Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
If you love the Alfredo sauce at The Olive Garden then you'll really enjoy making this copy cat recipe at home. It uses all the traditional ingredients with optional cream cheese added for an extra creamy texture. Serve it with your favorite pasta, bread sticks and a salad for a complete meal.
recipe at a glance
5 stars - 68 reviews
ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes: 4recipe id: 36454cook method: stovetop
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
In a saucepan combine butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese.
Simmer this until all is melted, and mixed well. Add the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
Simmer this for 15-20 minutes on low.
You may wish to season with a little salt and pepper.
I have done this with half and half, but we prefer the heavy cream. I wouldn't try it with plain milk.
Let the sauce simmer as long as you can! Please note the cream cheese is optional, we add it to aid in thickening the sauce. Olive Garden does not use cream cheese.
710 calories, 74 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams protein per serving
. This recipe is low in carbs.
ratings & reviews
|Nov 13, 2013 cher
I used heavy whipping cream, couldn't find heavy cream, and i'm not cook and don't know if it's the same or not. It was really good, I bought a pint but took out about half cup, and used half a butter stick, but kept everything else the same, and it was perfect. So simple to make, even for me (my husband usually does the cooking). I felt that a whole pint would have been to much for 2 people, and I'm glad I cut some of it out, because I had plenty of leftover sauce so I froze the rest. I would definitely recommend this recipe to other people.
Nov 11, 2013 franticfoodieMember since: November 10, 2013
This is by far my favorite alfredo sauce. Its so creamy and actually has flavor not just like a white sauce.
Oct 8, 2013 rumrunnerMember since: October 8, 2013
Outstanding and super simple!
Jul 27, 2013 Guest Foodie
I love this alfredo sauce. I always add the cream cheese because it adds extra creaminess to the sauce without affecting the flavor. I often add some cooked shrimp and bacon to this and serve it with whatever pasta I have (usually fetttucini if I have it but I've also used everything from rotini to orzo!). It's a pretty foolproof recipe and can be made very quickly so it's good for those nights when you don't have dinner planned and the family is getting hungry!
Jun 5, 2013 Joan
This tastes as good or even better than Olive Garden.
Nov 13, 2012 Guest Foodie
Great recipe. Instead of garlic powder though, I add the same amount of garlic salt which takes care of both the garlic and the salt the recipe recommends adding. I also forgot to get cream cheese one time and added plain yogurt and it still came out awesome.
Nov 6, 2012 catiepat11Member since: November 1, 2012
This is my go-to alfredo recipe now! I think its even better than Olive Garden. Even my fiance who hates alfredo sauce, went back for seconds. It's rich, creamy and delicious!
Jun 27, 2012 Guest Foodie
I was wondering what went wrong with the batch i made. it tasted great the first night, but after refrigerating it seperates. that sucks because i would make a huge batch and freeze it but dont know how to keep it from seperating. any help with this??? thanks
Apr 27, 2012 Ginny
I'm pretty sure Olive garden uses egg yolks too for flavor. About six for that size.
Jan 27, 2012 dog farmer
Delicious recipe! Have been making this for years! Always turns out!!! I usually chop up some imitation crab or add some little salad shrimps to it! Extra Yummmm-o!
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