Garlic Alfredo Sauce

I am not (not!) exaggerating when I say this quick, creamy garlic alfredo sauce has changed how I view non-dinner nights. You know. Those nights when dinner just ain’t happening. Too many things going on. Too lazy (who, me??). Too many nights of husband being out of town. Too many kids needing attention. Too many weeks pregnant (yes, that is a subliminal announcement!). Too many this. Too many that.

The problem is, on nights like that, I just can’t handle the thought of dinner approaching and knowing I’m going to have to scrounge up something my kids will eat but I’ll probably find gag-worthy. I can’t help it. Grilled cheese only gets me through so many nights.

Enter this sauce. Fast. Unbelievably fast, and incredibly creamy and flavorful, this alfredo sauce is what I’ve been searching for the past five years. Healthier (relatively) than the versions loaded with butter and cream, it comes together quickly and wonderfully and it reheats beautifully the next day if you are lucky enough to have leftovers.

We’ve made this no less than 10 times in the last month, and I have never, and I mean never, seen my kids gobble up anything so quickly. In fact, they beg for it every night and have requested it for their birthday dinners every year until they turn 42. Hopefully by then someone else will be making it for them, otherwise, we’ll have larger issues than just alfredo sauce overload.

Embarrassingly, I have to admit, this sauce is even on the menu this week. I actually planned it that way. I mean, eating it at least once was inevitable, so I might as well add it in to the menu plan so I don’t look like a total slacker.

Garlic Alfredo Sauce

What To ServeBroiled Parmesan and Lemon Chicken
Fresh, seasonal fruit
Green salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing

Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Yield: Makes about 2 cups of sauce

Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Note: I've only ever used 1% milk in this sauce and it works great for our tastes. Also, I've made it with regular and low-fat cream cheese. The low-fat cream cheese gives it a slightly, very slightly grainy texture, but the cut in calories is worth it, in my opinion, although the full-fat cream cheese offers a luxurious, creamy texture that can't be beat. You choose!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into 6 pieces (see note above)
  • 1 cup milk (see note above)
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste, if needed


  1. In a medium pot or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, taking care not to let the garlic burn. Add the cream cheese, stirring with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. It will look curdled at first, but with constant whisking for 2-3 minutes, it should come together to form a smooth, creamy paste. Add the milk gradually, about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking quickly and constantly until each addition is incorporated fully into the sauce. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency. Cook for 2-3 minutes for a thicker sauce or remove right after the cheese is melted for a thinner sauce. Serve immediately over hot, cooked noodles.

Recipe Source: adapted from Sweet Pea Chef

206 Responses to Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce {My Go-To Dinner Saver!}

  1. Helen says:

    I love this recipe. Made it once and thought it was too easy but added some leftovers in my fridge when I made the sauce (bacon, asparagus and peppers). This time I just added bacon and it was perfect again. I think I could have this plain and just use it as a cheese dip for my nachos – sort of like a con queso dip

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  4. Megan says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    My father is notoriously difficult to cook for and he recently decided to drop in at my apartment for a surprise dinner. After repeated reassurances that he would like this, I whipped together your magical recipe, grilled some chicken, threw in some steamed veggies, and I was left with a table of happy campers. In fact, I was told that I should have left all the “stuff” out because the sauce was that good. After they left, I got a text from my mom asking for the recipe because my dad was already requesting they make it themselves.

    I am officially indebted to you!

  5. Catherine says:

    I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU. I love every recipe of yours I’ve tried (and that’s lots!) but this one has truly been not only a favorite but a lifesaver. I, too, am pregnant–with #4–and morningsickness is always a bugger for me. We’re talking weeks on end of only eating takeout because I literally cannot cook without getting sick. But I was able to make this tonight! And it was perfect. Did you know that the inventor of fettuccine Alfredo reportedly created it to satisfy his wife’s pregnancy cravings for something warm and comforting? That’s exactly what this has been, and easy too. Thank you again.

  6. Kendra says:

    I have so many recipes from this blog in my binder o’ recipes, and this is the one that is always my go-to when I don’t know what to make or don’t have other ingredients on hand – I always have some cream cheese in the fridge, and if you can get a $1 brick of cream cheese this is also super inexpensive! LOVE IT. I wish I could lick all the leftovers out of the saucepan (I mean, maybe I still do… please don’t tell anyone). I find that the recipe as stated is perfect for two people (or for just me, one dinner + one lunch the next day, although reheating in the microwave is a bit meh). Also it lends itself to so many variations – the tuscan variation with basil and sun dried tomatoes is great, and I recently tried adding sauteed spinach and artichoke hearts for a spinach artichoke “dip” version. Everyone must try this.

  7. Jessica says:

    Interesting, I expected you to know that low fat dairy MAKES YOU FAT. In fact, pig Farmers give skim milk to pigs for the sole purpose of fattening them up. It’s worth since research if you don’t know this. I know this is several years old. So maybe you do now. But your recipes are AMAZING. Even though I’ve only tried the sloppy joes & go to French bread /rolls/buns I’ve saved more from your site than any other. I can tell just from reading them that they will be fantastic. And it helps that your family has similar likes as my family! Love your site!

  8. Stephanie. says:

    Tonight was 100% one of those non dinner nights. Mel to the rescue!! Thanks for this simple dinner.

