Kitchen Basics: Alfredo Sauce

This post was originally published in 2012. Since then, we’ve updated the post with a printable recipe card as well as the photos. The recipe is nearly the same though, as I’ve been making this Alfredo sauce for years and still love it.

In one of the last kitchen basics posts, a reader asked about homemade fettuccine Alfredo sauce. I was super excited, because (1) Alfredo sauce is quite easy to make. And (2) in order to show my favorite recipe, I needed to make fettuccine, which means I get to eat a big plate of pasta. Score! I don’t eat pasta all that often. But when I do, it’s such a treat. A warm bowl of pasta is the perfect comfort food.
Alfredo Sauce, makes about two cups of sauce.

Needed:
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt + pepper to taste.

If you can whisk, you can make this Alfredo sauce—it’s very simple (see the recipe below.) The most “tricky” part is slowly tempering the egg yolk so it doesn’t cook too quickly. I also love how homemade Alfredo sauce has a slightly yellow color to it, kind of a butter yellow. It’s so pretty and delicious!

Other than fettuccine Alfredo, my other favorite use for this homemade Alfredo sauce is as a pizza sauce! I love white sauce pizza, especially topped with lots of vegetables. Make some pasta or pizza this weekend. Do it! xo. Emma

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Alfredo Sauce

Course Main Course
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese powdered
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, melt together the butter and yogurt over medium heat. Whisk in the cream.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and add a tablespoon of the hot cream—whisk together. This will temper the yolk. Now, add the yolk to the pot and whisk to combine.

  3. Let this simmer for a few minutes to allow the cream to thicken. Stir in the cheese, garlic powder, and season with salt + pepper.

Recipe Notes

For the Parmesan cheese, I like to use the powdered kind for this recipe. 

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious! Definitely will add it to our normal rotation of dinners. 🙂

  • I tried this and it just turned weird and gloopy. I think maybe the greek yogurt caused it to curdle? Flavor was good but texture was definitely off.

  • 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing! Alfredo sauce is something I only have when I eat out (which is not much these days). The jarred alfredo grosses me out, and I’ve never attempted making it at home.

    I just made this and it turned out great! I am so pleased with myself, and I will be making this again in the future for sure!

    • 5 stars
      Yay! Glad you liked it. And I agree, also not a fan of jarred Alfredo Sauce. Jarred tomato sauce is often really good but for some reason Alfredo tends to have a weird flavor to me, almost chemical or something.

  • Make this often, similar recipe but without the egg (so a bit less stress) and it comes out great!

  • This was so yummy.

    I’ve always struggled with cooking, and lately I’ve been challenging myself to 1) Improve my cooking skillz (<3) and 2) To really enjoy cooking.

    This was so easy… and my family thought it was so delicious that it did wonders for my self esteem 🙂

  • I love tagliatelle, we will try this recipe soon with my husband.Greek yogurt is the same as Turkish yogurt 🙂 like Turkish coffee named Greek coffe in greece.. ha ha 🙂 my recipe will be very original…I guess..ok girls love from Turkey..take care..

  • I’ve never made Alfredo before but now it is at the top of my list!

  • I LOVE alfredo. Butter, cheese and carbs – gotta love that!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

  • Thanks for sharing, Emma! I love Alfredo sauce, but I never tried making it on my own. I will now!

  • Hi Emma (and the BM ladies!),
    This looked so good that I had to make it tonight! Although its Spring here in Oz, we had a beautiful rainy day, and hey, whats better on a rainy day than pasta!?!

    I really enjoyed your Alfredo sauce! I like to try out different ones every now and then, and yours is fab- so tasty!
    Thanks so much for sharing it!
    Luvluv,
    Sway
    loversnotliars.blogspot.com

  • Yummy! Alfredo sauce is my favourite!

    X

    http://kendra-genevieve-rose.blogspot.com

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  • Basics always are the best, on a week night with a glass of white wine, this is a beautiful night!
    Olive xox

  • I’ve made alfredo sauce before, but never with yogurt. I can’t wait to see what that does to the flavor profile.

  • This cream looks so delicious! If you like italian food, try some of my recipes and let be inspired by the pics I take: http://lifeincurl.blogspot.com

  • “A warm bowl of pasta is the perfect comfort food”
    YES. Also, I didn’t realise how easy this was to make! I’m definitely giving it a go, as pasta is a wonderful “on a budget” food.

    Alli xx

  • Mmmmm, so hungry right now!

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

  • Wow, this looks awesome. I absolutely love alfredo sauce, to the point that I crave it. They don’t do it here in the UK though, so my only option is to make it. Trouble is it’s so bad for you… Not that this recipe is innocent, but I like the greek yoghurt touch. Planning on making this very soon!

