Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo Recipe

January 31, 2012


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I am just going to go right out and say it — you need to make this recipe — no excuses ( even if you are on a diet – make it ( try it) and share the wealth ;) )

Simply put this is the best Alfredo sauce around – and this recipe makes a good amount of sauce which can be used later!!! Yummy AND Frugal — sign me up! Plus it is gluten free :)

**** WARNING**** There is a good chance you will gain 1 lb while reading this recipe — so please  proceed at your own risk.

What You Need


1 stick of butter

1 clove of minced garlic

1 pint of heavy cream

1 cup of Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons cream cheese

salt and pepper

What to Do

Make Pasta  ( I was cooking the pasta while making the sauce)  :)

In a sauce pan over medium heat – melt butter and add garlic and cook for two minutes.

Add cream and cream cheese and heat till bubbling ( not to the point of a boil)

All mixed but it is missing CHEESE!

Add in Parmesan Cheese and mix until the cheese melts add salt and pepper to taste. I ended up adding about 1/2 teaspoon of pepper ( but that is just me).

Mix some sauce with the pasta ( a little sauce goes a long way ;) ).


There was so much sauce left over I was able to fill this sauce jar! We had leftovers the next day and it was super yummy.

Final Product :)

How yummy does this look!!!

Copy Cat Recipe - Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo
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Make your Olive Garden Favorite at home with this recipe
  • Pasta
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • salt and pepper
  1. Make Pasta.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat - melt butter and add garlic and cook for two minutes.
  3. Add cream and cream cheese and heat till bubbling ( not to the point of a boil)
  4. Add in Parmesan Cheese and mix until the cheese melts add salt and pepper to taste. I ended up adding about ½ teaspoon of pepper ( but that is just me).
  5. Mix some sauce with the pasta ( a little sauce goes a long way ;) ).
  6. Enjoy!

I made the final recipe myself but the building blocks for the recipe came from All Recipes.

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{ 97 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley Alm January 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm

love hash brown casserole


Melanie February 21, 2012 at 3:21 am

This was a delicious change to our chicken pasta! Super easy and a family hit!


Renee February 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I made this recipe tonight for the first time and it was SUPER EASY to make and VERY YUMMY to eat! Thank you so much for sharing. I have wanted to find a good alfredo sauce recipe for awhile now since it is my daughter’s favorite type of pasta to order at, yep, the Olive Garden!! :D


Jennifer February 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Love this!!!!! We’ve made it twice already! Easy to make & taste the same as if you were at the OG!! =)


Susan February 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I’ve been using a recipe like this and have found that I can leave the butter out completely (for a healthier version) and don’t even notice the difference! It’s a wonderful Alfredo .. so much so that we don’t order it out!


SW February 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

So, so good!! I just made it and is simple and tasty :) thanks for sharing!


Budget Savvy Diva February 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

You are VERY welcome :)


Pam February 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

This was delicious. I sauteed some mushrooms and green peppers and added cooked chicken as well. Very tasty! Thanks for sharing!


Kelly March 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I just have to let you know, I locve the recipes on Pinterest. I think I have pinned most of them and look forward to trying them!!


Michelle Lubbers March 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Do you ever add just a pinch of Nutmeg?? That really makes the sauce for me.


mary ortiz March 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thank you, I just love this sauce and go to Olive Garden just for their Chicken Alfredo.


Ashkeysh22 March 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Wow this looks amazing! I just saw it on pinterest and added you to my google reader. This is even more unhealthy than I could have imagined, lol. But I wonder if I could get my hubby to eat some vegetables if I mix it in with this!


June March 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

I just made this for dinner. It turned out great! I thought I would have some sauce left over, but it’s all gone!! Thanks for this recipe!!


Lisa March 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Can you freeze the leftover sauce? And, could you replace the cream with milk?


Regina June 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi Lisa
I did replace the cream with milk and it is soooo yummy as well. The sauce turns a little bit thinner but still really good!


Mel March 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

What size stick of butter?