  9. Sarah says:

    Mel-I have wanted to like alfredo for a long time! Let me say my mom always served it store bought from a jar (yuck) and even tho I have been living on my own for 10 years I just thought I wasn’t much for alfredo but the idea sounded nice. Well I made this tonight for dinner. Added cooked chicken, sliced bell pepper and artichoke hearts right after stirring in the parm cheese. Then added in the noodles. Not only did my two year old gobble it down but my husband kept saying, “wow”. I very much enjoyed it too. And you are right – SO quick and easy! Thank you! I knew there had to be good things about alfredo just needed to land on the right concoction πŸ˜‰

  10. Natasha says:

    Hi Ms. Mel!!! Your recipe is fantastic- my family couldn’t get enough of it! My mom said she wanted to kiss my fingers! This sauce is so excellent and flavorful and the farfalle pasta makes it so fun and really attaches to the sauce! I added some ham and onions and it made for a really delicious one-bowl meal. I can imagine it with peas as well, it would mold nicely with the flavors! I am 16 years old and had no trouble with this dish, but I’m not exactly new to the kitchen. Anyways just thought I would let you know how much I loved it! Thank you from my family and I! πŸ™‚

  11. Susan says:

    Can this sauce be frozen if there is any left over? (I’m trying it with my picky eaters, so there actually could be some left over!) lol

    • Mel says:

      I’ve never frozen it but I think others have in the comment thread. Because of the high dairy content it might be a little grainy after it defrosts.

      • Brenda Lee Olson says:

        I have been making this for about 5 years. The only thing I do differently is use regular cream cheese, extra garlic; LOVE garlic. I always add cooked chicken breast chunks. This sauce freezes wonderfully!
        Brenda from Wisconsin.

  12. Carolima says:

    Amazing recipe!!! I’m such a huge fan of yours! Love your blog and the recipes you have on here do not fail! πŸ™‚

  13. Elyse says:

    Hi Mel,
    I absolutely love this recipe and my family eats it for dinner at least once a month. It has been life and dinner saving. Thank you! I usually serve it on gnocchi and it is delicious!
    My aunt suggested I make it for our family reunion next weekend and I’m wondering if you think that’s even plausible. There will be 32 adults and 16 children (ages 2-11). That seems like a lot of cream cheese and a really, really big pan! There will be other food served at the meal (chicken, salad, fruit, etc.)
    Advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Elyse – I’ve never made this in a larger quantity than quadrupling the recipe but if you have the time/willpower you could certainly make a couple really large batches. I wouldn’t suggest doing more than quadrupling each batch (so you’d need several quadrupled batches, I think). I have learned with this sauce that unfortunately, it doesn’t stay warm well in a crockpot (it gets kind of grainy especially if the heat is too high) so keep that in mind. Good luck!

      • Elyse says:

        Thanks so much Mel! So when you quadrupled it, did you quadruple all the ingredients or did you go easy on certain ingredients (ie salt and pepper?)
        Thanks again!

        • Mel says:

          Hi Elyse – I just added salt and pepper to taste so yes, I probably went a little easy when adding everything else and tasted it at the end. Also, I think with a quadrupled recipe, I only added a double amount of Parmesan.

  14. Sher says:

    This was really good. All 4 of us gobbled it right up! I doubled everything to make a bigger batch. I also subbed bagged, shredded parmesan-romano for the cheese. We added precooked chicken to ours at the end. Yum!

  15. Lisa says:

    Delicious! I had some frozen mushroom ravioli I coated in the sauce. I also sautΓ©ed shrimp in old bay, threw that in the sauce as well as some fresh spinach. After mixing sauce, pasta, and cooked shrimp all together, I served topped with more fresh grated Parmesan and chopped Roma tomatoes (fresh, uncooked). It was a huge hit!

  16. RJ says:

    I was looking to make good use of the limited ingredients I currently had. So glad I found this recipe! Just made it, tastes divine!!! Will definitely be trying out more from your site.

  17. Chad says:

    Pouring sauce over pasta is a poor way to serve a dish, especially with penne. This is a typical American cooking mistake. Toss them together before servingv to coat the pasta, and it’s noticeably better.

  18. Cheryl KY says:

    I made this last week and my husband and I really enjoyed it! My 12 year old thought it was too salty. After tasting it again, I think she is correct, so I will either use less salt or unsalted butter. Mel, did you use regular butter or unsalted butter?

  19. Mark B says:

    I just made the sauce and my whole family loved it, even my finicky 10yo daughter. It was as easy to make as Mel says it is and full of flavor. I poured it over whole grain linguine and chicken. I browned the chicken cutlets and seasoned them with Weber’s Roasted Garlic and Herb grill seasoning. It was awesome. Thanks for the great recipes.

  20. Callie says:

    Made this with pasta and chicken and it was delicious! Had to comment and share-if you have leftovers of the sauce it is to die for on steamed broccoli! Thanks for another great recipe!

  21. Martha says:

    Just made this and it came out great. Thxs for sharing.

  22. Ana Vuki says:

    I tried this recipe for my nutrition cooking class and I added a little bit of milk to thin out the sauce. It tasted great and a lot of people enjoyed it. I cooked it with a small box of rotini pasta (cooked Al Dente) and the sauce evenly coated the pasta πŸ™‚
    Not too heavy and just tasty overall!

  23. Leanne says:

    We loved this sause! It was so delicious and simple to make. I made a couple changes though, I used 5 cloves of garlic instead of 3 and I added chives for a little extra flavor. We tossed it with shrimp and spaghetti noodles and it was amazing. This is by far our favorite sause and will be our new go to for garlic Alfredo sauce! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe !!

  24. Drew says:

    This was so good, thanks for another great recipe!! I used low fat (neufchatel) cream cheese and 2% milk and I didn’t notice any graininess. It seemed a little thin so I stirred it quite a bit to thicken it up and then once I had it mixed in with pasta and sitting for a few minutes it thickened up perfectly. My husband loved it and I’m already thinking about how good the leftovers will be πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  25. Selam says:

    I’ve been trying and loving your recipes for the past three years and I just wanted to tell you how absolutely amazing you are! This recipe is another keeper. I seasoned some shrimp with a little old bay before tossing them in to cook right after the cheese was all melted. Served it with a caesar salad and garlic bread. Absolutely amazeballs delicious. Thank you again for being so awesome πŸ™‚

  26. Becca says:

    Made this tonight to use for a chicken alfredo stuffed shell…absolutely spectacular. It is creamy and smooth and just delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.

