Monday, February 3, 2014

Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Sauce


The decadent creamy Alfredo sauce from Olive Garden can now be enjoyed in your own home with this scrumptious copycat recipe loaded with cheese, cream and a special ingredient to really take it over the top.


My family and I really enjoy the dishes at some of our favorite restaurants.  However we do not love eating out.  So, I take some of our favorite recipes and recreate them so we can enjoy them at home.

Last time we polled our Facebook fans, our number 1 requested copycat was Olive Garden's Alfredo Sauce.  Being one of Chad's favorites, we absolutely knew this needed to be our next copycat recipe that we brought you.

Alfredo sauce is a white cheese sauce made with Parmesan cheese.  But this Olive Garden copycat is really done right with the addition of egg yolks to give it an incredible richness that will surprise your taste buds!

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Sauce

2 cups half and half (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream)
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh shredded Romano cheese
4 large egg yolks
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or white)

In a medium heat safe bowl, whisk egg yolks until lightened in color.  Set aside.

Whisk together butter, garlic and half & half, bring to a simmer, in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add cheeses and whisk to combine.  Remove from heat.  Slowly pour 1 cup of cheese mixture into egg yolks, while whisking.  Be careful to pour slowly and whisk while pouring to prevent the eggs from scrambling.

Pour egg mixture back into saucepan over low heat and whisk until well combined.  Add salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Alfredo sauce will thicken as it cools.

Serve and enjoy!
 

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Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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42 comments:

  1. OMG OMG thank you....I won't even tell you how I order a side of this sauce just to dip the breadsticks in!

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    1. pretty sure you just told us.

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    2. Who doesn't, right? Is that not the only reason people go there? It is by far the best thing on the menu.

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    3. Doesn't everyone? That is the only reason people go there is it not? It is their best menu item by far.

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  2. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to sharpen the flavours!

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    1. You are absolutely correct about adding a sprinkle of nutmeg... but it should be fresh, whole nutmeg that you grate yourself... don't buy the ground nutmeg in the spice isle of your local grocery store; there is a difference in taste.

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  3. This was amazing!!!!! A new family favorite, my kids loved it. Thank you for posting!

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  4. Unbelievably sensational! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  5. Unbelievably sensational! Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. I have the exact OG recipe from a OG chef. There are no eggs in it and a lot more butter.

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    1. Anonymous please share your recipe.

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    2. What is the recipe you follow? Please? If its the same from olive garden and a chef there I would love to know the real one!

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  7. I've been making the same sauce for over 20 yrs. I got mine off the back of the Ronzoni fettuccine pasta box.

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    1. I also got the recipe off the box, however, did it not call for 1 egg yolk and some sour cream? I have not made it for ages due to health reasons.

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  8. I work at Olive Garden and that is not the recipe for Alfredo.... It is However the recipe for Carbonara sauce.

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    1. It's actually not the recipe for either. This is my copycat version of their sauce. NOT Olive Garden recipes. Thanks for the input! Hope you enjoy it.

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    2. 1 cup milk +1 cup LIGHT cream=2 cups half and half

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    3. Sorry, Michelle, but this nothing like Carbonnara sauce.

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    4. haha this is definitely NOT Carbonara sauce, as it does not have bacon.....you certainly are not a chef there!!

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  9. A pinch of nutmeg....that's the secret ingredient in Alfredo.

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  10. They use heavy cream, whole milk, fresh garlic, flour sal,pepper and parm cheese, not the fresh grated but the sprinkle kind. No eggs. I used to work there making sauce.

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  11. I forgot...butter, a lot more than you posted

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  12. Sorry, not even close to Olive Garden's. The flavor was pretty good but the eggs gave it a weird texture.

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    1. The eggs may have scrambled while you were cooking them. Ours was perfectly smooth. Try it again if you like the flavor and strain the sauce if necessary. Enjoy!

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  13. If you make this recipe without the eggs do you think it would still turn out alright?

