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How to make Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce! Hands down the best Alfredo sauce and it is not only an easy family dinner right, but its rich, creamy flavor is just as good as eating it in the restaurant!
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  1. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe
  2. Why is Olive Garden Alfredo so good?
  3. Ingredients for Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo
  4. How To Make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  5. What can you add to Alfredo Pasta?
  6. More Ways to Use Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  7. Can I substitute the heavy whipping cream for more whole milk or half and half?
  8. Is heavy whipping cream the same as heavy cream?
  9. Is it better to use fresh garlic or pre-minced garlic?
  10. Can you fix separated Alfredo sauce?
  11. Storing and Reheating Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  12. More Great Copycat Recipes
  13. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe Recipe

How to make Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce! Hands down the best Alfredo sauce and it is not only an easy family dinner right, but its rich, creamy flavor is just as good as eating it in the restaurant!

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Recipe

Pasta is one of our go-to family dinners and fettuccine alfredo sauce is for sure a favorite! Once you try this Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce, you will never have to go out for pasta again! (See why this has been pinned thousands of times with rave reviews).

Who doesn’t love the bottomless breadsticks and salad from the Olive Garden? Not to mention, their alfredo sauce is totally to die for, but taking a family of five out for dinner can get really expensive. That is why I love this homemade sauce that all of my boys just love (and will actually eat…which is a miracle!)

I am always looking for an easy dinner and this recipe it so easy to make. You can literally have the sauce ready by the time the pasta is done cooking. Just get your pot of boiling water ready for your pasta of choice and start the sauce while the pasta is cooking.

Why is Olive Garden Alfredo so good?

The cream that Olive Garden adds to their sauce is a deviation from traditional Italian Alfredo sauce. In addition, the pairing of the sauce with fettuccini noodles seems to make the perfect combination.

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce on a white plate

Ingredients for Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz package fettuccine
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped

How To Make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan or skillet melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the minced garlic and garlic powder.Step 1 Alfredo Sauce
  2. Whisk in the flour and then slowly add the heavy cream and milk (while still whisking).Step 2 Alfredo Sauce
  3. Let boil, reduce him to low and simmer 2-3 minutes.add cream to sauce
  4. Whisk in the parmesan cheese.Step 4 Alfredo Sauce
  5. Toss with cooked fettuccini or other pasta.toss pasta with alfredo sauce
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Tip: If too thick, add 1/2 cup – 1/4 cup milk.

What can you add to Alfredo Pasta?

What I also love is that there are a ton of great add in’s! Here are some of the things we love to add to our fettuccini alfredo recipe! (Chicken Alfredo is one of our favorite additions)

  • chicken
  • shrimp
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • fresh pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • parmesan cheese
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce close up

More Ways to Use Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

This sauce is very versatile. There are a ton of other recipes that you can incorporate this easy Alfredo sauce.

  • Use the sauce on a pizza crust and top it with chicken and cheese and voila – you have Chicken Alfredo Pizza!
  • Substitute it for the spaghetti sauce in a lasagna and make an Alfredo Lasagna!
  • Mix it with penne pasta and add chicken and make a Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Bake Casserole!

Speaking of easy dinners, we recently found a new favorite. Do you love buffalo wings and ranch? Then you should for sure try our Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas. The cool ranch with the spicy buffalo sauce is the perfect combination!

Can I substitute the heavy whipping cream for more whole milk or half and half?

For the most part, half and half and heavy whipping cream can be interchangeable, however, you may notice the sauce becomes a tad bit thinner. If you substitute whole milk, you are going to lose a lot of the richness and creaminess that the heavy whipping cream brings to the recipe.

Is heavy whipping cream the same as heavy cream?

Heavy cream has slightly more fat the heavy whipping cream.

Is it better to use fresh garlic or pre-minced garlic?

I always prefer using fresh everything, but a jar of pre-minced garlic will work just fine for this recipe. However, I do not recommend using dry garlic.

Can you fix separated Alfredo sauce?

Yes, you can easily fix separated alfredo sauce! Just throw it in a blender with 1 tablespoon of very hot water and blend until smooth.

copycat olive garden alfredo sauce in a jar

Storing and Reheating Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. You can also freeze the sauce for up to 6 months. Just place in a freezer safe container and thaw prior to use in the fridge.

olive garden alfredo sauce in a jar

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Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce square on fork

Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Serves — 6
How to make Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce! Hands down the best Alfredo sauce and it is not only an easy family dinner right, but its rich, creamy flavor is just as good as eating it in the restaurant!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 16 oz package fettuccine
  • Fresh parsley finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • 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 and garlic powder. 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 2-3 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.

Jenn’s Notes

Note: This recipe was updated on Jan 18, 2020. If you are looking for the old version of my recipe, please see it below:
Ingredients-
½ Cup Butter
2 Tbs Flour
2Tbs Cream Cheese
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1 Pint Cream
½ Cup Shredded Italian Cheese Blend
In a skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add Flour, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, and whisk. Add Cream, whisk until thick. Add Italian cheese blend, stir until melted, and serve over bed of pasta. If the sauce is too thick, add ¼ cup milk.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1355IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!! Just made it for the 1st time…turned out perfect! I added shrimp and my family loved it..it was super easy, served with fetuccini,breadsticks and salad…

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t care if this is authentic or not. It is freaking AMAZING! My husband said I should make it again next week! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this sauce for the first time about two weeks ago. I will never have to buy sauce in a jar again. Thank you for this recipe, I made it using the new way. My daughter absolutely raved about it and she loves alfredo sauce. I plan on making again and freezing for future use.

  4. I loved the house dressing at Carolina Roadhouse. would love the receipt since you can’t buy it in the store. Thank you