  • Since I’m Italian I eat pasta very often but I have to say to all Americans out there that “Alfredo sauce” is pretty common in USA but in Italy it doesn’t exist. I know it’s weird, like “bolognese spaghetti” made with meat balls… well there are “fettuccine con ragù alla bolognese” (ragù means “sauce of minced meat, tomato, onions and sometimes carrots) and people eat spaghetti with meat balls as well, but it’s a kind of Disney thing, if you know what I mean 😀

    Anyway you can find the story about “fettuccine Alfredo” in it’s own website here

    http://www.alfredo-roma.it/index-eng.htm

    but you must know that you’ll find it only in that restaurant in Rome! 😉

    xoxoxox

    Claudia

    • Interesting background! There are LOTS of dishes in the US that are associated with specific nationalities but that really are “American” in the sense that they either were created here, or are eaten here but not so much in the country of origin. Italian-American cuisine is definitely it’s own thing, with a long and rich history here in the US, and is pretty distinct from Italian-from-Italy cuisine. The same can be said for Chinese-American food, Mexican-American, Japanese-American, and on and on.

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  • love pasta alfredo. definitely going to dry your version. thanks for sharing, emma.

  • The Greek Yogurt makes me feel less guilt about all that cream! But when it tastes so good, who really cares in the end? 🙂

  • I’ve never made my own alfredo sauce, I always buy it. I really want to try this!

  • MMM Im hungry now!! 🙂 Look so tasty! 🙂

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  • I’m crazy about pasta too! There’s nothing so delicious as a good pasta dish, plus, many of them are so easy to make. Never tried the Alfredo sauce, but I’ll definitely will!

  • I second the addition of a little nutmeg. It sounds weird, but it really accentuates the flavor of the parmesan.

  • I will try this pasta!! seems yummy

    Kisses
    <3 Val
    www.beautyval13.blogspot.com.ar

  • This looks absolutely amazing! I will have to try it!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I would have never thought of using Greek yogurt in Alfredo Sauce… sounds delicious! I will definitely be trying this soon. 🙂

    ~ Megan
    http://sweetpeapumpkinpeach.blogspot.com/

  • Holy yum… perfect comfort food! Will def be trying this out on one of those cold rainy days coming up!

    http://rivercitysammon.com

  • Pasta is my FAVE! This recipe looks so yummy too 🙂 It’s pretty similar to a carbonara! x

  • mmmmm!this looks delicious!can you believe i have never had Alfredo sauce?
    im buying the ingredients and making it tomorrow evening!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • This is a lot easier than I thought. Thanks for sharing, will be making this for my fiance pronto!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

  • I LOVE this recipe. I never thought to use greek yogurt in Alfredo sauce. I bet it adds a nice hint of tang. I’m excited to try this.

  • It’s funny ‘cos this “Alfredo sauce” doesn’t exist in Italy (I’m Italian) ^_^

  • Yummy! Alfredo is my favorite!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

  • it looks yummy!
    but real alfredo sauce has flour, butter, milk, salt, white pepper and pork ham (the frenchs calls it bechamel sauce)

  • I always love how everybody’s alfredo sauce recipe is a little different. Yours sounds great, Emma! xo Deanna
    http://curlyadventures.blogspot.com

  • This is such a great recipe to know! I hate store bought alfredo sauce so it is nice to have a homemade recipe!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

  • That sounds amazing! I’ve been looking for an Alfredo sauce recipe to use. I Can’t wait to try it. I might try it over some gnocchi!

    Thanks

    Grant a.k.a. the domesticated duck

  • I LOVE alfredo sauce and this looks so easy! Pinning it so I can try it soon! 🙂

  • ooooo that looks SO GOOD! i love eating pasta too even though i dont do it often. Surprising, because it’s so quick and easy to make! 🙂 I can’t wait to try this!
    Rory
    http://www.wearaboutsblog.com/

  • Alfredo sauce is my favorite, pasta is something I make multiple times a week (so quick and easy!). I’ve never thought of making my own rather than using cans, but I will DEFINITELY be trying this out soon! Thanks!!

    http://whiskeybreakfast.blogspot.com

  • I make alfredo sauce more than I should and I wanted to add in that adding some crushed red pepper flakes to the butter for a minute or so before adding everything else makes a delightfully spicy sauce. I’m always sad when ordering Alfredo because it never has the spice mine does at home.

  • Yum, your Alfredo Sauce sounds so good. I really might need to try it some time.

  • OMG This is so awesome!

    My mom and I were stuck with now sauce for our pasta and this should have come sooner!

    Thanks! Definitely saving!

    Melinda

  • My favorite Italian place here in Austin, TX (Milto’s, its called) puts little bits of dill in their alfredo sauce. It gives it a really unique, amazing flavor. This recipe looks really good, but I’d have to try it with some dill added 🙂

  • Pasta is hands down the best comfort food. A.k.a number one in my heart. Thanks for sharing Emma!

    -Melissa
    Http://shakeshakee.blogspot.com

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