  27. Chris says:

    Can I freeze this sauce? I’ve read that cream sauces don’t thaw well but technically this recipe doesn’t have cream in it. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Chris – I haven’t frozen this sauce so I’m not sure how it would fare. My guess is that it might get a little grainy after thawing but it might be worth a try. Good luck!

    • Kelly says:

      I freeze it pretty often, and it reheats well on the stove over warm heat. I usually make a double batch and freeze half. Hope that helps!

  28. Melissa says:

    Hi Mel – I love all your recipes and tried this one for a lunch/dinner option today. I added a full brick of of cream cheese (the shame lol) but the cream cheese was greek yogurt cream cheese so I think that justifies the full brick right? πŸ˜‰ I added the extra as I found the sauce a bit too think otherwise, but I used a half a cup of water to dilute the half cup of 5% cream I had to use because I didn’t have milk – I thought that was a good substitute but perhaps it wasn’t..thus I used the full brick of cream cheese. All in all it is very good – and verrryyy filling! Thanks for the fast and tasty meals!

  29. DaleAnn says:

    Great recipe. Never made it before. The family can’t wait till I make it again. Thanks!

  30. Aubrey says:

    Made this tonight for my family get together. It was so good. It was perfectly thick. I love that I can trust you Mel. I have been cooking your recipes for about a year and they are all so good.

  31. Mandy Manuel says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sauce. I make it whenever I have a creamy sauce itch that needs to be scratched. Best part about it (well, besides the deliciousness) is that it’s soooooo easy!
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  32. lyn says:

    hi, i would like to know if there is substitute for parmesan cheese it’s kinda expensive here in philippines. can i used local cheese or any avail cheese what we have?

    • Mel says:

      Lyn – I’m really not familiar with other cheeses in the Philippines – you might look for another firmer-type cheese that melts well. Sorry I am not more help.

  33. TJMom says:

    I have been looking for a alfredo recipe for days and I would like to try yours. But do u know whether I can used grated parm?

  34. AnnieK says:

    Made this as a side (on penne) with your absolutely wonderful lemon garlic grilled chicken for my kids + 2 extra picky guest kiddos & they all gobbled it up. Woot! One of my daughters said she will never eat restaurant alfredo again…only this!!! Thanks for the recipe! My kids have been dependent on restaurants for alfredo, as I will NOT buy alfredo in a jar. I do agree with them this is better than restaurant! Amen.

  35. Christy says:

    Your blog is seriously my go-to blog for recipes I know I can trust. I have tried many sauces and this one is the keeper! We love it so much. I’ve made it a few times now and am getting ready to make it again now. Thanks for always posting the best recipes!

  36. Savannah says:

    This recipe disappointed me a little, wasn’t as great as I was hoping. Has a fairly good taste but does not really have the right consistency. A good starter recipe. Could use a few enhancements.

  37. Andrea says:

    Hi, Mel! I love this site! Question about the sauce. We loved the flavor, but it turned out grainy. Used full fat cream cheese. Shredded my own parmesan. Cooked it longer to melt the cheese. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? Thank you for your help!

    • Mel says:

      Andrea – Like how grainy? Like cornmeal? Adding the Parmesan slowly to let it melt a handful at a time can make a difference. I’ve noticed when I cook it too long it gets a little grainy – there’s a sweet spot of letting the cheese melt but not cooking too long, I think.

  38. Jill says:

    Hi Mel…I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog! I found it a little less than a year ago when I was looking for a recipe for homemade pita and I have been cooking my way through your blog ever since. Anyway my picky 3 year old loved this recipe…dinner time has been a struggle lately and he couldn’t eat this fast enough. About halfway through he stopped to say, “I love this dinner Mama!” I added chicken and broccoli and he cleaned his plate. Thanks for all your recipes and all you do!

  39. Gail says:

    Saw this pop up on my Facebook feed a few days ago. I was like, “Mel’s pregnant!” Then I saw the post was from 2011…

    HOW did I miss this recipe? It is incredible!

    It was so easy and so good! Huge hit! It has already been re requested a couple of times by my husband and son.

    Thanks for another great recipe.

  40. Tiffany says:

    Mel – Thank you for this recipe! I am just now leaving work @ 7:30 PM…I am a lawyer :(…and I have nothing to eat at home! I finished my leftovers of your new lemon and garlic pasta with spinach for lunch (which turned out to be great…though I did add quite a bit more butter to make it I’m sure much less healthy lol). I have a bible study meeting in 15 mins so I won’t get home until 9:15 or so and I was just thinking about how hungry I am! Thankfully I have all the ingredients necessary to make this right in my fridge/pantry. You are a lifesaver. Thank you for your hard work. It has saved my stomach MANY times πŸ™‚

  41. Amber says:

    Hey there! This looks delish! Have you ever used it in a pasta bake? Wondering about making it ahead of time – pouring over slightly underdone noodles and baking it when I have a sitter coming for the kids. Thoughts?

  42. Jessica says:

    Oh my!!! congratulations! Six kids are the best! Thank you for sharing,
    best wishes on your new bundle!

  43. Daniella says:

    This was perfection! My kids loved it and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it reheated the next day. I will definitely be keeping the ingredients for this recipe on hand. Thank you!

