So, you and your friends are out at an Italian restaurant and your eyes are excitedly skimming the menu for something to eat. It's inevitable that you scan the pasta section and internally drool over some of the listed plates, and how could you not? Between all the different kinds of pasta topped with a selection of meats and veggies, it's impossible not to get sucked in. Not to mention, the mouth-watering sauces are the cherry topping we're all blessed to have. But unless you plan on paying for a fettuccine Alfredo dish every day, you're going to need an alternative way to get it to your plate. Never fear because we're here to teach you how to make a homemade Alfredo sauce for you to pour over your noodles whenever you feel like.

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

a plate of fettuccine alfredo with chicken and parsley on top

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of fresh, chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter and cream in a medium saucepan over low-medium heat for 3-4 minutes and whisk until smooth.
  • Keep stirring and add the garlic, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. Keep whisking until things are smooth.
  • Add the Parmesan and Mozzarella to the sauce and bring to a simmer. Whisk continuously for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Keep whisking until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in the parsley and serve over noodles.

Additional Ingredients

Depending on how you like your Alfredo sauce, you can add different kinds of cheese to the sauce. You need Parmesan cheese in your Alfredo sauce, but you can swap out the Mozzarella for equal amounts of Romano or cream cheese. Romano cheese is a firm cheese that's more on the salty side, though, so be aware of that if you're considering making the switch.

You can also add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the sauce if you're so inclined. Don't worry if you would rather not or if you ran out of olive oil at home because your sauce won't suffer without it.

Even though we like using white pepper for this recipe, you can also use black pepper if that's the kind you have at home. Aside from the obvious difference in color, black pepper is a bit spicier than white pepper so if you're using black then keep that in mind.

a bowl of fettuccine alfredo pasta in a bowl topped with chicken and parsley

Learning how to make homemade Alfredo sauce is going to save you significant amounts of money in the long run. No one would hold it against you if you returned to your favorite restaurants for their pasta dishes, but making some for yourself at home is a stone's throw away. Experiment with different types of cheese and make your Alfredo sauce a one-of-a-kind gem that your friends and family will pay you for!

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