Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe + Video

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe is an easy way to make the creamy cheese sauce at home! Make this copycat recipe for the best pasta sauce!

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe on a plate
I love copycat recipes. And, Olive Garden is one of our favorite restaurants. So, it only makes sense that I'd want to try a few Olive Garden copycat recipes at home.

Have you had a chance to try my other copycat recipes?

Copycat Olive Garden Salad and Salad Dressing is so amazing you may eat the salad and skip the meal. Now you can make your own salad dressing copycat recipe at home.

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Parmesano Vino Bianco recipe with a rich and creamy Parmesan white wine cream sauce so delicious it may transport you to Italy.

Olive Garden Copycat Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is the ultimate copycat recipe of the classic Olive Garden soup made quick and easy in a pressure cooker.

olive garden alfredo cream pouring into pot

Meals to Make with Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

There are so many delicious meals you can make using an Alfredo sauce. Of course, two of the most popular meals are Chicken Alfredo and Broccoli Alfredo.

But, you can easily serve it over gnocchi with chunks of fresh summer vegetables. Or, why not make a ham and ravioli bake start with frozen ravioli and chunks of ham.

If you want something a little bit less formal, have you considered a French Bread pizza with Alfredo sauce instead of pizza sauce?

You can add all of your favorite toppings. Or, why not use it as the base of your favorite cream of soup?

This would work wonderfully with cream of chicken or even cream of potato.

There are lots of different ways you can serve this Alfredo sauce recipe.

Tools needed

You don't need a lot of special tools to make this copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe.

How to make restaurant recipes at home 


One of the easiest ways to make restaurant recipes like my Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is to experiment with your cooking.

If you have a favorite restaurant recipe you would like to create, just start with the basic recipe and adjust the seasonings and ingredients until you have matched their taste.

If you don't feel confident enough about your creative cooking ability, I have a lot of copycat restaurant recipes here that I've shared with you.

Try searching your favorite blogs to find the types of copycat recipes you're most interested in. Don't be afraid to make substitutions and see how you and your family like them.

You can always improve on your favorite restaurant's signature dishes.

copycat Olive Garden alfredo adding the cheese to the pot 

Frequently asked questions

How do you keep Alfredo sauce creamy? 

One of the best things about this Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is how creamy it is. If you are trying to replicate that at home, you will want to be sure that you use fresh Parmesan cheese.

Avoid using the powdered kind in the green cans. It won't melt as well and the recipe won't be as creamy as you remember it.

And, make sure that you don't overcook it.

Substitutes for heavy cream in Alfredo sauce 

While heavy cream is one of the things that helps make this Alfredo sauce what it is, there are a few possible substitutions.

You can try using soy milk with a dash of olive oil if you want a vegan option. Or, use Greek yogurt and milk combined.

Evaporated milk or milk and butter is another option that might work for you. Half and half will also work in a pinch if you need to substitute.

Storing leftovers 

If you have leftovers when you make my Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce, you should refrigerate them within two hours.

You can store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

olive garden alfredo sauce whisk the sauce 

Freezing the sauce 

If you want to freeze this, it will stay good in an airtight container for up to six months.

When it's time to reheat the frozen sauce, make sure you stir it well to prevent it from separating and curdling.

Don't rush, it's best reheated over low heat.

Uses for Alfredo sauce

I've discussed a few ways you can use this Alfredo sauce already, but here's a quick summary.

  • Pasta sauce
  • Pizza topping
  • Soup base
  • Cream topping for steamed vegetables
  • Dip for bread sticks
  • Add it to mac and cheese
  • Chicken Florentine
  • A substitute for gravy in your pot pie recipe

Enjoy!

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olive garden alfredo sauce recipe



Watch me make Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

If you want to see me make this Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce from start to finish, check out the recipe video.



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Author: Donna Elick
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Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce recipe is an easy way to make the creamy cheese sauce at home! Make this copycat recipe for the best pasta sauce!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or white)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together butter, garlic and half & half, bring to a simmer, in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add cheese, a handful at a time. Stir until the cheese is melted and then add the next handful.
  4. Return to heat, bring to a simmer. Add salt and pepper. Stir until cheese sauce is smooth and the sauce is this enough to coat the back of the spoon. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Alfredo sauce will thicken even more as it cools.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. If you want to freeze this, it will stay good in an airtight container for up to six months.

    When it's time to reheat the frozen sauce, make sure you stir it well to prevent it from separating and curdling.

    Don't rush, it's best reheated over low heat.


Originally published February 2014, updated and republished August 2020

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62 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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    2. when do you add the nutmeg?

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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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    1. Hi, do you know if this sauce freezes well? How do you keep it or do you need to make a fresh batch everytime? Thanks

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    2. Generally, dairy/butter sauces "break" upon reheating. The butter separates from the cream/milk. It's all in the chemistry. So freezing is pointless. Fresh batches are really the only way.

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

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    1. http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2013/10/copycat-red-lobster-cheddar-bay-biscuits-20-minutes.html

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  25. I used preshredded parmesan cheese and it wont melt all the way into my sauce? Did I use the wrong kind of cheese?

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    1. Awww, it should be FRESH SHREDDED Parmesan. The other has additives in it that may cause it to thicken up too much and not create a smooth sauce. Let us know how it goes next time.

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  26. The actual recipe is on the Olive Garden website. There are lots of them listed.

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  27. I do not use eggs but I do use cream cheese and mine tastes exactly like Olive Garden's. I also use fresh minced garlic not garlic powder.

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  28. Olive garden doesn't put butter in their sauce, that's a fact you can ask them.

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  29. Make a Beschamel (sp?) Sauce and add powdered fresh parmesan. Easy peasy.

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  30. Holy crap! I have never seen such know-it-all's in my entire life! Donna E. is sharing her "COPYCAT" recipe. No one asked ANY of you what your opinions are. If you know so much what are you doing on her website looking up the recipe? Hilarious! Better yet, where are your websites with all of your recipes that get clicked on by people all over the world? That's what I thought. Thanks to Donna E, and keep all the great recipes coming please.

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    1. How true Donna. People should just be thankful there are sites like this one where you can get the recipe.

      cory j.

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  31. Well put. The know-it-alls don't know it all. There is more than one route to Jerusalem. ANother example of the "me" generation. They wouldn't know a Julia Child if they saw one! Haw, Haw, Haw.

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  32. When do you add the nutmeg.

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  33. Thank you for sharing. I love all your recipes!

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  34. Thanks so much for this recipe! Best home made alfredo sauce to date!

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  35. Thanks so much for this recipe! Best home made alfredo sauce to date!

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  36. Could anyone please tell me how many servings it makes? I have 3 teenage boys and my husband and I. So i need to know if i should double it or triple it. Lol
    Thanks

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  37. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this recipe! I'm wondering if I were to make a casserole using this recipe and adding perogis should I cook them first or can I add frozen. If I use frozen should I make the sauce thinner because of the starch from the perogis.

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