Quick and easy Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. This rich and creamy Alfredo sauce is perfect for busy weeknights and is guaranteed to be your next family favorite!
Why you'll love this recipe
Is there really anything better than homemade sauces? Especially alfredo sauce- it's rich, it's creamy, it's the ultimate comfort food.
This soul-warming Garlic Alfredo Sauce is fantastic tossed with gluten-free linguine or poured over vegetables and grilled chicken. My favorite way to enjoy Alfredo sauce is over a pile of hot zoodles!
We love this garlic Alfredo sauce so much that we decided to toss it with some shrimp and Cajun seasoning and made Cajun Shrimp Alfredo.
Here's what you'll need to make the best homemade garlic Alfredo sauce:
- Heavy whipping cream
- Cream cheese
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce (optional)
In a medium saucepan or skillet, whisk the butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese, over medium heat until melted. If you want a thicker sauce, combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set it aside for now.
Add the minced garlic, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer, add the cornstarch mixture if you're using it, and stir it until it thickens.
Toss it with your favorite pasta or use it as a dip with your favorite bread!
Tips & tricks
Cube the cream cheese. Cubed cream cheese will melt faster and easier. I like to cut mine up before beginning this recipe so it also has time to soften up.
Use freshly shredded parmesan. For the best results, use freshly shredded parmesan cheese right off the block. Using packaged "shaker" parmesan can make this sauce grainy and gritty- and we sure don't want that!
Use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. As the sauce cools, it will thicken on its own. If you want a thicker sauce, add cornstarch and water (measurements can be found in the recipe card below).
- Enameled Skillet. This skillet is my favorite for making sauces and pastas!
- Cheese Grater. Use this tool to grate parmesan, zest a lemon, grate garlic, and more!
- Silicone Whisk. Silicone is easier on enameled and nonstick pans and won't scratch the surface coating.
Storing and reheating
Refrigerator: Store this creamy pasta sauce in an airtight container for up to five days. This sauce makes great leftovers and is perfect for meal prepping.
Freezer: I do not recommend freezing this alfredo sauce.
Reheating: Reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time. Be careful not to overheat this sauce, as it will separate and turn really oily.
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Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce
- 1 quart heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 c parmesan cheese grated
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a medium saucepan or skillet, whisk the butter, cream, and cream cheese, over medium heat until melted. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and set aside (optional).
- Add the minced garlic, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer, add the cornstarch mixture (optional), and stir until thickened.
- Toss with your favorite pasta!
The nutritional information provided is only an estimate. For accurate results, we recommend calculating the nutritional information based on the ingredients and brands you use.
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