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Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce

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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. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ingredients
  2. Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe Substitutions & Additions
  3. How to make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  4. Tips for extra creamy Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  5. How to serve Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  6. Storing Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo
  7. Olive Garden Alfredo FAQs
  8. MORE FAVORITES 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 your home any night of the week. 

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

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

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

Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe Substitutions & 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 with 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, garlic powder, and salt. Whisk together to combine.

butter, garlic, and garlic powder 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.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

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

flour sprinkled into the butter mixture  and whisk together with cream and milk

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.

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!

Tips for extra creamy Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Here are some tips for making an extra creamy Olive Garden-style Alfredo sauce:

  • CHEESE
    • Use freshly grated parmesan cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has anti-caking agents that prevent smooth melting. Grate your own for the creamiest texture.
    • Let the cheese come to room temperature before adding it. Cold cheese can seize the sauce.
    • Consider adding a touch of another cheese, like mozzarella, gruyere, or asiago, for extra richness.
  • FAT CONTENT
    • Use high-quality butter.
    • You can substitute some of the heavy cream with cream cheese for an even richer sauce.
  • COOKING TEMPERATURE:
    • Don’t overheat the sauce after adding cheese. High heat can make the cheese separate and turn grainy.
    • Keep in mind the sauce will thicken as it cools slightly.

How to serve Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

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.

Wondering how to complete your fettuccine Alfredo pasta meal? Try starting the meal out with this recipe for copycat Olive Garden salad, and don’t forget the side of bread! This cheesy pull-apart bread is the perfect side for any pasta dish.

Storing Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo

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.

Can you freeze Alfredo sauce?: 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!

How to reheat Alfredo sauce:: 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, by 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 FAQs

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

Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe

5 from 78 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
  

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

  • Heating the butter and cream to bubbling so that the cheese melts better when added.
  • To help make your sauce extra creamy, allow your cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the sauce.
  • 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

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

  15. Liz says

    5 stars
    Sooooo delish. Did not change a thing, other than doubling the recipe. It is a bit thin but as the recipe says, it will thicken over the noodles and it does. Sooooo gooood.

  16. Venie Appleby says

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Sooo good!

    Such a versatile recipe, thank goodness because depending on which granddaughter wanted it, the ingredients used are different.

    One likes the traditional recipe with fettuccine noodles and no extras.

    The oldest loves hers with ziti (with lines) pasta, broccoli, sometimes chicken and she adds her own heat (red pepper flakes)

  17. Cindy says

    5 stars
    Loved it! Added shrimp
    And peas with medium shells foor a complete dinner. The sei d time I used fettucinninnoodlrd with prosciutto ribbons and oeas. Third time, made as is with fettuccini and served along sid shot Italian saiges and peppers. We really liked it.

  18. Kim Phillips says

    5 stars
    I think I would add some chicken to the alfredo sauce for some protein. Then it would be perfect.

  19. Raafia says

    5 stars
    Seems like a good recipe. I would probably add cheddar cheese instead of Parmesan cheese as it’s sme and taste is too overwhelming for me.

  20. Danielle says

    Thank you so much for this recipe!

    What’s your favorite type of noodles to serve with alfredo sauce? I like Linguini
    What type of protein would you add to your pasta? Chicken
    Do you add vegetables? Sometimes I will add mushrooms
    Would you add a different type of cheese to your sauce? No, I like it the way it is.
    Have you ever added crushed red pepper flakes for a little heat? No, I am not fond of the heat.

  21. Janice says

    5 stars
    I will try making this with bow tie pasta. Sauce is yummy- I wonder if it would freeze well for later.

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Janice – 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! Enjoy!

  22. Lori Pennington says

    5 stars
    I use egg noodles when I make alfredo sauce and noodles and I add chicken to it my son’s girlfriend makes alfredo sauce all the time from scratch…..

  23. judith g odwyer says

    5 stars
    i use fettuccine noodles and either put shrimp or chicken in my alfredo sauce and mushrooms

  24. elizabeth says

    5 stars
    This recipe is so simple and the sauce is perfection *chefs kiss* I usually add chicken and broccoli to my alfredo!

