Alfredo sauce is a rich and creamy white sauce that is perfect for pasta dishes. This sauce is made with heavy cream, butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, and it is easy to make at home. Whether you want to impress your friends and family or just want to indulge in a decadent meal, making Alfredo sauce from scratch is a perfect way to accomplish this. In this article, we will go through step by step instructions on how to make Alfredo sauce at home.
1. 1 cup heavy cream
2. 1/2 cup butter
3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
4. 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5. Salt and black pepper to taste
6. A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
7. 1 pound pasta (fettuccine or any other pasta of your choice)
1. Begin by heating a large pot of salted water over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, add your pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
3. Pour the heavy cream into the saucepan and stir to combine with the butter and garlic. Let the mixture come to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
4. Once the cream mixture begins to simmer, add the grated Parmesan cheese to the saucepan. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.
5. If the sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon of pasta water to thin it out. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed. If you like, add a pinch of nutmeg to the sauce for extra flavor.
6. Add the cooked pasta to the saucepan and toss to coat with the Alfredo sauce. Serve your pasta hot, topped with extra Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
1. Can I use milk instead of heavy cream for Alfredo sauce?
While you can use milk instead of heavy cream, the sauce will not be as thick or creamy. You may need to add extra cheese or flour to thicken the sauce.
2. Can I use olive oil instead of butter for Alfredo sauce?
The butter is essential to give the sauce its rich and creamy taste, so it’s not recommended to use olive oil instead. However, you can use a mixture of olive oil and butter for a healthier version.
3. Can I add chicken or shrimp to the sauce?
Absolutely! Chicken or shrimp makes a great addition to Alfredo sauce. Simply cook the protein separately and add it to the saucepan when you add the cooked pasta.
4. Can I store leftover Alfredo sauce?
Yes, you can store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, add a splash of cream to the saucepan to thin it out, since the sauce will thicken when it’s cold.