Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce | Skinny Alfredo Sauce

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 Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce

A Skinny Alfredo Sauce & Easy Alfredo Sauce

This Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce recipe is my most popular recipe of all time. If you made it and love it be sure to check out the other two recipes at the bottom of this post using the same basic cream sauce recipe that everyone loves.

How to make homemade alfredo sauce

Easy Alfredo Sauce

This Easy Homemade Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce made without cream cheese or half and half. You could call it a skinny alfredo sauce.

 How to make homemade alfredo sauce

When I was a child my mother would make a white sauce to pour over vegetables.

 She would make creamed spinach, creamed corn or pour the white sauce over Brussels sprouts.  I loved this homemade white sauce as a child and it’s probably the reason I ate vegetables like spinach and brussel sprouts as I was growing up. It is my most favorite family recipe.

One day a few years ago (ha like 12 years ago but who’s counting?) I was in the mood for some Fettuccini Alfredo but didn’t have any jarred alfredo sauce on hand and decided to make my own using the white sauce my mother made as a base.

At the time, I had no idea how an alfredo sauce was made.  Years later when I looked it up I saw most of the recipes have cream cheese added and half and half or cream.  To be honest, I prefer the way mine turns out much better. You could look at this recipe as a lower calorie alternative, but you would never know it by tasting it. And by making it yourself you can season it to your own liking.

This easy alfredo sauce recipe makes enough alfredo sauce to cover 1 pound of fettuccine noodles. You can half it with no problem if you need to prepare a smaller amount.
You can also half it and omit the parmesan cheese and use it as a cream sauce for over vegetables if you’re not in the mood for fettuccine alfredo.
Click the link to find more delicious pasta sauce ideas from Reader’s Digest.
Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo 

How to make the best homemade alfredo sauce ever

  •  1 lb box of fettuccine noodles, cooked
  • 4 tbs butter or margarine
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ to ¾ a cup of grated Parmesan cheese or a parmesan cheese blend
You can use the powdered Parmesan cheese or fresh Parmesan cheese. I’ve used both. Adjust the amounts used if using fresh. Fresh is a bit stronger.
Start with ½ cup of parmesan cheese and taste before adding more.
Cook the pasta as directed on the box in salted water.
Start boiling the water about 10 minutes before you start making your sauce. 
You want to have the pasta ready at about the same time your sauce will be finished.

To make the Alfredo sauce:

 Add the butter, salt and pepper to a heavy, medium sized pot. Heat  over a medium heat.

You don’t want to use too small of a pot because you will be whisking the sauce as it cooks and thickens. If the pot is too small the sauce could splash and drip over the side of the pot making a big mess.
Once the butter has melted add the flour and whisk until smooth, removing all lumps from the flour. 
Slowly pour the milk in and whisk until smooth again. Turn the heat up a bit to about medium high.
Add ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, whisk until combined. Taste to see if the flavor of parmesan is strong enough for you. If not, add the remaining parmesan cheese.

Today I actually used a Romano & Parmesan cheese blend for my alfredo sauce. Continue whisking until the sauce has thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. The sauce will thicken even further as it cools. If it thickens too much before you can add it to your pasta thin it with a little pasta water or milk.
Drain your pasta and put into a large bowl. Pour the alfredo sauce over the pasta and mix until the pasta is evenly coated.
This skinny and Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce recipe is now available in the Easy Recipe  format for easy printing and saving. Scroll down to print the recipe. 
Serve immediately with a crusty french bread or a slice of homemade white bread.
Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
This sauce is very versatile. You can make a cheese sauce by substituting the parmesan cheese with cheddar cheese.
If you like a little spice to your fettuccini alfredo sprinkle ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes in the sauce when you remove it from the heat.
You can also add some broccoli and cooked chicken if you like for another spin on Fettuccine Alfredo.
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Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce | Skinny Alfredo Sauce
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Recipe type: Homemade Alfredo Sauce
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb box of fettuccini noodles, cooked
  • 4 tbs butter or stick margarine
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ to ¾ a cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • or a parmesan cheese blend
  1. Cook pasta while making Alfredo sauce, rinse well and set aside.
To make the Alfredo Sauce
  1. Melt the butter over medium high heat in a heavy bottomed medium sized saucepan.
  2. Add salt, pepper and flour to the pan. Whisk until smooth and the rue turns a pale brown.
  3. Slowly pour milk and whisk until combined.
  4. Add ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, continue to whisk until cheese melts into the mixture and becomes smooth.
  5. Dip a spoon in a taste. Adjust seasoning and cheese if needed. If the Parmesan flavoring is too weak add ¼ to ½ more to the pot and continue to whisk.
  6. Continue to cook over medium heat, whisking until the sauce becomes thick.
  7. Once thickened remove from the heat. Pour over pasta and mix well.
  8. Serve immediately.
  9. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  10. If the sauce thickens too much thin with a small amount of milk.
  11. Alternately you can reserve some of the pasta water to thin the Alfredo sauce if needed.
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  1. Lex says

