Fettucine prepared with Alfredo Sauce

Simple Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Homemade Alfredo sauce can be prepared in no time at all. And if you eat a lot of pasta, Alfredo sauce is a great alternative to a regular tomato sauce.

To make a simple alfredo sauce in under ten minutes you’ll need to get together a few basic ingredients.

Fettucine prepared with Alfredo Sauce
Fettucine Alfredo by kthread via Flickr

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

Grab yourself some:

  • Butter (real butter, unsalted recommended, margarine isn’t going to cut it)
  • Some heavy cream
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh parsley
  • And some fresh parmesan cheese. The stuff in the little shaker that smells like wet feet is just the wrong stuff to use in almost all circumstances.

How to Cook Alfredo Sauce

Melt a quarter cup of butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat.

Alfredo sauce in a pan
It looks better when it's done

Add a cup of cream and simmer for five minutes.

Add a finely chopped or crushed garlic clove and at least a cup and a half of your fresh parmesan, grated thinly. Throw in some parsley if you want.

Whisk it all together with a fork, or if you have one, an actual whisk.

Pour over pasta and enjoy.

Alfredo Sauce Preparation Tips

Optionally you can melt in a bit of cream cheese, but it’s not necessary. It changes the texture and taste a little bit and is less of a “pure” recipe.

Freshly ground pepper is also a nice addition but I don’t know too many people who own one of those fancy restaurant pepper grinders.

Here is a recipe for homemade tomato sauce just in case you get sick of the whole creamy thing.

And if you’re really ambitious, go ahead and make some fresh homemade pasta.

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