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Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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With just six simple steps, this delicious copycat Olive Garden alfredo sauce has a creamy flavor that is just like the restaurant favorite. Your taste buds will thank you!
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Table of Contents
  1. INGREDIENTS FOR COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE
  2. Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe Substitutions and Additions
  3. HOW TO MAKE OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE
  4. WAYS TO USE OLIVE GARDEN COPYCAT ALFREDO
  5. STORING AND REHEATING HOMEMADE OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE
  6. OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE RECIPE FAQ
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is hands down one of the best pasta sauces out there and this copycat recipe tastes just like Olive Garden’s delicious original recipe. It’s creamy, cheesy and super easy to make right from the comfort of home any night of the week. 

Wondering how to complete your fettuccine alfredo pasta meal? Try starting the meal out with this recipe for Simple Homemade Caesar Salad and don’t forget the side of bread! This Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread is the perfect side for any pasta dish.

close up shot of a jar of Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce with the sauce being scooped out with a spoon

INGREDIENTS FOR COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16-ounce package fettuccine
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped

Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe Substitutions and Additions

PROTEIN: Adding protein is a great idea for pasta with alfredo sauce. Some of our favorite options include shrimp, grilled chicken breasts, steak tips, or salmon.

VEGETABLES: You can’t go wrong adding veggies to your alfredo. Try adding cooked broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers, or asparagus.

PASTA: The classic choice to go with alfredo sauce is fettuccine, but there is no reason you can’t choose a different pasta shape. Pick your favorite pasta to mix with this creamy sauce. If you are able to find fresh homemade pasta, it would make this meal even more delicious.

CHEESE: Olive Garden uses both parmesan and romano cheeses but you can just use parmesan. Or you can use mozzarella, gruyere, asiago, gouda or even an Italian cheese blend for this recipe.

HOW TO MAKE OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE

STEP ONE: Cook pasta per package directions, drain and set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add minced garlic and garlic powder. Whisk together to combine.

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a skillet

STEP THREE: Sprinkle the flour over the butter and garlic mixture. Whisk together and then slowly add in the heavy cream and milk while still whisking. Let the sauce begin to boil and then reduce the heat to low temperature and allow the cream mixture to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Heat the butter and cream to bubbling so that the cheese melts better when added.

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce process shot of ingredients being whisked together in a skillet

STEP FOUR: Add in the parmesan cheese and whisk together.

PRO TIP:

To help make your sauce extra creamy, allow your cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the sauce.

STEP FIVE: Add in the cooked and drained fettuccine. Using tongs, toss the pasta in the sauce to coat it well.

PRO TIP:

Alfredo sauce thickens while standing and thickens even more when added to pasta. If it seems too thin, resist the urge to thicken it as it will thicken once mixed with your pasta.

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce process shot of pasta being added to Alfredo sauce in a skillet

STEP SIX: Garnish with a bit of fresh, chopped parsley and fresh parmesan cheese and serve!

WAYS TO USE OLIVE GARDEN COPYCAT ALFREDO

Pasta is a classic dish that is often served with salad and bread on the side. Try our caesar salad and garlic bread. You can also choose to serve your fettuccine alfredo as a side dish along with our baked bruschetta chicken.

STORING AND REHEATING HOMEMADE OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover alfredo sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days. Typically, I find that using a jar with a tight lid works best.

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze leftover alfredo sauce for up to 2 months. To do so, place the sauce in a freezer-safe bag or container and place it in the freezer. Let it thaw before reheating for a super easy dinner!

TO REHEAT: The alfredo sauce can easily be reheated either in the microwave (the time will vary depending on the quantity) and then whisked until smooth. You can also reheat the sauce on the stovetop on low heat until heated through. If you find that the sauce is still too thick, add a splash of milk or chicken broth when reheating.

close up overhead shot of a serving of Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce with pasta and garnished with parsley in a bowl with a fork

Save yourself the trip to Olive Garden next time, using this recipe instead for an easy dinner idea! Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce can be made easily from the comfort of your own kitchen, and tastes just like the real thing, full of fresh garlic and cheese. With just six steps to the instructions, you’ll have a creamy, homemade alfredo sauce that is perfect over any type of pasta.

OLIVE GARDEN ALFREDO SAUCE RECIPE FAQ

Does this sauce freeze well?

This easy alfredo sauce recipe freezes and can stay in the freezer for up to 2 months. The flour in the recipe helps maintain the consistency of the sauce when cooled and then reheated.

What kind of pasta works best with this alfredo recipe?

Fettuccine is recommended for this amazing recipe and the one used by the restaurant chain because it is nice and broad and the sauce clings to it well. If you prefer to use a different pasta, it will still taste amazing!

Can I add vegetables to fettuccine alfredo?

Sauteed vegetables would be delicious in this sauce. Try mushrooms, red peppers, onion, asparagus and broccoli for great options.