    Great recipe Thanks! I didn’t have cream cheese so this was the perfect recipe for what I had on hand, better without cream cheese and not as harsh on the stomach. Writing this one down for keeps 😉
    Thanks for sharing,

    • says

      Thank you Lex I hope you enjoy it. I’ve never made alfredo sauce with cream cheese. Matter of fact I had no clue there was cream cheese in it. I love this recipe. Sometimes I add pepper jack cheese to it to give it a nice kick.


  2. Tori McCroskey says

    My husband & I are Alfredo freaks. This recipe was so EASY and so DELICIOUS! Even my 1 year old son loves it! We will be using this from now on, thank you!

  3. plaidjammies says

    Thank you So Much! I don’t keep a lot of extra things in the pantry….there’s just me…and I came home with such a yearning for fettucini. Your recipe was the only ‘quick and easy’ one that didn’t call for cream, whipping cream, or cream cheese…none of which I have around. It’s cold and blustery, I’ll soon light a fire, and get to sit it front of it..and the TV…and feel very blessed. I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I read above, I will love it. Thank you, again, so much.

  4. cjboatner says

    thanx for the recipe, can’t wait to try it, i’m going to use it as part of my stuffed bell pepper recipe. my boys will be super excited to have a new spin on dinner.

  5. PEBBLEZ says

    YAY!!!! I am happy I found this!!! I going to add cheddar to my kids broccoli , and they are gonna love this!!!! Thanks so much for this!

  6. Christina says

    Thank you so much–the sauce turned out perfect! I have to admit, I thought it was harder to make than this. Your sauce is super yummy!

  7. Kirsten says

    Thanks for the recipe! YOU SAVED MY SUPPER! I was in a panic when I realized I didn’t have any jarred sauce and then I found this recipe! I whipped it up (using soymilk and vegan butter but regular parmesan) and I got 2 thumbs up from my very fussy children!! Dead easy and delicious! I will never buy jarred sauce again!

  8. Tiffany says

    Fantastic recipe. It was the first time I have made Alfredo, I am so glad I stumbled across this when I googled “how to”. This is for sure going in my recipe book for the future when I need it again! Thank you!!! :)

  9. Michelle says

    My son wanted Alfredo but had no sauce or cream. So found this recipe!! I love it!! I was so easy to make and tastes so much better!!! Thank you!

  10. Jill says

    I was wondering how to go about warming this up the next day. I want to make for lunch to take to work and only have a microwave to heat things up there.

  11. O's Mama says

    did a quick search for Alfredo sauce, came across this… didn’t realize how simple it really is! thanks! of course I had condensed milk not regular milk so I used it, and I thought I had Parmesan, but found out too late that I’m out (insert gasp here) so I substituted mozzarella cheese which needed over a cup to make it work… It was good though and I can’t wait to make it the right way, thanks again!

  12. Sherrie says

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. My oven is broken so I can only use the cooktop so I had to use leftovers for dinner this evening. I wanted to make pasta with alfredo sauce. I found your recipe first and thought I woukd try it. I sauteed mushrooms, red peppers and left over bbq chicken, mixed them with your sauce and poured it over penne noodles. It was amazing. I will definitely be making it again. It was a huge hit. Thanks!

  13. Jenn says

    This Alfredo sauce came out absolutely perfect!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was so simple to make and everyone loved it! Could I double this recipe?

