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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 we love Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe
  3. Ingredients for Olive Garden Alfredo
  4. Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Substitutions and Additions
  5. How To Make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  6. More Ways to Use Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  7. More Ways to Use Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. How to Store Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
  10. More Great Copycat Recipes
  11. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe Recipe

Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce is a classic Italian recipe made with butter, cream, parmesan cheese and garlic – a combination that’s sure to make your tastebuds sing.

Perfect for those nights when you just want to recreate that delicious restaurant experience at home, pair it with our Olive Garden Salad, and this copycat sauce will make you feel like a Michelin-star chef.

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 creamy 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 is 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 we love Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

  • Simple Recipe using basic pantry staples.
  • Quick and easy and ready in under 20 minutes.
  • Pairing the sauce with fettuccini noodles seems to make the perfect combination.
  • Less expensive than eating at the Olive Garden restaurant.
  • Makes a great side dish as well.
  • Made with fresh ingredients in the comfort of your own home.
Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce on a white plate

Ingredients for 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 fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz package fettuccine
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
copycat olive garden alfredo sauce in a jar

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Substitutions and Additions

  • Heavy Cream – 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.
  • Protein: We love to change up this recipe by adding protein. Some of our favorite proteins to mix in are chicken and shrimp.
  • Vegetables: Try adding broccoli, carrots, mushrooms or asparagus for some added crunch.
  • Seasoning: Feel free to spice it up by adding fresh pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and top it with some additional freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Pasta – We typically use fettuccini when paired with alfredo sauce, but any type of your favorite pasta will work. We will frequently use penne or spaghetti.
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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.
  2. Whisk in the flour and then slowly add the heavy cream and milk (while still whisking).
  3. Let boil, reduce him to low and simmer 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the parmesan cheese until the sauce thickens.
  5. Toss with cooked fettuccini or other pasta.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

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

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!

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!
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce, also known as ‘white sauce’ or “pasta in blanco”, is a cream-based Italian pasta sauce. Most Alfredo sauces are made with Parmesan cheese, butter, cream, and salt. It is often served on top of fettuccini pasta.

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.

Is heavy whipping cream the same as heavy cream?

Heavy cream has slightly more fat the heavy whipping cream.

How to Store Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Store in the Refrigerator: You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. I like to store extra sauce separately from the pasta in a jar.

Freezing instructions: You can freeze the sauce for up to 6 months. Just place it in a freezer-safe container and thaw it prior to use in the fridge.

Reheating Instructions: Reheat your alfredo sauce by microwaving it (time varies depending on the quantity) and then whisking until smooth. If you’re more of a stovetop kind of person, heat up over low heat until warmed through. To make sure that sauce doesn’t get too thick, add a little splash of milk or chicken broth when reheating for an extra creamy texture.

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

Storage: 
Refrigerator: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Freezer: Freeze the sauce for up to 6 months. Place it in a freezer-safe container and thaw it prior to use in the fridge.
Reheating Instructions: Reheat your alfredo sauce by microwaving it (time varies depending on the quantity) and then whisking until smooth. To reheat on the stovetop –  heat up over low heat until warmed through. To make sure that sauce doesn’t get too thick, add a little splash of milk or chicken broth when reheating for an extra creamy texture.
 
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. That is not Alfredo sauce. Alfredo sauce contains three ingredients…butter, heavy cream and parmesan cheese.

    1. 5 stars
      Well duh. This is OLIVE GARDEN Alfredo Sauce. Completely different and way better. Don’t be a jerk. If you don’t like it move on and stop being rude. ??????

    2. 5 stars
      This sauce is so easy and so good! I served it over linguini pasta and shrimp for myself, grilled chicken for my husband.

    3. You do realize there’s more than one way to make almost everything! Stop being so negative and realize this sounds amazing for people who want something delicious! Go crap on someone else’s day!

    4. Maggie why would you feel the need to say that? It’s petty and disrespectful. It’s her recipe, she took the time to test it, she took the photos and posted it for others so she can call it whatever she wants. And if you know what’s in Alfredo sauce make your own recipe instead of tearing someone else’s down.

  2. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I doubled the recipe and it came out a bit buttery so I added a bit more cheese and wow. I mean wow. The whole family of 7 loved it!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This tasted EXACYLY like Olive Gardens alfredo sauce! So delicious! Whole family loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. By Italian cheese blend, are you referring to the plastic canister of Parmesan/romano or do you mean the bags of shredded cheese with mozzarella and other Italian cheeses in it?

  5. Very very salty! Followed recipe exactly. The mixed cheese may be better replaced with fresh parmigiana. Cut way back or eliminate the salt. Should be enough salt in the cheese.

  6. Hi! I feel like crying over here… I’ve made your delicious recipe a few times and I could’ve sworn there was cream cheese in there? I think it was 2 tablespoons?

    1. This is a revised version. Her original recipe does call for 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, and Italian blend cheese.

      1. The old recipe can actually be found in the notes section of the recipe card above! But for your convenience here it is again!

        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.

  7. I am making this tonight. My question is flavor wise which do you prefer? Older or New version. Olive Gardens Alfredo is so yummy. I want to make whichever is closest. I have all ingredients for either version. Thanks

  8. 5 stars
    I am making this tonight. My question is flavor wise which do you prefer? Older or New version. Olive Gardens Alfredo is so yummy. I want to make whichever is closest. I have all ingredients for either version. Thanks