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    1. Absolutely! The cheeses provide all the richness you need. Enjoy!

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  14. I worked at I believe to be the first olive garden in kissimmee Florida on orange blossom trail back in the eighties when they made everything right there THIS is not the recipe the real recipe is so much easier and taste just like it. half and half knorr white sauce mix and sprinkle it from a can parm cheese and butter.Any questions mark256@neo.rr.com...

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    1. This is not meant to be their recipe, this is my version of their Alfredo Sauce (a copycat) That recipe you gave is so sad. Hopefully they have changed to real ingredients in the last 30 years. Thanks for stopping by mark!

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  15. I don't put eggs in mine. Don't think I'd try this recipe. If you use heavy cream and butter, you won't need the eggs. And FRESH finely grated cheeses make a HUGE difference.

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  16. The recipe for their alfredo sauce is right on the Olive Garden website..... this copycat is pretty darn close, and YES they use egg yolk also...

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  17. yes it is
    http://www.olivegarden.com/recipe/alfredo-sauce/man-imp-reci-prd-69

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  18. I always add a dash or two of hot sauce to every creamy white sauce recipe. It just adds a tiny bit of zing.

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  19. Made this about a month ago. Making it again this weekend - so good! Added chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms.

    An instant favorite with the girlfriend.

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  20. Can someone please tell me how many servings this makes. There are 6 people in my family.just need to know if I need to make more than one. Thanks

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  21. this recipe is good for how many people? 2?

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  22. There are two different points when you say to remove from heat. Which is correct? Or are you actually supposed to turn the heat back on at some point? If so, how high for how long?

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    1. Both are correct. The first time you are going to return to low heat and then remove again. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  23. I have used milk too but been told by chefs and fantastic cooks that the milk causes separation and other problems when making Alfredo so I only use it for thinning, if needed, ONLY..maybe a few tblsp at best. Instead I would use a full 16oz of heavy whipping cream. also..I never use garlic powder! ONLY fresh garlic or garlic salt. I have the quick cheap version then the expensive fancy version. The diff is the cheese mostly. To get off cheap buy the Italian blend of shredded cheeses (usually has about 5 or 6 diff italian cheeses and can be found at any grocery store for a few bucks)..throw in no more than a 3 cup bag of the mix. This is gonna be very thick and you MAY need to heat it good and add a bit of the milk to thin it. or add more butter to thin or you could just use a little less cheese, either way will work! Now, depending on your taste buds and budget you can also add an additional amount of straight shredded parmesan but you will need to add some more of that heavy cream and butter to adjust! or you can take any mix of imported Italian cheeses but make sure you are heavy on the parm and do not forget the romano, asiago..hmm who does not love that, right? Anyway..!! also, ((((( for a smooth texture add 1-2 tsp of cream cheese but NO MORE! or instead of it being smooth it will start to taste like cream cheese and that will suck!))) Don't forget a little nutmeg-try to keep it fresh if you can! I make this on a regular basis along with other cheese sauces so I kinda got it down and do not really use "recipes" so to speak since we all enjoy diff things, I think what is most important to remember when making alfredo is the HEAVY whipping cream and the eggs, butter and garlic!! If you get that part right then you always have an olive garden experience with your sauces..always! the rest is just dependant on what you prefer, what you can afford or what you have time for. Oh..also..the butter will thin your sauce too until it starts to cool..so if your a little too thick, kick up the heat and throw in some butter and beat the crap out of it with a whisk! Enjoy! BTW-Guess what I am making for dinner tonight? yeah-you got it! tonight it's gonna be chicken Alfredo but grab about 20 oz of the medium cooked shrimp. This will allow a family of 4 to get drunk on at least 15-20 shrimps each! That is like a shrimp for every heavenly bite..almost! But we are hogs..this could actually feed a good six people if you are going restaurant style.

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  24. Can you please share the recipe of "Red Lobster Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits"?

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