March 25, 2023Review Recipe
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
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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.
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe Ingredients
- 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
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 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 This Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
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.
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.
STEP FOUR: Add in the parmesan cheese and whisk together.
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.
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.
STEP SIX: Garnish with a bit of fresh, chopped parsley and fresh parmesan cheese and serve!
How To Serve
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.
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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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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!
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)
- 16 ounces fettuccine
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1½ cup whole milk
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 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.
- 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.
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?
I love this recipe! It’s so easy to make and comes out perfectly. Thank you for the recipe!