  44. Betsy says:

    I was looking for an Alfredo Sauce recipe to use at a “Pasta Party” dinner for my daughter’s high school volleyball team. I tripled the recipe and it turned out great! Many of the girls complimented it and came back for seconds. I saved the leftovers and have reheated them without any trouble. I’ve reheated it with and without a little extra milk and both methods have turned out fine-one a little thinner than the other. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  45. Kim says:

    Delicious ! We love alfredo sauce but I always bought store bought even though I found it to be too salty. I had tried once to make it when I got a Magic Bullet. The recipe was in the little book of recipes you get with it. It was a lot of work, turned out more green than white and was way too garlicky. Needless to say I never made it again.
    Your recipe on the other hand was quick and easy with fresh ingredients.You know what is in it since you make it. I will make it again and again and again and again….. Thank you Mel πŸ™‚

  46. Samantha says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was a hit! My fiance, who is not a fan of alfredo sauce, says this is the best one he’s ever had and he definitely wants to make it again! Thanks!

  47. Jennifer says:

    OMG! This seems sooo yummy πŸ˜€ i am gonna try πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and the picture makes it look even yummier

  48. Stacy W. says:

    Monday night dinner!

  49. Maria says:

    Do you use fresh parmesan chesse, or just the green tub of the pre-grated stuff? Thanks!

  50. Celestine Favinger says:

    AT LAST —- an Alfredo Sauce that has garlic in the recipe!!! How can anyone live without garlic? I’m so glad I found this. BTW, earlier messages mention a pregnancy? Sorry I missed that but HEY CONGRATULATIONS!!! HOPEFULLY a “new chef” in the family. Best of luck!! Celli Favinger

  51. Phyllis says:

    This was wonderful! I served it over some sliced, marinated, grilled wild turkey and bow tie pasta. We had some leftovers that I heated up for our just home from college daughter. She said it was the best homemade Alfredo sauce she’s had :). So it’s a keeper! Simple and reheated wonderfully! THANK YOU!

  52. jennie says:

    we loved this! I’ve tried making alfredo several times before and it’s always been a disaster and I’d be annoyed to have wasted the $ on all that butter, cream and cheese. I saw this and decided to give it one more chance …. success! my whole family loved it and it was so easy. Thanks so much for sharing! I love that it’s lower fat – I just used the skim milk I had on hand and even then it was creamy and tasty – I did add a little bit of a thickener from Kitchen Kneads, probably wouldn’t have needed that if I’d used a higher fat milk.

  53. Teri Larsen says:

    Tried this sauce last night and it was fabulous – and super quick/easy! I never have cream on-hand, so this was a great find. I added some veggies and leftover ham to the mix to make a complete, one-dish meal. Excellent. Thanks for sharing it!

  54. Rob says:

    Love this alfredo sauce. Ive had it in the past but lost the recipe. Now I have it back. Love it with grilled chicken and brocolli. My 20 yr. old daughter loves it because its light and semi-healthy.

  55. Lindsey says:

    I adore this sauce. Tonight was a “no dinner night” but thanks to this recipe we had fettucini Alfredo with broccoli and chicken. Yum! So fast and easy and delicious! I make it with skim milk and 1/3 fat cream cheese and it comes out tasting great every time!

  56. katrina says:

    I had no cream and tons of whole milk, was out of spaghetti sauce but had nothing but pasta for dinner. This recipe saved me!

    I only had about 2 oz of reduced fat cream cheese, and about 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. I think the whole milk aided in the creaminess, though, and I just cooked it a little longer to thicken it a little more. Mixed it with peas and chopped ham and stirred it into ziti. It was fantastic!

  57. Melody says:

    I was searching for a garlic alfredo sauce and stumbled upon it here. I LOVE your blog and every recipe I have tried and don’t know why I didn’t check here FIRST! I actually used this sauce to make a homemade garlic chicken pizza. A-MAZING!! Thank you so much for helping fulfill a craving tonight. πŸ™‚

  58. Tara says:

    As usual, we loved the recipe!! I was worried I wouldn’t have enough sauce because I decided to toss in a bunch of fresh spinach at the last minute that I found wilting in the fridge – it was plenty of sauce for the 1/2 box of penne I used. Thank you so much for another great recipe!!

  59. Amy says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight and my kids actually ate it and want me to make it again. So yummy!!! Will double the recipe next time so I can put a bit more on our noodles. Thank you. Been trying a few of your recipes and I’m very pleased.

  60. Mel says:

    Jennifer – this will reheat just fine as long as you reheat over low heat.

  61. Jennifer says:

    We live in Suriname (do you know where that is?) and so I can’t get a lot of convenience foods here. I am excited to try this here. However, since it so hot here year around, I tend to make my suppers in the morning when it is cooler and then re-heat right before supper. I’m not sure this will reheat well. What do you think?

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  64. kira says:

    Not that this post needs a comment but this was delicious and simple. Thank you. Even our “no sauce please on my noodles”son decided he wanted sauce. Cant wait to try it out on an Alfredo pizza braid.

  65. Jennifer says:

    Hey, this recipe looks soooo good, I must try. But the thickness threw me off a little considering I like thick sauce as well πŸ™‚ so I looked up ways to thicken your sauce, and all you need is TWO EGG YOLKS… I was like “well, thats easy” haha here is the site I found

  66. Amy Wolin says:

    So delicious!!! Another keeper recipe from you! Congrats on your new baby! I’m expecting in July and my dinners are getting lazier and lazier, but this sauce may just save my buns for the next months.

  67. Megan S. says:

    Delicious! I esp like grating my own Parmesan from the brick, it seems to have better flavor.

  68. Jamie says:

    Yes, I did it gradually and left it on for longer haha. I guess next time I’ll try less milk, or maybe add some heavy cream or something.