Morgan December 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Most likely a 1/4 lb


Sarah March 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

OMG, this Alfredo is simple and AMAZING! I have tried other recipes using cream of chicken soup and chicken stock, but this is SO much better! It really does taste just like Olive Garden’s (which is my #1 weakness! I am literally shoveling it into my mouth at the moment. Awesome recipe, I may add a little more garlic next time though.
Also, any tips on how to get all my cheeses to melt completely?? I had a little chunk of cream cheese and some strings of parmesan,


Matt March 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I kept stirring and mushing the cream cheese until it melted in. I didn’t manage to get the parmesan to all melt though.


Matt March 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Thanks for this Alfredo sauce recipe. My wife and daughter loved it.


Asheley April 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Does this recipe make enough sauce to add chicken and broccoli to it or do I need to make more sauce.


Budget Savvy Diva April 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

It will make enough :)


Lexi April 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

This looks delish! If I wanted to make half of the amount would you recommend cutting every ingredient in half?


Budget Savvy Diva April 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

That should work


Lexi April 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

Can I cut this recipe in half?


Riya May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Thank goodness for Pinterest! Just made this last night and hubby and I both loved it! We both love olive garden alfredo and this tastes exactly like it! I used grated Parmesan cheese and added shrimp to the pasta for aliitle something extra. I had half of the sauce left over, which i’ll freeze for next time. Now hubby wants me try this with chicken :). Thanks for the amazing recipe!


Kiersten May 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Did you just use regular kraft parm, or did you buy a block and grate it?! :)


Budget Savvy Diva May 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I used regular :)


Sue May 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

I’d like to make this for my son’s open house. Can this be a “baked” dish? I have never made Alfredo before, which must be why my son wants it!


AuntShiSha June 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

The recipe calls for heavy cream but I don’t see when/where to add this? The Husby is very excited to have this tonight but I need a little point in the right direction. Help?


AuntShiSha June 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Ignore I now see it says mix cream & cream cheese. Duh


lori June 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

We love the recipe but wonder if it can be made a little thicker? Ours was pretty runny.


Budget Savvy Diva June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Add some flour or corn starch


Samantha June 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I just made this sauce and wow I was so impressed. I normally dont care for anything Italian but it’s my boyfriends favorite. After this dish, he
Thinks I’m some kind of domestic goddess and I am loving Pasta. Thank you for posting!


Budget Savvy Diva June 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

You are very welcome :) Enjoy!


Granny Enchanted July 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I highlighted your recipe post on my blog today. Thank you. http://scrapbookalphabet.blogspot.com/2012/07/fridays-guest-freebies.html


Noelia July 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Did this! Super easy and extremely delicious!!! :)

Thanks for sharing!


Tracy July 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

This was so easy and so delicious! I am so glad I found you.
Thanks for sharing!


Budget Savvy Diva July 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I am so glad you liked it :)


Erin July 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’ve been making this recipe for years, it is sooo good! I usually like it pretty thick, that way you can also use it as a dip for bread sticks, veggies… anything else you’d like to add tons of calories to :). To get it thicker, I usually just let it simmer for 8-10 minutes. Sometimes this can cause the cream and butter to separate, but with a good whisking everything comes back together beautifully. Last batch I made I threw in some fresh thyme and parsley from my garden for some variety, added a nice flavor! Highly recommend. And sometimes if I don’t have all Parmesan, I’ve just used Italian cheese blend (which has parm in it) and it turns out great. We haven’t been to Olive Garden in YEARS because of this recipe!


JUdy July 22, 2012 at 2:51 am

I notice on a lot of recipes, there is no servings.


Chelsea August 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Do you use salted or unsalted stick of butter?


Budget Savvy Diva August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm



Rose August 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

i am an Olive Garden JUNKIE. This sauce is exactly like the restaurant. I cut the recipe in half and still had enough leftover to save for leftover chicken this week. I think now I am simply a BUDGET SAVVY DIVA junkie!


Budget Savvy Diva August 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Yay!!! I am so glad you liked it :)


Some Mom August 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

This one was a winner. I made it for dinner tonight over fettuccine, added some brocolli and grilled chicken and it was a huge hit. My husband said it tasted just like Olive Garden without the grittiness that they sometimes have (from too much parm or not enough time melting it). I’m replacing my old standby Alfredo sauce (that my Italian grandma brought over from Italy).

