This easy copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe lets you make your restaurant favorite at home! Only a few simple ingredients are needed to whip up this creamy and delicious sauce in minutes.
Anyone that has tried Olive Garden’s Alfredo sauce knows it is worth it is to die for! It is just that delicious!
But, did you know that you can make this delicious concoction at home? You can! And, I’m going to show you how!
The best part is, this easy recipe doesn’t require anything fancy – just simple basic ingredients and standard kitchen tools.
Just wait! You will not believe how easy it is to make this Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe!
Combined with fettuccine pasta you can create the classic fettuccine alfredo. (But you’re free to use it with any type of pasta.)
As you can guess, the main ingredients in this creamy sauce are all dairy products including butter, heavy cream, parmesan and romano cheeses.
For the best results, I recommend using freshly grated cheese. Yes, you can buy the cheese already grated, using freshly grated cheese will shine through in the finished product.
(DO NOT. I repeat DO NOT use the parmesan cheese in the green can.)
Before we go to the recipe, I want to remind you of our yummy Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe! Go ahead and check it out! You know you can’t resist!
Our copycat Olive Garden breadstick recipe calls for a few simple ingredients and no special equipment. You will be a breadstick-making pro in no time!
If you like to mix your red and white sauces together, then you’ll also want to try this Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce recipe. Putting a bit of each sauce on top of your pasta is SO GOOD.
And, if you are a fan of copycat recipes in general, then be sure and check out our collection of Favorite Copycat Recipes from Restaurants! You are sure to find some of your favorites listed too!
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
(See recipe card below for amounts and complete instructions.)
- fresh garlic, minced
- all-purpose flour
- black pepper (fresh ground is best)
- milk (I used 2%)
- heavy cream
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- freshly grated Romano cheese
How to make this yummy Alfredo Sauce:
1. In a medium stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic.
2. Whisk in the flour and cook until bubbling. Add the salt and pepper, whisking to combine.
3. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Then, add the heavy cream, continuing to whisk.
4. As you continue to whisk the mixture, bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow to cook about 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
5. Immediately whisk in the cheeses until completely combined and smooth.
6. The sauce will continue to thicken as it rests.
7. Serve over cooked pasta and/or chicken.
How to Serve Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce:
The classic pasta to pair with homemade alfredo sauce is fettuccine, but you can use it with any type of pasta.
It’s great on any pasta with a big surface area, such as the flat noodles of fettuccini, so that the sauce has a lot of space to cling.
Alfredo Sauce Toppings:
A classic way to serve a plate of pasta with alfredo sauce is by sprinkling it with fresh cracked pepper. If you want to add a little color, a sprinkle of chopped Italian parsley goes a long way.
If you like you can sprinkle a bit of extra fresh Parmesan cheese.
What Type of Meat to Serve with Alfredo Sauce:
Hands down, this sauce is the best served on grilled chicken. Alongside a bit of pasta and a green salad it makes a delicious main dish.
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Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ cups milk I used 2%
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
- In a medium stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic.
- Whisk in the flour and cook until bubbling. Add the salt and pepper, whisking to combine.
- Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Then, add the heavy cream, continuing to whisk.
- As you continue to whisk the mixture, bring the sauce to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow to cook about 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
- Immediately whisk in the cheeses until completely combined and smooth.
- The sauce will continue to thicken as it rests.
- Serve over cooked pasta and/or chicken.