My family loves fettuccine alfredo so much we have been known to order it as take out from Red Lobster or Olive Garden. Both my thrifty nature and the pride of doing it myself urged me to learn how. Finally, I have cracked the code, got it down to a science, perfected the art and flat out hacked mouthwatering Alfredo sauce. My homemade sauce is easy, cost effective and goes great with so many foods. I bet (like me) you will feel empowered and liberated once you too become the master at making alfredo sauce. Warning: once people taste this they will bug you senseless for more and the recipe. Do yourself a favor, share this blog with them. I’ve made it easy with pictures to illustrate.
Make Restaurant Style Alfredo Sauce at Home for Fraction of Cost
Save money make delicious alfredo sauce at home, it is simple and cost less to make a big batch for the entire family than to buy in restaurants recipe and pictures included
Ingredients to Make Alfredo Sauce
How to Make Alfredo Sauce
The ingredients to make alfredo sauce is simple and goes as follows.
- Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Heavy Cream
- Real Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese (secret ingredient)
How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce
The trick to making a great alfredo sauce is combining all ingredients in the order described and stirring only occasionally with a chopstick slow and gently to avoid causing the cheese to clump together.
Do not whisk, whip or beat the ingredients, this is a slow melt and merge process
Add 1/2 Stick Real Butter to Pot
Use small warming crock pot
Plug in warming crock and add butter. If you do not have a warming crock pot you will want one, they come in handy.
Why Use Warming Crock Pot
I have tried other methods of heating homemade Alfredo sauce all of which proved to be very difficult to control the level of heat which makes it clumpy. I found the crock pot warming pot, with no controls, to be the perfect temperature. It gently melts all the ingredients together without clumping.
Add 3 to 4 Cloves of Garlic
Add three to four cloves of fresh garlic to warming butter.
I like using whole cloves making it easy to remove the garlic before serving, this leaves only the wonderful aroma and flavor.
Since I made this blog I have started using roasted garlic. Simply cut the top off a bunch of garlic, set upright in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or to liking. Hold garlic upside down and gently squeeze, the garlic easily falls out.
Add as much as you like to sauce.
Add Grated Parmesan Cheese
Dump a 12 to 16 ounce container of grated fresh parmesan cheese on top of the melted butter and garlic. Do not stir, simply allow it to rest.
How Much Parmesan Cheese to Use in Aflredo
The trick to getting enough cheese to create that trademark taste and creaminess is adding just enough cream afterwards.
I often add more or less cheese depending on how many people I will be feeding.
The way I make sure to achieve a thick creaming sauce every time is to add the correct ration of heavy cream to cheese.
This ration is simply to add the heavy cream slowly allowing it to drain down in and around the loosely added cheese until you can no longer see the cheese. I mean you can see it but it is covered in cream to the point that it is on the verge of disappearing.
Adding the Heavy Cream to Alfredo Sauce
As outlined above you add enough cream to cover the cheese. I always buy extra cream insuring I have what is needed. Do not substitute milk for cream, it will not work.
How Much to Salt Alfredo Sauce
I add about one teaspoon of sea or himalayan salt to my alfredo. This is a personal preference, add one and wait to add more later after all is melted and ready for a taste test.
Making Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Now is the time to gently fold all the ingredients together. I found evenly mixing and coating the cheese works best.
Please understand this is to be done before everything is heated, the ingredients will be cold during this step. It doesn't require much.
Note: Adding the refrigerated cheese and cream cools the butter down.
Making Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Once you have gently mixed the cheese coating it in the butter and cream put the lid on the warming crock pot and leave it to melt.
This takes about 15 to 20 minutes. It is at this time you can remove lid and stir gently with chop stick.
Stir only enough to keep the ingredients evenly distributed.
You don't want the cheese to ball up, place chop stick in middle of pot and gently move toward perimeter of pot.
Warming Alfredo Sauce Correctly
Remember you are not cooking this sauce yet warming the ingredients till melted together into a creamy sauce.
This is a delicate process but when done correctly it can remain in the warmer throughout the entire meal.
After the gentle stir replace lid to pot and allow to warm another 15 minutes. After this time it should mix together brilliantly. It is now ready to serve over pasta, chicken and veggies.
Secret - If you find your sauce simply isn't thick enough add either chunks cut from the wrapped sort or teaspoons from the tub type of cream cheese. This will thicken it up nicely. Allow the philly cream cheese to melt before stirring, this may take around 5 additional minutes. This does not change the spectacular flavor.
The Pasta I Use for Fettuccine Alfredo