Simple Alfredo Sauce (and a few modifications)

I love alfredo sauce, but I never realized how simple it was to make. I know sauce basics, but I found a recipe for reference:

How easy is this?! The recipe calls for 3 ingredients: butter, heavy cream, parmesan cheese. And pasta, of course. They suggest some salt and pepper to taste, but that’s it. So how easy was it to do?

Amazingly simple.

The recipe simply directs you to melt down the butter and half the cheese with the cream at low to medium heat. Now the only problem with this is that the sauce doesn’t get too thick doing it this way. OK, it’s a bit runny thin. So I added a bit more butter and an extra ingredient, flour. That, added with a bit of extra parmesan thickened it up nicely. I actually used the parmesan cheese in a can like the recipe says not to use, but the sauce turned out delicious. It may be better with the shredded cheese, I don’t know; however, the grated parmesan makes great sauce, too.

Another great thing suggested in this recipe is tossing the pasta and sauce together and mixing in extra parmesan cheese, Italian style. It coats all of the pasta evenly, and it works well with the sauce’s consistency. I added a bit of dry basil to give the sauce a touch of sweetness, but it’s also delicious without!

Anyway. I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try. It’s a very basic recipe, so it’s perfect for adding your own touch to it, or suit the needs of your dish. Here’s the recipe if you can’t go to the website:


Simple Alfredo Sauce from

1 1/2 C. Butter
2 C. grated Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 C. Heavy Cream plus 2 Tbsp.
1 lb. dried pasta

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter, heavy cream, and half of the Parmesan cheese, cook over low to medium heat. When the pasta is done drain and pour into a bowl. Then add the melted cheese mixture to the pasta. Combine and then add the remaining Parmesan cheese. If you like you can add some salt, and white pepper to season.

Mixing the sauce with the pasta is an Italian way to serve up this particular dish. It coats the pasta well, and gives you a delicious bit of sauce in every bite. You do not need to rinse your pasta. Following these directions you can make delicious Alfredo sauce at home.



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