  69. Mel says:

    Jamie – did you add the milk gradually? Garlic powder verses garlic cloves won’t make a difference on thickness. On occasion when I’ve made this, I’ve had to cook it a bit longer for it to thicken so maybe try cooking longer or adding a bit less milk. Good luck!

  70. Jamie says:

    I just made this recipe for my dinner and I was excited because when I added the cream cheese it seemed like I found an alfredo sauce that would be thick! But as soon as I added the milk it got super thin, like water thin, and never thickened up. I used garlic powder instead of the garlic cloves, I’m not sure if that would change the thickness.

    It tastes great though so I’d love it if anyone had any ideas on how to make it thicker?

  71. Kellie says:

    Yum yum yum! Made this tonight for dinner, and it is definitely going on the menu for the week after the baby is born next month! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Mel says:

    Michelle – I’ve never used it in the crockpot so I don’t know how the consistency would fare. Sorry I’m not more help – let me know if you try it!

  73. Michelle says:

    I was wondering, can i use this for the crockpot alfredo chicken? Thanks.

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  76. Hey Mel! I just wanted to say that somehow I missed your pregnancy announcement way back when and just saw it today in your post! So exciting! I hope everything is going well and that you are healthy and excited. πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!

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  78. Catherine says:

    This was absolutely amazing. And so simple! I grilled some boneless chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper and poured the sauce over angel hair pasta. Yum! My boyfriend hates pasta, and loved this dish! This recipe is definitely a keeper. πŸ™‚

  79. Mathea says:

    Looks like a great recipe, we will give it a try and look at the nutritionals to see how they stack up!

  80. AndyD says:

    Thanks guys! I’ll be cooking dinner for my new girlfriend for the first time tomorrow night. I think this is what I’m going to make. I’ve got to make a good first impression!

  81. Mel says:

    AndyD – I think the simplest way to add chicken to this is to grill/broil or cook the chicken separately then slice and serve with the pasta and sauce. You could marinade the chicken many different ways or just use a simple seasoning of salt and pepper.

  82. Jen says:

    AndyD— I usually grill it after marinating in Italian dressing, or bake it; or pan sear it (all after marinating in Italian dressing or sprinkling with garlic and Italian seasonings). HTH

  83. AndyD says:

    Love this recipe! I do have a question though, how would you add chicken to this?

  84. Kensi says:

    This sauce was delicious! I used it to replace the jar alfredo sauce in this recipe… and everyone loved it!!

    I always feel like I’m cheating on you when I try recipes from other food blogs, but I promise you’re still my number one favorite, go-to recipe spot of ALL time!! Thanks for everything Mel!!

  85. Jen says:

    I’ve been using a version of this for years now, actually! And when I first found it, it was titled something like “Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce.” I won’t go that far, but it is still VERY GOOD. I also make mine with light cream cheese (I agree on the slight graininess but didn’t know that’s why— I’ve never made it with full-fat cream cheese and always assumed it was the Kraft green-bottled grated parm! lol) and 1% milk. LOVE IT. So good with quickly pan-fried pounded out chicken cutlets and a nice salad. Or with broccoli in with the pasta. YUM. This is also one of my go-to “ohmygoshit’sdinnerandIhavenothingplannedyet” dinner decisions. Thanks!

  86. oldestgenxer says:

    I have been looking for a better way to make an alfredo sauce. I will try it. I will see. And I will report back.

    Challenge accepted.

  87. Alina says:

    I love Alfredo Sauce but never, even in my wildest of imaginations, did I think I could make it at home! Made it tonight and I still can’t get over that it was β€œme” who made it! Everyone loved it!!! Thank you so much for this delicious and oh so easy to make recipe!

  88. tonya says:

    This is the first time I almost doubted you. Alfredo Sauce is one of my favorites & I just use a storebought jar when I eat it at home. It scared me to think of making this, anticipating the flavor I like so much, & being disappointed. Is that a little overly dramatic or what? Anyway, I should have known better than to doubt. I took a deep breath & tried this tonight & was thrilled with the result! Wow!! No storebought sauce for us anymore!!

  89. Jen says:

    This is the same recipe I use for our “light” alfredo sauce. We also use 1% milk and light /neufacthl (sp) cream cheese. We LOVE it. I use a LOT more milk (at least double, maybe triple?) and let it cook a good long time to boil down/thicken.

  90. Claudia says:

    A belated congrats on your pregnancy announcement and also a huge thanks for this simple yet absolutely delicious recipe.

  91. Heidy says:

    This was the first recipe that I tried from your blog a couple of months ago. It was so yummy! Kept me coming back to try new recipes! Haven’t found anything that we haven’t liked so far! Thanks for all the tasty recipes!

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  93. Tannis says:

    So easy, and sooo good!! I made this up real quick before my daughter’s dance class. I love an easy recipe that tastes amazing!

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  95. Susannah says:

    This is a go-to dinner saver! My 7 year old daughter loved making this with me. She calls it her special sauce. It tasted great with low fat cream cheese. Thanks again for this fast and easy recipe. It definitely saves me from dinner stress when the week gets busy, busy, busy! πŸ™‚

  96. Melanie A. says:

    I made this tonight and everyone in my family gobbled up their noodles without any complaints. That’s a success in my book! I really enjoyed this, although I think that I will omit the salt next time.

  97. I made this the other night and it was SO GOOD. I’ve never made alfredo sauce from scratch before but this recipe is a keeper. I’m glad I didn’t have to mess around with making a roux, makes life so much easier.

    The bf told me to keep this in the weekly roundup. I’m sure this sauce will be a great addition to so many dishes. Thanks again!

  98. Elena says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. Each pregnancy and birth is a miracle. I will be praying for you. This looks delish! I am going to try it with your Garlic Lemon Grilled Chicken. As my little gal would say “Num-Num!”

