Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Craving the creamy, comforting flavors of Olive Garden’s Alfredo Sauce but don’t want to leave your house? This copycat recipe brings the beloved restaurant classic to your kitchen, allowing you to whip up a luxurious pasta dish that’s sure to impress family and friends. Whether you prefer penne, fettuccine, or another pasta shape, this sauce makes any dinner feel like a special occasion. Follow these simple steps to create a rich and creamy Alfredo sauce that tastes just like Olive Garden’s.

Inspiration Behind the Recipe

The creation of this Alfredo Sauce recipe marks the inception of CopyKat, inspired by a personal quest to replicate the Olive Garden’s signature dish. Living far from the nearest Olive Garden in East Texas, the desire to enjoy this treat at home sparked a journey into the world of copycat recipes. This endeavor wasn’t just about recreating a favorite dish; it was a pivotal moment that led to the birth of many more imitations. Despite occasionally revisiting Olive Garden for their Alfredo sauce, the homemade version continues to bring the same joy and satisfaction as the first taste. Among Olive Garden’s assortment of creamy sauces, their Alfredo remains unrivaled.

This recipe offers a simple yet delightful option for pasta night, serving as either a main dish or a side, suitable for any day of the week.


Ingredients for Homemade Alfredo Sauce

To recreate this celebrated dish, you’ll need:

  • Garlic puree or powder for a robust flavor
  • Butter, with the choice of salted or unsalted
  • Heavy whipping cream, essential for achieving the sauce’s trademark richness
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for authentic taste
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning
  • Fettuccine pasta, recommended brands include Barilla or De Cecco
  • Optional parsley for garnish

Notably, this recipe does not require egg yolk or flour, ensuring a gluten-free sauce that naturally thickens upon heating.


Preparing Olive Garden’s Alfredo Sauce: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Begin by melting butter in a saucepan and sautéing the garlic puree until browned.
  2. Gradually whisk in the heavy whipping cream, allowing the mixture to bubble before adding the Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  3. Continue to stir over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Increase the heat if necessary, then combine with cooked and drained fettuccine pasta.
  4. Garnish with parsley if desired, serving a dish that promises to impress.


  • You may want to add 2 tablespoons of cream cheese if you do not like the thickness of the sauce.
  • You may omit the garlic if desired.
  • Ground white pepper adds a nice touch to Alfredo sauce.
  • While the Olive Garden does not use nutmeg in their sauce, many people like a touch of nutmeg in the sauce.

Additional Tips for Perfecting Your Alfredo Sauce

  • Opt for a block of Parmesan to grate yourself, avoiding pre-grated varieties that may not melt as smoothly.
  • Ensure the butter and cream mixture is bubbling before incorporating the cheese, facilitating a thicker sauce.
  • For leftover sauce, store separately from pasta to prevent absorption.
  • Consider adding cream cheese for an even creamier texture.

FAQs and Storage Tips

While half and half can substitute heavy cream, it may result in a thinner sauce. This recipe has been hailed by many as superior to Olive Garden’s own, with flexibility in pasta choice. For storage, keep the sauce separate from pasta in an airtight container, reheating gently with a bit of heavy cream if needed.

In crafting this Alfredo Sauce recipe, a journey began from a simple desire to replicate a cherished dish, leading to a broader exploration of culinary recreations. This sauce not only captures the essence of Olive Garden’s celebrated recipe but also embodies the joy of bringing favorite restaurant flavors into the comfort of home.

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