This week’s Cooking for Twosday is a heavenly Creamy Alfredo Sauce. Alfredo is my favorite pasta sauce because I love cream and I love cheese, which is basically all it is.
There’s no limit to what you can add to pasta with Alfredo sauce. I almost always add chicken and mushrooms, but you can add spinach, onions, peppers, and more. After all, what doesn’t taste good smothered in cheese and cream?
Until just a few years ago, I only ate jarred Alfredo sauce unless I was at a restaurant. Then I started learning how to use a saucepan, so I thought, ‘Hey. Alfredo.’
Every Alfredo recipe I tried was not quite right. There are some with cream cheese, nutmeg, milk, and a whole slew of stuff. So I’d go back to the jar. I tried every single brand of jarred Alfredo to no avail. Nothing could replicate the perfect creamy sauce you get at a restaurant. Which is a shame, because who wants to pay $12 for a dish of ingredients that cost a total of $2.50?
And then… the clouds parted. I finally found it. The perfect ratio of butter to cream. Of cream to cheese. Of cheese to noodle. And it’s this.
This is the Creamy Alfredo Sauce you always wished you could have at home. It takes just 10 minutes to make. And the best part? It’s only 4 ingredients. Yeah, you heard me. Check your kitchen right now. Do you have garlic, cream, butter, and parmesan? If you do… Can I come over?
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 6 oz pasta or gluten free pasta*
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Cook pasta in a 3 quart pot according to package directions, adding ½ tsp salt in pot when adding noodles, then drain and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk constantly until brought to just a simmer, about 4 minutes. Turn heat down to low and slowly whisk in cheese. Continue to whisk often until cheese is melted and sauce is at desired consistency (for me it's about 3 minutes). Season to taste.
- Top pasta with sauce, add parsley if desired, and serve immediately.
Want more noodles for two? Try these!
Meat and Cheese Lasagna
Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta