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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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. -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!

  7. 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.

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