The only change I made was doubling the garlic and replacing the 1 ounce of cream cheese with two ounces of goat cheese.


msmolly September 4, 2012 at 1:54 am

I can’t tell you how many Alfredo sauces I’ve tried and didn’t like. The search is finally over!! Tonight I tried your Alfredo recipe and added shrimp and mushrooms to mine and the whole family loved it!! Thanks so much for giving me an Alfredo sauce that I can finally record in my favorites!!


Budget Savvy Diva September 4, 2012 at 2:24 am

I am so glad you liked it! :)


courtney September 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

Was just wondering how do u get the cheeses to melt completly? I cooked it forever n th cheese never melted all the way…help!


Kaitlyn February 6, 2013 at 4:09 am

Little late but which parmesan do you use? I find that the kraft ones never melt. I buy presidents choice instead. ..which is better for my student budget anyway.


Alicia February 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

Whisk, whisk, whisk, quickly!, until all cheeses are melted. Be sure to scrape around the edges of the pan, too, so the bottom doesn’t burn. GREAT recipe by the way!


BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced} September 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

YUM! I made this alfredo sauce last night and we loved it! I will definitely be making it again (over and over)! :) BTW my shredded parmesan cheese was frozen and I had no problems with it or the cream cheese melting. The sauce came together really well and was smooth. :)


Vero October 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I NEVER have to look at the menu at Olive Garden. Chicken Alfredo with broccoli it is. I’m super excited to try this recipe especially because I already have most of the ingredients. Just 1 question…when you say “heat till bubbling but not to the boiling point” does this mean I then turn it off and add the cheese to the hot mixture or does the flame remain on? I gotta get this perfect! Thanks again…or maybe not so much since I do feel the need to let my pants out as I type =)


Vero October 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Also, will Philadelphia cream cheese work? I see something different on the picture.


Budget Savvy Diva October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Yes it will


Vero October 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

OMG! I made this recipe and didn’t wanna get too excited. You have to understand that you would be messing with my emotions and where alfredo sauce is concerned, well let’s just say you don’t wanna go there. The sauce is sitting on my stove as I type and you’re lucky I don’t know where you live because I’d be knocking on your door ready to kiss you. THIS IS FABULOUS!!! No more need to pay $20 for a dish of my favorite pasta ever. Thank you soooooo very much =)


Budget Savvy Diva October 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I am SOOO glad you liked it!!!!! I am in LOVE with this recipe as well … You can use it for casseroles as well ;)


Megan October 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

About how many servings will this make?


Courtney November 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I loved this sauce, I want to make a batch and freeze it, has anyone ever tried to freeze it before?


Rona November 7, 2012 at 12:09 am

Yes, this is one of those recipes I might make once a month but it will be a delicious treat.


Deana Baker November 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

I have made this twice already and it was a huge hit. The first time I made grilled chicken to go with it and last nite, grilled italian sausage, super yummy. I did tweek it for our tasting, instead of salt I used powdered chicken base and onion powder (very little) and instead of parmesean I used the grated parmesean, asiago and romano, very tastey as it is but I like to be different, thanks so much for sharing the recipie because I think it tastes way better than Olive Gardens and cheaper :)


Rachael November 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I’ve been playing around with other alfredo recipes or trying to make up my own for years. I made this tonight, and can say that this is what I’ll be using from now on! I even made a batch that used margarine, fat free half and half, and light cream cheese to cut some of the fat and cals and it was delish. Thanks!


SW November 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

So good. Any idea on how to make the chicken that goes with it at Olive Garden? Or shrimp…oh, That would be amazing as well!!!


ga32122 November 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

Just made this for dinner and it was DELICIOUS! My cream cheese did not melt all the way so the sauce was kinda clumpy but it was still good.


Guro November 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

How much is one stick of butter?


Jaime December 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

Found this recipe on Pinterest while I was craving Olive Garden, decided to give it a try to save some money, and WOW. Really is a copy cat recipe for sure. I actually have made the recipe on their own website for Alfredo sauce and this still tastes more like it than that! Thank you, I am officially a fan and will be looking out for all future recipes!


Mary December 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

Wow! Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe! Tastes just like Olive Garden. I have bought jars of Alfredo sauce at the store and they were always nasty. So glad to be able to make it at home from scratch.


