza.
What Is Alfredo Sauce Used For?
The most common use for alfredo sauce is for the well-known classic dish, fettuccine alfredo. There are, however, many different uses for this delicious sauce. Pair it with my Homemade Spinach Fettuccine for a Sunday dinner to remember or my Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo for an easy weeknight meal. Try this sauce with other types of pasta, such as penne, rigatoni, or even bucatini. This easy alfredo sauce would also be a delicious substitute for marinara in my recipe for The Perfect Classic Italian Lasagna to make creamy white sauce lasagna. Lastly, it would make a delicious white sauce for pizza using either my Cast Iron Pan Pizza or Pizza on the Grill recipes.
More Pasta Sauce Ideas...
I hope you enjoyed this Homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe and that it soon becomes your favorite! For even more pasta sauce ideas, check out these other ones below:
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