Homemade Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce made with simple ingredients like butter, milk & Parmesan cheese! Cream Cheese adds a smooth & creamy texture to this easy, flavorful Alfredo sauce recipe.
We absolutely love to eat our pasta around my house and one of our favorite pasta sauces is alfredo sauce. It’s so versatile and easy to use for everything from pasta to casseroles, lasagna, and pizza toppings too. This homemade cream cheese alfredo sauce is such a delicious blend of rich and creamy, you will never go back to store bought once you’ve tried this recipe.
Easy Alfredo Sauce with Cream Cheese
If you have been a long-time follower of ours you may have noticed this sauce looks familiar. That’s because it is! First featured in our Creamy Tomato Pasta recipe several years ago, this sauce is making a big comeback with its own dedicated recipe post. We have been a huge fan of this alfredo sauce with milk and cream cheese for many years and cannot wait to hear how much you enjoy it now too.
While this is not an authentic alfredo sauce, it is a good alternative to it. It’s packed with so much flavor in every bite that it’s perfect for your family meals. Just give it a try and you taste buds will thank us!
Alfredo Sauce Ingredients
-Butter: You will need 3 tablespoons of butter to melt down for the roux.
-Flour: Using 2 tablespoons of flour will help to thicken your sauce.
-Milk: You will need 2 cups of whole milk (although half and half is fine). This will get your sauce to a nice thick consistency.
-Cream cheese: You will need to use 4 ounces of cream cheese for this sauce to make it perfectly creamy.
-Parmesan cheese: To make your alfredo nice and cheesy use ¾ cups of parmesan cheese.
-Seasonings: To season your sauce and make it taste incredible, add in 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and add in some black pepper to your liking.
Step by step on how to make Homemade Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce
Making the roux
Start with melting your butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
Once the butter has fully melted, whisk in the flour until combined.
Add the liquid
Adding to the roux mixture, gradually add in the milk, whisking as you go to combine. Once all of the milk has been added and it’s hot, now add in the cream cheese. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not bring the sauce to a boil.
Continue to whisk until the cream cheese has fully melted.
Add cheese and seasonings
Carefully bring the sauce up to an “almost boil” and add in your parmesan cheese.
Next add in the salt, garlic powder, and pepper, feel free to taste test to ensure you’ve seasoned enough for your preference.
Last step, let the sauce simmer until everything is melted together and a smooth texture.
Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!
HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE ALFREDO SAUCE
- 3 TBSP butter
- 2 TBSP flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ¾ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- Melt butter in saucepan on medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour.
- Gradually add in milk, whisking to combine as you go. Once all the milk has been added and it's hot ( careful, do not boil!) add the cream cheese. Whisk to combine.
- Bring the sauce to an almost boil, then add in the Parmesan cheese. Whisk well until cheese is melted and fully incorporated into the sauce.
- Add in the salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste.
- Simmer sauce until all is melted and smooth.
- Serve over pasta & enjoy!
How long is the Alfredo sauce recipe with cream cheese good for?
Have leftover sauce? Not a problem! Keep your leftover sauce stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply reheat and use whenever desired and enjoy.
What can I use leftover alfredo sauce for?
You can use your leftover sauce for anything and everything in between. It’s great as a sauce for pizza, it goes well in casseroles, soups, and a variety of pasta. Make shrimp fettuccine, chicken alfredo, or use it as the sauce in a white sauce lasagna.
Does Cream Cheese make Alfredo sauce better?
In my opinion, YES! Adding cream cheese to this sauce results in a creamier and smoother texture, which results in a delicious meal everyone will enjoy!
Is Cream Cheese Keto friendly?
Absolutely, it’s actually a keto favorite. As a result of the high calorie count, fat content and protein, the nutritional profile means it’s a great addition to a meal or snack when you need more fat.
Can I freeze Cream Cheese Alfredo sauce?
Yes, of course you can! When kept in the freezer in an airtight container, alfredo sauce can stay fresh up to 3 months. You can keep the sauce in the freezer beyond that timeframe, but be warned that could affect the taste and texture if you store the sauce too long.
Check out these other great Alfredo-flavored recipes for more inspiration!
- SLOW COOKER CHICKEN ALFREDO SOUP
- CROCKPOT CHICKEN ALFREDO LASAGNA
- BACON ALFREDO PIZZA
- LIGHT & CREAMY ALFREDO SAUCE
- MEXICAN CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA BAKE
- ALFREDO TWICE BAKED POTATOES
- CHICKEN ALFREDO SOUP
Homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese is so easy to make from the comfort of your own home thanks to this simple and effortless recipe. This easy cream cheese alfredo sauce will keep you coming back for seconds!
Homemade alfredo sauce with cream cheese is so easy to make from the comfort of your own home thanks to this simple and effortless recipe. By following just a few basic steps using simple ingredients this easy cream cheese alfredo sauce will be ready to devour and will keep you coming back for seconds!