  99. Jason says:

    Yummy! Looks like I’ll be cooking that tonight!

  100. Deb says:

    YUM! Made this for dinner tonight and added sauteed chicken and broccoli on top. It was delicious! I was impressed how smooth this came out (and I even used the lowfat cream cheese!). Had great garlic flavor. Will definitely make again.

  101. Tyson says:

    I’m ALWAYS in the mood for pasta! Stumbledupon this after dinner tonight, so guess what’s on the menu for tomorrow night! Thanks!

  102. Amanda says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some homemade alfredo sauce. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll try it out next time we are in the mood for pasta!

  103. AnnetteBrunette says:

    Hmmm. Mel, this sauce went horribly wrong for me, but I think that could be because I am not that great of a cook and my house is a bit chaotic. I could tell while we were eating it that if someone else had made it it would have been yummy. πŸ™

  104. Parool says:

    Hiiii Melanie!
    This is so tempting! Cant wait to try it πŸ™‚


  105. Sherry says:

    I have a similar recipe and love it. I am going to try yours, it is probably even better. We add frozen peas and ham if we have it on hand.

  106. Jennifer says:

    My husband loves stuffed shells but my daughter hates anything with tomatoes. This reciepe was a hit! I made stuffed shells and did not put sauce on a couple of them. When they came out of the oven I put the no sauce ones on a plate with this sauce and they were gone first!

  107. Gina says:

    Made this sauce last night and WOW, it was DELICIOUS! One thing though, we found the sauce a bit salty, next time I’m going to omit the salt. I will be using this recipe over and over again!

    Thanks Mel!

  108. Stacie D. says:

    Congratulations, Mel! What great news. I don’t know how you keep up with this blog with four little ones and one on the way! I sure am glad you do, though. Love this alfredo sauce!

  109. Megan says:

    1) Congrats! I don’t know you, nor have I followed your blog, but congrats (: (found this on stumble)
    2) This was AMAZING. Tried it tonight, best Alfredo ever. Better than restaurant! Threw some shrimp in, amazing. Definitely a keeper.

  110. Gina says:

    Congratulations Mel!!! How exciting! I was thinking of making ravioli with an Alfredo sauce for dinner this week. I was in search of a good Alfredo sauce recipe but not anymore!! I’m sure this will taste wonderful!

  111. Cass says:

    Oh my goodness, I made this in a pinch last week. My husband came home from work late and walked in the door and he immediately stopped in his tracks and said “whoa, that smells like flavor!” It was wonderful, I just paired it with some linguini and some chicken seasoned with italian herbs. Favorite.

  112. Brittannia says:

    Mel, this is my first time commenting but definitely not the first time reading and cooking your recipes!!! As my family would say I am obbsessed!! But I wanted to thank you for all the recipes and the time of doing your fabulous blog!! I have 3 small children and am expecting my 4th and am very sick/high risk myself. I don’t know how you do it… simply amazing!! My husband works a cross the country and is home for a minute and is very excited to eat this for dinner tonight and I know it will be great! CONGRATS and good luck on your new bundle of joy! Thanks again so much!!

  113. I’m always on the lookout for good Alfredo recipes. Can’t wait to try this!

  114. Miriam says:

    Yum yum yum, not good on an empty stomach! Making this tomorrow!

  115. gail says:

    Congratulations Mel!! Hope all goes well for you and the little baby. Put your feet up when you can and keep eating delicious and healthy food!

  116. Dena says:

    Made this last night for my husband. He said it was just as good as Olive Garden. I grilled some Italian sausages and put them on top. He only complained that it wasn’t a never ending pasta bowl! Thanks Mel!

  117. Camille says:

    Mel, I made this tonight after a hectic piano teaching day and no dinner plan and my kids DEVOURED it. That is saying something! Thanks! I’m sure it will be made weekly!

  118. Food Lover says:

    mmmm yummy, one of the best comfort food πŸ™‚

  119. yay, congratulations!! and thanks for the tip, i’ll probably make this tonight because it’s already feeling like a non-dinner day πŸ™‚

  120. Alyssa says:

    This is so fantastic and EASY. About 5 years ago I tried making “real” alfredo sauce and it was a disaster. I decided to try this recipe and *maybe* redeem myself, as my husband has not let me live down the previous disaster. He just ate a big bowl and said that I redeemed myself πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for sharing!

  121. Stephanie says:

    This looks amazing! I’m adding it to my recipe box. More importantly, though, congratulations! I hope you have a healthy, uneventful pregnancy.

  122. Stephanie says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight. YUM!! Thanks for such a simple but yummy recipe!

  123. Kate says:

    Congrats! I’m expecting my second little one the beginning of april myself! I made this last night but added chicken and broccoli. My husband loved it and even referred to it as “restaurant quality”! I always know you can’t go wrong trying something from your blog! Thanks!! You have inspired many great dinners at my house!

  124. Kimberly Christiansen says:

    First of all congrats on the pregnancy! I have two boys and love them to pieces, so like you I wouldn’t mind having another little boy. πŸ˜‰
    As for the Alfredo pasta, I made it last night and L-O-V-E-D that it was SOOOOO easy and quick to make! It was delish. My hubby and I are not huge fans of Alfredo but this one sounded so good and the fact that it looked like a quick meal, it won me over. I think next time I will hold off on the salt though. I forgot how salty Parmesan is so it was a little much for me. But that is an easy fix. πŸ™‚ Definitely a keeper in my home. Thanks!

  125. Amy V says:

    I just made this tonight and it was delicious!! The only thing that I would say I had trouble with is that my parmesan cheese took a really long time to melt and get incorporated into the cream cheese/butter/garlic base. But I stuck with it and it can out great!! Congrats on your little bun in the oven!!

