Simple, Decadent Alfredo Sauce: Cream, Butter, and Cheese

Simple, Decadent Alfredo Sauce: Cream, Butter, and Cheese

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
635 Calories
66g Fat
4g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 635
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66g 84%
Saturated Fat 41g 205%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 470mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 10g
Calcium 296mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Like so many classic Italian pasta sauces, the alfredo sauce is based upon the premise that anyone should be able to make at any time, using staple ingredients that most people would have on hand at all times. Alfredo sauce is for those who want a creamy, soul-enriching sauce that's simple and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Simple, Decadent Alfredo Sauce: Cream, Butter, and Cheese, ingredients

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  2. In a large sautée pan, heat the butter and cream over medium-low heat until it starts to bubble.

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  3. Lower heat, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced somewhat.

    butter and cream sauce in a pan

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  4. Remove the pan from heat, and cover.

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  5. Add the cheese, and toss until it's fully mixed. Adjust consistency with additional cream if necessary.

    cheese added to the butter and cream sauce

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  6. Stir in the chopped parsley.

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  7. Season to taste with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    salt and pepper added to the Alfredo sauce

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  8. Toss with the hot cooked pasta of your choice and serve right away.

    pasta added to the Alfredo Sauce

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