Copycat Recipe: Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Years ago I was introduced to fresh cheese tortellini with Alfredo sauce at a lovely restaurant at London’s Heathrow Airport. I’ve been a big fan ever since.  I don’t indulge too often, but I’m often tempted to.  Cheesy, rich, and classic, this copycat, Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce, is the easiest sauce you will ever make!  I cringe at the pricey bottled  stuff at the market.  Even if you think you can’t cook, you can make this divine sauce in under 30 minutes.

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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Sauce any kind of pasta, with grilled chicken or shrimp, and on pizza instead of tomato sauce.  It’s winning as a dip with hot breadsticks and it will be long gone if you add it to a pasta bar at your next dinner party too. 

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

See the recipe here:

I think the secret to a good Alfredo sauce is using fresh Parmesan cheese.  The dried, grated, variety is too strong and salty. I cooked a 48-ounce package of fresh cheese tortellini for 6 minutes in a pot of boiling water.  I immediately drained it and added it to my Alfredo sauce.  I also added 2 cups of chopped, cooked, chicken breast to the sauce and pasta. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 51

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Cheesy, rich, and classic, enjoy a divine copycat version of Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. Actually, it's better than theirs!


  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a saucepan combine heavy cream, butter and cream cheese. Simmer this until all is melted and mixed well. Add the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer this for 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat, just until it thickens enough to coat a spoon. Serve over hot pasta noodles, in place of red pizza sauce, or for dipping. It's great with grilled chicken or shrimp too.

  2. Note: This sauce will separate when you reheat it.


TIP: If this sauce becomes a little too thick, thin it with pasta water. Drain your pasta, but save some water.

This sauce is gluten-free.

Enjoy this recipe with…

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