  126. Whitney says:

    Congrats Mel! So exciting for you and your family πŸ™‚ Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy.

  127. Hillary says:

    This was great! I was worried at first because, even after cooking for a bit, the sauce seemed thin but it thickened up as it cooled. Even my 15 mos. old gobbled it right up.

  128. Bri says:

    Made this tonight and it was really tasty. Definitely will be a repeat! My son at his WHOLE dinner!

  129. Mandie says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’ll be sending good thoughts your way πŸ™‚

  130. Niki says:

    Congratulations!!! I am 11 weeks with my 5th. I have 4 boys and they are adament that it can NOT be a girl lol!! This recipe is going to help A LOT, this last month has been rough in the making dinner department!

  131. Jill says:

    Congratulations!!! And thank you for saving our dinner tonight. I had broccoli and pasta and now we have Alfredo to pull it all together. Hooray!!!

  132. Marie says:

    Congratulations! I’m 12 weeks along and trying to get back into the kitchen and the grocery store. I love cooking and I love you website. I’m hoping to regain my food energies and try more of your recipes soon.

  133. Deanna says:

    This looks yummy! I might have to invite someone over to eat it with me since the hubby doesn’t like cream cheese and the baby isn’t old enough. πŸ™‚ Congrats on the new addition!!! So exciting.

  134. Heidi says:

    I am a first time commentor to your blog, but not a first time user. I have been using recipies for months now, and LOVE them all. Thanks for keeping our hungry bellies happy! Congrats on the baby!

  135. Ciara says:

    Congratulations!! I hope you and baby are happy and healthy during this pregnancy!

  136. Kat says:

    I have been making a recipe very similar to this (a bit more butter and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic) for years now. I love how quick, easy, and absolutely delicious it is! Congrats on the baby! I’m expecting too, and I know how hard it is to get dinner on the table! And I only have a one year old and a hubby to worry about! Hope all continues to go well with you and your family.

  137. Connie says:

    Congrats on the baby – how exciting!

  138. Cheri Wegwitz says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy!!!! I just love stalking your blog!!! P.S. Can’t wait to try this…I’ve been looking for a go-to alfredo sauce.

  139. Em says:

    I will be trying this soon! It looks really yummy and easy. And congratulations on the pregnancy!!! I have 4 girls and I don’t dare press my luck for another one….I would probably end up with another girl!

  140. Bri says:

    Mel, so so happy to hear this news. YAY!!! Our babes will be a few weeks apart! I’m 11 weeks tomorrow. I hear you on being scared about announcing. We’ve had 4 miscarriages in a row, so this time around has been extremely monitored and worrisome. Just know miscarriage drops to 2% after the 10th week of pregnancy (that’s what I keep telling myself, but I’m still a basket case sometimes). Hugs to you and your cute family. I think it’s adorable you are hoping for a cute little boy. There really is nothing better in this world than little boys! A girl would be wonderful too, but little boys melt my heart in a way a girl can’t!

  141. Loy says:

    This looks like a great one, Mel. It is the first thing to go my Friday Finds list this week. Congratulations, and I will be praying that all continues to go well with both you and baby. How exciting for your family.

  142. Tammy says:

    Sooooo excited for you! Will keep you in my prayers. Hugs!

  143. Zoe says:

    Congratulations! I love alfredo sauce!! YUM!! I’ve never knew how alfredo sauce are so easy to make. Thanks!

  144. tonya says:

    How exciting!! Congratulations!

  145. Jules says:

    Alfredo Sauce!!! Love it!!And add garlic to and it is soo much better!!
    Just thought That I would let you know that your butter and eggs are on sale again at Kwik Trip! Eggs are .99 and butter $1.99. good through 12/9! With all the baking you do and close by!
    Have a good week…Jules your Kwik Trip lady!!!!!
    Keep the recipes comin! Love them!!!

  146. jnl2211 says:

    Just wanted to pop in and say “CONGRATS!!!” I hope you have a smooth pregnancy. With a just turned 2 year old and 4 month old twins, I’m excited that you’ll probably be posting fast, easy dinners more often now that you’re expecting πŸ™‚

  147. Michaela says:

    wow, congrats! hope all goes well.
    you are incredible for keeping up with your awesome blog and a growing family behind you. must be so much work and I appreciate it a lot!

  148. heather says:

    congratulations!!! such happy news : )

  149. Leigh Anne says:

    Congrats indeed! How exciting! And thanks for the Alfredo recipe…..we love alfredo anything around here. I’ve tried one similar in the past, but had forgotten about it. Thx for the reminder!

  150. Emily Marie says:

    Congratulations! I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly and quickly and safely for you and baby!

  151. Sara says:

    This is just how we make alfredo sauce and love it! Congratulations on being pregnant. That is great.

  152. Becky says:

    Congrats on your pregnancy. I know that miscarriages give you a scare and it’s hard to enjoy pregnancy the same way afterwards. Hoping you have an uneventful and healthy pregnancy. The alfredo sauce looks like it will make the menu this week as DH will be at work for some dinners. Thanks!

  153. Brooke says:

    Congrats! I hope you feel well…and that things go well for you!

  154. Lindsay says:

    Mel, you can’t leave us hanging like that. Congrats! When are you due? Do you know what you’re having? So exciting! I hope you are getting over the feeling yucky stage! And this looks amazing….thanks for sharing!

  155. Laura says:

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  156. sara says:

    Congratulations, Mel! Such happy news!

  157. Jenny says:

    Hooray for you and your family, Mel! πŸ™‚

  158. Keri says:

    I love to make this. I’ll often skip the cream cheese and milk and just use fat free half and half. It’s super creamy minus the fat. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the news!