  25. Alex S says

    love alfredo. mostly like it with spaghetti noodles or penne, but sometimes i add bowties. theyre just too cute.

  26. Ethelann says

    5 stars
    This recipe is simple to copy. I’m going to try tweaking it just a bit & see how it tastes. I’ll substitute the regular salt with onion salt & maybe try this sauce with regular spaghetti noodles. Add some carrots,broccoli, & cauliflower. Hope it tastes just as great. I will of course use chicken for my meat preference.

  27. Ethelann Hall says

    5 stars
    A very easy recipe. Will experiment a bit I think. I’m going to try using onion salt in place of regular & add carrots,broccoli,& cauliflower. Of course, I’ll stick with chicken as my meat. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Sheila Jo Shreve says

    5 stars
    I like to add a little chicken as protein and broccoli. It just kicks the recipe up a notch.
    Family loves it!!

  29. Eileen says

    The recipe is very simple. I use fettuccine noodles with mushroom, red peppers and broccoli with baked chicken. For the cheese I use parmesan and brick cheese. Goes nicely with a caesar salad. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Valerie Ridnouer says

    5 stars
    Excellent! My grandson absolutely loves it when I make this Chicken Alfredo! Turns out every time!

  31. Florence says

    5 stars
    Just made this for the first time and I honestly think I liked it better than OG’s!!! I sprinkled on some Morton Nature’s Seasons in addition to the parsley and I couldn’t get over how good it tasted!!! This is now my go to Alfredo sauce recipe. Until now, I just couldn’t find one that I actually liked. Definitely recommend!

  32. Kristi @ Mulch and Paint says

    Looks delicious! This is my daughter’s go-to entree at Olive Garden…so I am excited to try this recipe for her. PINNED!!!

  33. Diane says

    5 stars
    This was delicious, super easy to make and a keeper for sure. I used freshly grated Parmesan cheese as well as garlic as there is no substitution when it comes to Alfredo sauce for me.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

  34. Kim says

    5 stars
    This is a terrific base! I sautéed Italian sausage, mushrooms, shopped spinach and roasted red peppers and added with pappardelle pasta and it was amazing.

  35. Martha says

    5 stars
    Made this for my family for lunch…kids AND adults loved it! Very much like the Olive Garden recipe I feel…I added a smidge of freshly grated nutmeg to the sauce-Yum! definitely told do do it again!…Might try it with some sausage next time instead of chicken?

  36. Dana Carlson says

    5 stars
    Followed this recipe exactly and the sauce was perfect. Tasted just like Olive Garden! The only thing I changed was adding 12oz of pasta rather than 16oz at the end so it was more saucy. Definitely a keeper.

  37. Abby says

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this! I’ve made this twice already this month. My second go around, my milk was expired by 5 days but luckily it didn’t smell bad and my husband swears it tasted better this time than last time.

  38. Janet Lusk says

    5 stars
    This is soooo good! My family loves it! I grill some chicken to add to it and it’s a favorite. For reheating, I add a little cream and it makes for fantastic leftovers too.

  39. Stephanie says

    5 stars
    Omg its amazing and so easy!!! My kids love it my coworkers even buy thr stuff and ask me to make it for them!

  40. -vee says

    5 stars
    I never comment. Ever. This recipe is so excellent when followed closely. Make it the first time, then make it “yours.” You will be pleased!

  41. Audrey says

    5 stars
    This was super easy to make and was absolutely delicious! I used Pappardelle because I didn’t have any fettuccine on hand and it was perfect.

  42. Deanna Dellosa says

    5 stars
    This is the only recipe I use and my picky kids love it. I also asked at the Olive Garden and they said yes it’s the right ingredients.
    Thank you

  43. Joslyn Sanders says

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this recipe. It turned out great and tasted just like Olive Garden, maybe even better!

  44. Natalie says

    5 stars
    Hi! I’ve recently have been told I need to go gluten free, and this recipe is a staple in our house. Is there anything I can substitute for the flour to thicken?

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