Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Published on December 10, 2014 By Lauren

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I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to share my Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe! I got this recipe from my brother-in-law, and have been tweaking it ever since. It is so velvety smooth and creamy – the PERFECT Alfredo Sauce. Oh – and I should mention that there is a secret ingredient in this recipe… read on for that 🙂

Here’s the play-by-play:

alfredo sauceFirst, melt a half stick of butter in a sauce pan with some olive oil, and add a clove of chopped or pressed garlic. Saute the garlic for just a minute or two, and then add the milk to stop the garlic from cooking.

alfredo sauceOk – NOW here’s the secret ingredient – cream cheese! It makes it smooth, a little thicker, and adds a touch of sweetness. SO. GOOD. You might want to chop it into smaller cubes before you place it in the pan so that it melts faster.

alfredo sauceGo ahead and add all the remaining ingredients, and slowly bring to a boil over low-medium heat.

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It helps to use a wire whisk while heating to break up the cream cheese and mix in the parmesan cheese. Once it starts to bubble and it smooth, it is ready to serve!

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Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy and delicious Alfredo Sauce recipe? This is IT! Rich & creamy - this will taste better than your local Italian restaurant! And so easy to make!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lauren Cobello


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp dried basil or some fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and oil over medium heat and add the garlic.
  • Saute garlic for 1 or 2 minutes, then add the milk and all other ingredients.
  • Heat over medium heat - stirring often with a wire whisk until well blended and sauce starts to bubble.
  • Serve with 1/2 lb. of pasta and/or vegetables.

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  • Hi – I followed to a T and it came out very thin and flavorless. When I read 1/2 stick I thought maybe you meant half the quarter stick (the way it comes packaged) but I see from the picture it is the full quarter. I did use shaved parmesan. Maybe I shoud’ve used the more powdery stuff to help thicken. Not sure what went wrong.

  • I might try this sometime. The cream cheese makes it sound interesting. I make one that my Mom’s made for years. Basically just butter, flour, salt, pepper, half & half, nutmeg, and parm. I like to add cayenne pepper sometimes for some spiciness.

  • Great sauce! I poured on bow tie pasta and added fresh kale. I love how the sauce is lighter in texture and not the traditional thick kind. Will definitely keep this one!

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