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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

5 from 23 votes
With just six simple steps, this delicious copycat Olive Garden alfredo sauce has a creamy flavor that is just like the restaurant favorite. Your taste buds will thank you!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces fettuccine
  • fresh parsley finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta per package directions, drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add butter and let it melt. Add minced garlic and garlic powder. Whisk together to combine.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the butter and garlic mixture. Whisk together and then slowly add the heavy cream and milk while whisking. Let sauce begin to boil and then reduce heat to low and allow it to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Add Parmesan cheese and whisk together.
  • Add the cooked and drained fettuccine. Use tongs to toss the pasta in the sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

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Notes

TIP: Heating the butter and cream to bubbling so that the cheese melts better when added.
TIP: To help make your sauce extra creamy, allow your cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the sauce.
TIP: Alfredo sauce thickens while standing and thickens even more when added to pasta. If it seems too thin, resist the urge to thicken it as it will thicken once mixing it with your pasta.

Nutrition

Sodium: 622mg | Calcium: 332mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 1355IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 335mg | Cholesterol: 179mg | Calories: 677kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Fat: 39g | Protein: 20g | Carbohydrates: 61g | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Peg Patricia says

    I would like to add chicken, can I do that and when. I thought at the very end. I want it cooked before adding it.

  2. Cindi Breese says

    5 stars
    Tried this last night! It was delicious! Very easy, requires very little prep! Will definitely make again and pass on to friends!

  3. Lisa Rodgers says

    5 stars
    Made this today and OMG!! It was delicious and very easy to make. I grated my parmesan myself and I think it made it better then using package cheese. My entire family was amazed how delicious it was and that it tasted as good as our favorite Italian restaurant maybe even better! My husband was very impressed with it

  4. Dani says

    5 stars
    OMG!!! Can I give this more than 5 stars?! Olive Garden’s alfredo is my favorite in the entire world, and this is just like it! I am a SUPER picky eater, and my 4yr old doesn’t normally like alfredo, but loves this! And it was super easy to make. I am going to make this all the time, and recommend this recipe to everyone I know. Thank you!!!

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Dawn – you might be able to use something like coconut flour if you are doing keto. I have not tried that with this recipe, so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out. I typically thicken sauces with either flour or a little cornstarch and both have carbs. There might be someone who specializes in low-carb that will have an answer if you search on Google. Enjoy! 🙂

  5. April says

    Can freshly shredded pecorino Romano be substituted for parmesan cheese? I have bagged shredded parm at home but whole pecorino Romano so was wondering if I could sub or combine them together and achieve a similar taste?

  6. Lynn says

    5 stars
    This is a keeper! It was picky eater son approved! I have made it twice in a week; once with penne noodles and tonight, it went over spaghetti squash abs topped with shrimps and veggies. It’s also easy to make.

  7. Robby says

    5 stars
    Easy and outstanding recipe. I have cooked this quite a few times and everyone one loves it when I do.

  8. Liane says

    5 stars
    So, I added what I had… Some aged cheddar, some pre grated parmesan cheese, whipping cream, 1%milk and some fresh grated nutmeg… I ended up browsing the butter with the garlic(oops but a great oops) and followed the directions. Omg so delicious!!

  9. Martha says

    5 stars
    I’ve tried about 5 different alfredo sauce recipes and this by far is the superior one! It tasted so good and reheated great in the microwave at 30 second intervals! My only question is the correct amount of time it will last in the freezer? It says 6 months in one part of the article and yet 2 months in another part. This would be great to thaw and have dinner made in 15 minutes! I just love this easy recipe! Thanks so much!

  10. Tricia says

    5 stars
    We’ve made this a few times now and chose to double the recipe both times so we had leftovers. It reheats well and we even used the leftovers as a sauce for chicken alfredo pizza. Definitely a keeper!

      • Layne Kangas says

        Hi, B – this is covered in the post. Here you go: The alfredo sauce can easily be reheated either in the microwave (the time will vary depending on the quantity) and then whisked until smooth. You can also reheat the sauce on the stovetop on low heat until heated through. If you find that the sauce is still too thick, add a splash of milk or chicken broth when reheating. Enjoy!

  11. Vickie says

    5 stars
    Oh my, my, my!! Yummy! This is the best Chicken Alfredo recipe out there. It tastes just like Olive Garden, which is my all time favorite restaurant. So simple to make and doesn’t take a long time either.
    Try it, you will not be sorry!!!!

  12. A.Thomas says

    5 stars
    Easy recipe to allow , good flavor and is nice and smooth. I will have to remake this recipe due to I made a boo boo. I used unsalted butter instead of salted butter, and was wondering why it was lacking salt 😂 so I added some salt to my portion on my plate and it was very good and definitely what the recipe was lacking. Ima definitely make this again but with salted butter for sure.

  13. Valerie says

    5 stars
    This was super duper easy to make and is SO FREAKING DELICIOUS!!! My husband was flabbergasted that the sauce was homemade.

  14. Valerie Gallegos says

    5 stars
    First time making this. OMGOSH, this is amazing. I will definitely make my Alfredo using this recipe from now on. I won’t buy Alfredo in a jar ever again

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