Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Copycat Recipe

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Cheesy, rich, and classic – this copycat for Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe is the easiest sauce you will ever make!

I love how easy and delicious this homemade Alfredo sauce is! Even if you think you can’t cook, you can make this divine sauce in under 30 minutes. Yes, you heard me right…. it’s quick and easy and DELISH! Check out all the reviews below!

How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce:

It’s sooo fast and easy! Scroll down for all the directions and print this yummy Alfredo Sauce recipe!

There are so many ways to enjoy this Alfredo sauce! It tastes so wonderful on homemade pizza crust  or dipped in fresh, warm breadsticks too. Yum! Any type of noodles will work with this homemade Alfredo sauce… even the zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash variety. Top it with chicken or shrimp to get some more protein in there!

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Making the PERFECT Alfredo Sauce:

Just SIX ingredients in order to pull off AMAZING Alfredo sauce! Your family will be asking for more and more! It’s rich and creamy and doesn’t take a ton to coat the pasta either. You’ll start by combining butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese!

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Bring that to a light boil over medium high heat and stir frequently to incorporate. Next you’ll whisk in he Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

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Whisk until incorporated and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the Alfredo sauce is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Just like you see pictured below…

homemade olive garden alfredo sauce

We also love making this one on spaghetti night! It’s yummy combined with our favorite homemade spaghetti sauce.

Parmesan Cheese Tips:

The secret to a good Alfredo sauce is using fresh Parmesan cheese. The dried, grated variety that you buy in the pasta aisle can be too strong and salty. You can buy a small wedge of Parmesan and grate it, but I’ve also had no problem using the fresh grated parm cheese found in the cheese aisle.

Alfredo Sauce Tips:

  • If you find your sauce isn’t thick enough, be sure to let the sauce boil for a moment before you add the cheese!
  • If it starts to separate, rapidly whisk the sauce to incorporate all the ingredients.

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Here’s a meal idea to go along with the homemade Alfredo sauce: Cook a 48-ounce package of fresh cheese tortellini for 6 minutes in a pot of boiling water. Immediately drain it and add it to the Alfredo sauce. Add 2 cups of chopped, cooked chicken breast, if desired, to the sauce and pasta. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Can You Reheat this Homemade Alfredo Sauce?

Unlike the Alfredo Sauce from Olive Garden, this EASY alfredo sauce recipe reheats beautifully! You can pop it in the microwave (time will vary, depending on the amount you are reheating) and then just whisk it up again to incorporate all the ingredients. It will taste fantastic and be nice and smooth!

My Favorite Pasta Pot:

My go-to pasta/steamer pot is much like this Excelsteel 8 Quart 18/10 Stainless Steel 4 Piece Pot. It’s perfect for cooking and draining large amounts of pasta, steaming fresh veggies, seafood and boiling eggs. Large or small, the strainer baskets do the job and having a clear lid with an 8 quart stainless pot is nice for soups and stews.

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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Copycat Recipe

Cheesy, rich, and classic, enjoy a divine copycat version of Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce. Actually, it's better than theirs!
4.71 / 5 ( 231 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10
Adjust Servings: 10


  • Saucepan


  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a saucepan combine heavy cream, butter and cream cheese. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, then keep it simmering until all is melted and mixed well. Stir often!
  • Right after the mixture comes to a light boil, whisk in the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
  • Simmer this for 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat, just until it thickens enough to coat a spoon.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve over hot pasta, in place of red pizza sauce, or for dipping. It's great with grilled chicken or shrimp too.

Recipe Notes

TIP: If the sauce seems to seperate, whisk rapidly on low heat to incorporate the fat back into the cream.
If you find your sauce isn't thick enough, be sure to let the sauce boil for a moment before you add the cheese!


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Ingredients: Butter, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Garlic, Heavy Cream, Parmesan, Pepper, Salt
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Popular, Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, #StayHome, Fall, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl Party, Winter, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto, Meatless
Categories: Copycat, Pasta, Stove Top

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