Eloise December 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Delicious! I did add a pinch of nutmeg and a couple shakes of basil. And to use milk instead of heavy cream, I changed it to: 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 block of cream cheese and about 3/4 cup of milk. Then I just added the parm cheese little by little until it was good! To those saying the cheese didn’t melt well enough: The mixture was probably too hot when you added the parm cheese! It can’t be hot!! Make sure your burner is on LOW – medium low when you add the cheese!


Karen Shroyer January 19, 2013 at 12:03 am

WONDERFUL! So easy to make and best of all I pleased 2 teens who are never easy to please. The way may family eats I will have to double next time, none left over :(


Pam January 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

We loved it!!!! I need hints on how to reheat the sauce that i kept. So far it always turns to an oil? I need help I don’t want to throw it away. I guess I could just make a half portion but it would be awesome to just reheat the next day. Hints Please =)


Budget Savvy Diva January 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I just heat mine in a saucepan


Pam January 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

but how do you keep it creamy and white and just an oil?


Tracy January 24, 2013 at 12:50 am

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made it three times and it gets better each time. I add cornstarch because I like my sauce thick but otherwise it is perfect.


Kim January 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Made tonite for me since I am only one who loves Alfredo! Thank you very much! It’s definitely a hit!


Annie April 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Like Guro I’m wondering how much is a stick of butter. It seems nobody else has problems with that, any help please? Thanks ;)


Jessica April 26, 2013 at 2:32 am

This is probably a dumb question but can you can this? I see a jar in the pic and I would love to be able to can my Alfredo sauce so i can make it in bulk without using all my freezer space!


Bridget June 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

How long does it keep in the refrigerator?


Watson June 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

About 1 week


Angie Thiel August 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Awesome, it was perfect! Everyone loved it. Went right by the instrctions. Will definitely make again. Hubby said it was better than OG.


Tisha August 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

So yummy found thus recipe on Pinterest and loved it


Ally September 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

This recipe is AMAZING! It really is super delicious. Thank you! I was wondering if you had a problem with the butter separating after refrigerated? When I went to reheat leftovers the butter was just everywhere. Any suggestions?


Watson September 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I never had this problem — anyone else?


Katie P. January 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I’ve had alfredo separate too – someone told me if I put a little flour in there, it wouldn’t do that (and that makes sense). Just add a little after you’ve melted the butter and it should not separate. :)


Suzanne Kirkpatrick January 5, 2014 at 2:06 am

I made this tonight…..not only was it SO SUPER EASY TO MAKE but it tasted SO AMAZING AND DELICIOUS that my family requested it again and soon!!! There is NOTHING I WOULD CHANGE! Follow this recipe exact and you too will be so stinking impressed and amazed it came from your kitchen!!! Thanks so much for another GREAT meal!! You,your dad and your mom,hubsters,and catson rock!!! Yummmmoooolicious!!


Watson January 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Yay!!! I am so glad you enjoyed it :)


Rhonda Stoner February 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm

This is the best alfredo out there!


Jennifer April 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

Definitly want to try this!!!!


Amber Hellmann April 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Now I have something to go with my olive graden soup I make. It is like going to olive garden but cheaper!


Kari July 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

This was easy to make and it tasted AMAZING! I think I’m going to use the rest of the sauce to make a spinach pizza. I think this sauce is even better than Olive Garden!!!


Sara July 21, 2014 at 4:03 am

Awww thanks :) Love the feedback


lisa cordova August 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

olive garden copycat alfredo was a big hit in my family! they want more tonight!


Sara August 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I am so glad you liked it :)


Brittany January 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm

great recipe my husband begs me to make it all the time the only recommendation i have is to buy a block of Parmesan and shred it your self there is so much more flavor its Delicious if you can afford it we normally use kraft but on special occasions we do it this way


Sara January 24, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Ohhhhh I love Parmesan straight from the block — so good :)


Sheena June 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I’m making your copy cat olive garden five cheese ziti recipe will this recipe for the Alfredo sauce make enough? The recipe calls for 15oz


Sara June 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Yes it will be enough :)


Amber June 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm

love this recipe! I am wanting to use it to make Alfredo for a church dinner. I am making a large quantity of it & was thinking about making it the night before. However I am concerned that it will separate like most Alfredo sauces do that aren’t in a jar. Any rules to prevent this or what I can add or so when reheating?


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