  14. says

    Great Base Recipe! I knew Alfredo sauce didn’t have a LOT of ingredients so when I ran out of the usual pre-made pasta kits (you know…the famous blue box) my family knew it was game on because we’re not shopping again until EVERYTHING is out of the house! My daughter found 1/2 box of lasagna and thinkig we still had some of the jar alfredo sauce left suggested I just combine the two. After surveying the remaining contents of our fridge and doing a search for Alfredo sauce, I decided on a collard lasagna dish with your (modified) alfredo sauce recipe. The other recipes called for heavy cream so after another search I found you. The kids were like, “oh great…she’s at it again…another concoction.” It turned out GREAT! Everyone was pleasantly surprised (myself included) and requested to take the leftover to school this morning! Thanks so much.

  15. Rochelle says

    Soooooooooooo easy & kid-friendly!!!! Going to throw in some garlic next time, cause that’s a favorite around here <3

    Elk Grove, CA

  16. Olga says

    Thanks a bunch. I left my cookbook at home when I moved out and I always made it this way. I love this recipe. I looked up fettuccine alfredo but could only find ones with cream, but this way is much better. Thanks again…

  17. Micah says

    didn’t have cream either… i have some left over steak i’m gonna throw in it and some fresh garlic . trying to think of ways to use leftovers that usually get thrown away. thanks for this recipe definitely saving it :)

  18. Z Owl says

    Thank you! This is how myy mom makes it& couldn’t remember the exact amounts & like others didnt have the wierd stuff like cream or cream cheese in the other recipes on hand. Thanks for saving the day!

  19. Andrina G says

    I love alfredo. I wonder if your sauce would work in something like Olive Gardens five cheese ziti. I have been trying to figure out how to recreate it but healthier.

  20. kaoshavoc says

    Oh my goodness. This is amazing. I just could not stop eating it. I prolly put in a little more Parmesan than I should have, but after about 3 bites it transformed into something amazing. I mean the first bite I was like wow, that is the best I have had, just a bit too much Parmesan. Second bite I was like, ‘wow getting better.’ Third bite, I knew that I had not added to much Parmesan, I just needed to let the other ingredients put in their two cents. I put the full 2/3 cup in at first because it was all that I had left. Yes, it was the Kraft stuff in a bottle, still amazing. Now, I am going to go finish the pot :D.

  21. Darlene says

    I found your recipe about 6 weeks ago – and it quickly became a favorite with my family served over penne with chicken and mushrooms! We make it once a week – and again is we have company over!! I usually add about 1 tsp of garlic powder to the flour , and some dried parsley with the cheese for some green specs…. though dill would also be amazing too….
    Thank you so much for the fabulous recipes…. will try the spicy chicken one next!!

  22. Molie says

    This recipe worked great for me and the result was great! I wouldve liked however that the time it takes to make the sauce and the number of servings would be mentioned

  23. thuy says

    wow! ive just tried this recipe as a QUICK fixed! i wanted to make pasta alfredo because there wasnt anything at home and i had to heavy cream or cream cheese as stated in other recipes, so i opted to try this one! very tasty!!! will definitely be making this again!

  24. Amy says

    I have to tell you this is the best Alfredo sauce I’ve ever made! And the easiest! My family is in love! Thank you for sharing <3

  25. Megan says

    Just had to tell you… I have used this recipe twice and it is FOOLPROOF. I am not a big cook and this turned out perfectly. So easy and delicious. Thank you very much for sharing.

  26. Marie says

    absolutely delicious! i halved the recipe and made it in the microwave (taking care to remove and whisk regularly, every 45 sec or so), and while it likely took a little longer, it came out just fine. i used grated romano, and didn’t cut the salt back enough, but it was still delicious.
    thanks for posting: it’s now my default alfredo sauce!

  27. brandi says

    Love it !!!! I just love finding new recipes and digging through the house to see if i got everything to make it. Sure did this time, just got done making it .its awesome !

  28. says

    Just want to say thank you for posting this! It’s so easy and convenient, this is our go-to Alfredo sauce recipe now. (Bow-tie pasta is the kids’ favorite though.) For our family of five, I think it’s more economical than buying jars (based on the ladles of sauce they pour on their pasta). Definitely tastier and more versatile! I couldn’t stop dunking my garlic bread in it today! Thank your mom for us!