  159. Brittany C. says:

    Congrats!!!! That is super exciting! Hope you are feeling ok. I have a recipe very similar to this and we absolutely LOVE it. It’s the only alfredo I will make or eat. I refuse to make a cream/butter filled kids. yikes. I am going to try yours, because let’s be honest, everything you make is divine!

  160. Tristan says:

    Congratulations Mel on your pregnancy!! I’ll be praying for your health and the little nugget’s health!! I am positive everything will go smoothly!

  161. Emily says:

    Congratulations! So excited for you! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well. πŸ™‚

  162. Mame M says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy!!! This is a great recipe for when the hubby is out of town bc I love Alfredo and well, he doesn’t like it at all :o)

  163. Sarah says:

    Congratulations, Mel, I’m so happy for you! This will be on my menu this very week!

  164. I HAVE to try this. I’m always looking for new pasta recipes. It looks amazing!! And they’re all pantry staples except for the cream cheese. Grocery store here I come!!!

    Thanks for posting this and congrats on your pregnancy!

  165. Lin says:

    Yay, congratulations on being pregnant! Thanks for this easy & delicious looking recipe…anything that’s easy to make is my kind of recipe πŸ™‚

  166. Amanda M says:

    Yes! I’m looking forward to trying this… I’ve been looking for a delicious (relatively easy) alfredo sauce! Congrats on the little one on the way!

  167. Melanie says:

    Congratulations! Your recipes continue to be my favorites- I keep recommending your website to everyone that likes my cooking!

  168. Kira says:

    Congratulations! Nothing like a new baby on the way. Hope all goes well for you.

  169. Alisa says:


    The alfredo sounds fantastic also.

  170. Lorie says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you! Happy and Healthy 9 (really 10) months!

  171. AnnetteBrunette says:

    Congrats Mel! This is exciting! Oh and well done on the pregnancy too πŸ™‚

  172. Heather Bell says:

    Looks delicious and congratulations!!

  173. Teresa says:

    OBTW Congratulations, Will keep you and yours in my prayers. I have 5 children, the first four were girls and number 5 was the boy:) 20 years between my oldest and youngest.

  174. Teresa says:


    I have been usin cream cheese for the base in my alfredo sauce for years. My Italian mother would not approve if she were here πŸ™‚ Anyhoo, I use it for my caterings, and here at the school. Sometimes I add chopped broccoli, we love grilled shrimp, stir in lump crabmeat, (better than Red Lobster) the possibilities are endless. When I have leftover veggies from a veggie tray, I toss them in evoo, roast them and stir it in the alfredo. I love tomato alfredo so sometimes I add fresh chopped tomatoes, if they aren’t in season a small can of petite diced tomatoes. Just wanted to share.

  175. Megan says:

    Congrats Mel! Awesome news. On my third boy I never told anyone that I hoped it was a boy because everyone assumed I wanted a girl and thought I was crazy for wanting another boy! I can’t wait to try this Alfredo….

  176. Liz K. says:

    Congratulations! That is such fantastic news! I haven’t made my menu for the week but I am sure this sauce will be one of the dinners. I am positive all of my family will like it!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, everyone! I’m only about 14 weeks along and even then hesitated to share the news thanks to a miscarriage earlier this year and some previous health concerns that have made this pregnancy high-risk. But things are going better and we hope to have a healthy baby here in April! Of course my four boys are dying to know if they are going to get a little sister (and I don’t have the heart to tell them that I still have my hopes up for a sweet little boy). Thanks, again!

  177. Christina says:

    Congratulations! I am 26 weeks pregnant and completely understand the need for quick, simple meals.

  178. Tiffany says:

    Congrats! When pregnant with my first (some 15 years ago…oh gosh that makes me feel old) Alfredo was something I just couldn’t look at. I am glad to say that once I had him that all went away. This looks fantastic! Hope you are feeling well, and no aversions to food.

  179. Anne says:

    This is almost EXACTLY like the kind I make [ I add a cup more milk and 1/2 cup more freshly shredded parmesan]. And you aren’t kidding about it being the one dish I know ALL of my 3 finicky little ones will actually eat! So glad you found it, especially at such a time when I know it’s hard [did I mention about the THREE kids?] to get inspired at dinnertime. Congratulations!

  180. Renee says:

    Congratulations! How exciting! This recipe looks great. My kids love alfredo sauce much more than meat or marinara sauce. They always order it out at restaurants. Occasionally, I buy the jarred stuff for them. Not very tasty, but they like it. I will have to try this. Thanks so much!

  181. Leslie says:

    I’m sure this recipe is delicious but more importantly – congratulations!!!! You rock!!!!

  182. Jessie Romney says:

    I make an alfredo sauce almost exactly like this one and we love it!! Easy and one my whole family gobbles up. Congrats on the upcoming arrival!!!

  183. Stefanie says:

    Congratulations! That is very exciting news.

  184. Erin says:

    I’ve never been an alfredo sauce girl, but with such praises from you, I’ll have to try it.

    Congratulations! How far along are you? I’m coming up on 20 weeks and am way into food. Hope you’re feeling well!

  185. Kim in MD says:

    Congratulations, Melanie! I’m so happy for you and Brian! πŸ™‚

    This alfredo sauce looks so delicious and yet so easy. Great food styling, too-I love the photo with the green plate under the white bowl…it really makes the dish “pop”! Oh, and I know what you mean about your children begging for the same recipe over and over. In my house it’s your One-Skillet Penne with Sausage recipe that is requested at least once a week! Although I love it, I hope that by the time my children are 42 someone else is making it for them, too! πŸ˜‰

  186. nikki says:

    Thanks, my kids will love this one!! Congratulations on your pregnancy (that is what you said right??) I have 2 boys and people are always pressuring me to have a girl, like I have a choice in the matter. Anyway, God Bless

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