How to Make a Simple Alfredo Sauce

If you love cheese flavors, you will love this simple alfredo sauce recipe. This is the ultimate alfredo sauce for pasta, seafood, and many other recipes you can think of.

A hand is pouring the alfredo sauce over a whole roasted cauliflower

One of my favorite pasta sauces is a simple alfredo sauce made from scratch.

It has all of my favorite flavor profiles; garlic, olive oil, and parmesan. All in one creamy homemade alfredo sauce! This tasty sauce is ready in just a few minutes and has only 4 simple ingredients. It is the best pasta sauce recipe I have ever made and it is so versatile!

Many homemade alfredo sauce recipes do not include garlic, but I love my garlic alfredo sauce version. The garlic just adds an extra zing of flavor to my recipes.

How to Make Fettuccine Alfredo:

A hand holding a fork in the Alaskan Cod Fettuccinne Alfredo.

If you want to make an incredible gluten free fettuccine alfredo, give this Gluten Free Alaskan Cod Fettuccine Alfredo recipe a try. You can make it with or without the cod, but my fish hating kids love it with the cod. How weird is that? More importantly, use this handy pasta hack to make sure your pasta is perfectly al dente. Mushy gluten free pasta is horrible! I love this sauce on gluten free spaghetti!

Cauliflower Alfredo:

A hand sprinkling sunflower seeds over a Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Alfredo Sauce

If you are looking for a delicious vegetarian option, drizzle this sauce on a whole roasted cauliflower. It is so easy to roast a whole cauliflower. Does this make you think about all of the delicious recipes you can use this quick and easy alfredo sauce with?

Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna Alfredo:

A baking dish full of Zucchini ribbon lasagna alfredo

I made this pasta free Super Cheesy Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna Alfredo with my favorite alfredo sauce recipe. My picky kids didn’t even notice this lasagna had zucchini ribbons in place of lasagna noodles. Cheese can hide veggies perfectly!

How to make a homemade alfredo sauce:

A pan with Olive oil and garlic simmering

Simmer the olive oil with minced garlic over low heat.

A pan with heavy cream and a little more olive oil cooking

Continue to simmer. Add heavy cream and more olive oil.

Cheese sauce in a pan cooking.

Continue to simmer and add the parmesan cheese. Feel free to toss in some fresh basil if you like!

Pour it on vegetables or fish, toss it with pasta, eat it by the spoonful….use it in any dish you may like!

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Things You Need to Make This Recipe:

  1. A great saute pan.
  2. Gluten free pasta or  gluten free fettuccine noodles.
5 from 3 votes
Simple Alfredo Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This is the only alfredo sauce you will need. Creamy and delicious.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 276 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pan, heat olive oil for 2 minutes over low heat.

  2. Add minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Add heavy cream and simmer 5 minutes.

  4. Sprinkle in parmeasan cheese, salt and pepper.

  5. Simmer 2 minutes and drizzle on vegetables, or toss into cooked pasta.

Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
276kcal | Fat: 30g | Saturated fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated fat: 4g | Monounsaturated fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 44mg | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Vitamin A: 18.5% | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 11.5% | Iron: 0.3%

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  1. Looks and sound delicious! Easy, too!

  2. I love a good Alfredo sauce, and yes, I cannot do without the garlic either! Yumm!

  3. Mmmmm. Alfredo sauce is one of my faves. I’ve never tried it over cauliflower though, what a great idea! I usually make mine with butter, so I’m curious to try it with olive oil instead, but I am like you in that garlic is a must! 😉

  4. Alfredo is such a versatile sauce, it tastes good with so many different types of foods. This recipe sounds delightful.

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