If you love Olive Garden’s Alfredo sauce then you are going to want to make this Olive Garden Alfredo Copy Cat Recipe ASAP! It is the PERFECT homemade alfredo sauce recipe! In fact, my whole family thinks this easy alfredo sauce recipe is better than Olive Garden’s!
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
If it were up to my kids we would be eating at Olive Garden every other day JUST for their Alfredo. That is not possible in my budget nor the time it takes for us to get to Olive Garden so I needed an option that I can make right at home. I headed to the kitchen and out came this Olive Garden Alfredo Copy Cat Recipe! This Olive Garden Alfredo Copy Cat Recipe hits the spot perfectly whenever we are wanting some Olive Garden.
This homemade alfredo sauce is rich and creamy with just the perfect amount of garlic and parmesan cheese. It is perfect for putting over pasta and using as a dipping sauce for breadsticks. This easy to make alfredo sauce recipe has been a family favorite for years and I am so excited to share this Alfredo sauce recipe with you.
If you love Alfredo make sure you check out these other tasty Alfredo Recipes:
- One Pot Chicken Alfredo
- Shrimp Alfredo
- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Spaghetti Squash
- Chicken Asparagus Alfredo Pasta
And if you love Olive Garden make sure you check out Copy Cat Olive Garden Ziti al Forno, it is sooo good!
What is the best pasta to use with Alfredo Sauce?
You can make this even more awesome by making homemade pasta to go with it, however boxed pasta will work just fine too. This recipe makes enough for a 1 pound box of pasta and feeds our family of 5. You can easily double and triple the recipe if needed.
If you are doing Keto then you can serve it over homemade Zoodles!! It tastes amazing that way too even if you are not eating Keto:)
What to serve with Alfredo
Prep a salad and some breadsticks if you want to, but I find a loaf of fresh made Italian bread from the grocery store does the trick. Even better when I make this dinner is done in about 20 minutes so this is one of my go to meals when I need a quick awesome dinner!
If you really want to ramp up the game you can grab some Olive Garden Salad dressing here and then put it on your salad. Plus they make Olive Garden Croutons too!! You can really have the WHOLE shebang right at home!!
Tips for Making Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Use fresh shredded or grated cheese for a creamier sauce.
If you want a more saucy pasty dish use 3/4 pound of pasta instead of a full pound.
Alfredo sauce continues to thicken as it cools, allow the sauce to cool a bit instead of adding more cheese to thicken it. Alfredo sauce in general is not a super thick sauce.
Why does my Alfredo sauce gets lumpy? How do I fix it?
If your sauce is lumpy when you get done cooking it is not too hard to fix. Turn the heat to medium heat and then add a little heavy cream and whisk vigorously. Only add a little bit of the heavy cream at a time and every time you add more cream whisk vigorously. Keep doing this until your sauce is the proper consistency.
How Do I thicken my Alfredo Sauce?
If you find when you are done cooking your sauce that it is to runny, all you have to do is add grated parmesan cheese and whisk vigorously until it is all incorporated. You only want to add a little cheese at a time so you don’t end up making it too thick.
What Veggies can I add to Alfredo?
You can also change up this alfredo sauce recipe by adding veggies to it and I have added different veggies lots of time to change it up and it is even more amazing! My two favorite veggies to add are steamed broccoli and steamed spinach. Just steam them and then add them into the sauce once you are done cooking it.
How do I thin out Alfredo Sauce?
If you find your alfredo sauce to be to thick it is easy to thin out. All you have to do is add a little heavy cream and whisk vigorously. Only add a little bit of the heavy cream at a time and every time you add more cream whisk vigorously. Keep doing this until your sauce is the proper consistency.
More Amazing Pasta sauce recipes to try!
- Garlic Cream Sauce
- Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
- Spice Pasta Sauce
- Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce
- Sun dried tomato Pasta Sauce
- Creamy Tomato Sauce
Olive Garden Alfredo Copy Cat Recipe Ingredients
- cream cheese
- heavy whipping cream
- grated parmesan cheese
- garlic powder
- Parsley (optional)
How to Make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Making this homemade Alfredo sauce is easy and it is also a super quick meal too!
Melt the butter and cream cheese in a sauce pan over medium heat. The cream cheese will look a bit strange. It is going to be clumpy and curdled looking but that is how you want it! Trust me on this!
Once melted stir it until you have it as smooth as you can get it. Pour in the whipping cream and turn the heat to medium-high.
Whisk together until butter and cream have combined and until the sauce bubbles slightly.
Add Parmesan cheese and garlic powder and stir to combine well. You want it nice and creamy.
Put it on top of pasta, or veggies, use it as a bread dip and ENJOY!
Easy Pasta Recipes
Pasta Making Supplies
Homemade pasta is so much easier than you think! Here are some of our favorite supplies, whether we are doing homemade or dried pasta from the store!
Olive Garden Alfredo Copy Cat Recipe
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 6 oz grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- Parsley optional
- Melt butter and cream cheese in a sauce pan over medium heat. The cream cheese might look a bit strange it is going to be clumpy and curdled looking but that is how you want it! Once melted stir it until you have it as smooth as you can get it.
- Pour in the whipping cream and turn the heat to medium-high.
- Whisk together until butter and cream have combined and until the sauce bubbles slightly.
- Add Parmesan cheese and garlic powder and stir to combine well. You want it nice and creamy.
15 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving when using Fat free cream cheese
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Comments & Reviews
Yvette Hegler says
Was reading your alfredo recipe you posted and was wondering if you had tried it yet and what your outcome was. You could also add sauteed mushrooms and spinach, Just a thought.
we eat it fairly often 🙂 My family loves it and it is one of their fav meals. I think ill try adding mushrooms and spinach to it next time 🙂
Can i use Parmesean cheese from the bag? Or I shouldnt?
You may used it from a bag.
How much does this make? Enough for 1 lb. of pasta?
yes it makes enough for a pound of pasta 🙂 You can easily double the recipe if you are making more pasta 🙂
Have you ever added chicken? If so how?
Yes, I have chopped up two cooked chicken then topped the pasta with it before pouring on the sauce.
Barb k says
How long can this be stored in the refrigerator
About a week
Can you freeze this (minus the pasta)???
I’m sorry I have never tried.
I have frozen the sauce only many times for a week and it’s fine. I actually put it in freezer bags in one meal portions for a quick yummy lunch
I LOVE this alfredo sauce! Just as good or better than OG!
Our family really liked this recipe. I have been looking and trying different Alfredo recipes and this is by far my favorite. I did not combine the noodles with the sauce since everyone in my family prefers different amounts of sauce. Thanks for a delicious recipe!
Robin Armenta says
My son got married on Sept 29, 2021. They requested I make chicken Alfredo. We grilled the chicken. We used thighs with no bone or skin. We made this sauce recipe of yours and it was a HUGE HIT with all of the guests and, for sure with my son! Thank you for this quick and easy delicious sauce recipe!