  29. Antoinette says

    I never do reviews on recipes I find online, but I’ve got to say, this is hands down the best Alfredo recipe ever and I’ve tried dozens! Well done! Thank you for such a great recipe. This is definitely a keeper!

    • says


      Thank you so much! I am so happy you loved the recipe. I made it myself again Thursday night for dinner. I love it. Added a little ground red pepper to this time to add a nice little zing to it.

  30. tania says

    Just tried this recipe today and I loved it. I didnt have any parmesan cheese as i am greek and we use another kind of cheese called mitzithrha, so I used that instead and also added in some garlic as we greeks love garlic and add it in just about everything.. Anyhow It was oh sooo yummy and so easy. Definately going to be making this again. These are ingredients I always have in my fridge so its perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!

  31. Sherri says

    I am going to be trying this tonight with my Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed shells, The recipe I currently use has more ingredients, heavy cream, milk, butter, Parm/Romano, garlic, 1-2 doz of egg yolks depending on amount I am making. It will be nice to cut down the ingredients for a quick sauce! I will def. keep the garlic in mine though, I love the taste it gives. Thanks for a quick and easy recipe!

  32. Rachel says

    We are trying this today. I cant wait. Every other recipe requires so much more and you have great reviews. I have been looking for a good Alfredo recipe.

  33. Damalis Martinez says

    I tried this recipe for the 1st time in December 2013. I have had Alfredo sauce in every way… cream cheese, heavy cream, half and half, in the jar. However, since this recipe this is the way I make it now and prefer it. Thanks a billion.

  34. Krista says

    I made this sauce tonight to toss with chicken and bacon filled ravioli and it was perfect! Cut the recipe in half, since it was a meal for two, and it still turned out lovely. Thank you!

  35. Chloe says

    Found & made this recipe last night and it was a huge hit!! So easy and so delicious. My picky kids (and husband) inhaled it :) Will make it again many times I’m sure! Thank-you

  36. ToriM says

    I have to tell you my husband has been craving fettuchini Alfredo but we didn’t want to use the jar kind. He found this and we tried it last night with on hand ingredients. SO GOOD! As good as or better than olive garden because it also didn’t make me regret eating it later lol!

    We didn’t half it for the two of us so we have left over. what is your suggestion for reheating?

    • says


      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. When I reheat it I add a little milk and heat it up in the microwave adding more milk until I get the consistency that I want.

  37. Eddie Flores says

    That was quick and simple. My 13 year daughter is very picky and she said that it tasted better then the store brand. I poured it over tilapia fish and bowtie noodles. Thanks for such an easy recipe.

  38. Kayla Bryson says

    So, I really wanted to make this, but needed it to be gluten free. I had some tapioca flour on hand and used it and it worked! The sauce is AMAZING! I also sauteed some garlic cloves in olive oil and added them in—drool….. 😀

  39. krystine says

    this is the best alfredo recipe ever!!!! I always add more parm cheese because I love it! making this tonight for dinner! i could eat this at least once a week.

    • says


      Thank you! I am so glad you love the recipe. My 17-year-old daughter makes it about every two weeks. She sautes chicken in garlic and olive oil and makes chicken alfredo fettucini. She also adds ground red pepper to the sauce to make it spicy.

    • tami says

      You took the words right out of my mouth. THIS IS THE BEST AND CHEAPEST ALFREDO SAUCE EVER – BAR NONE! Thank you from my entire family – we are very satisfied. We just got done eating it for the first time – and we all just love it- it’s a keeper!

  40. Shelby says

    My husband ate three servings of this alfredo! He said he would not eat store bought ever again. Found this recipe because I didn’t have cream! Thanks

  41. Nicome says

    I followed this recipe to the letter and I recommend highly to not use 1 tsp salt. It was completely inedible with that much salt. I’ve made this sauce twice since the first disaster and have used maybe 1/4 tsp salt and the results are much better.

    • says


      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe enough to give it another shot with your salt adjustments. I’m sure it depended on the parmesan cheese you used and your salt preferences. Different brands of parm can be much more salty.


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