Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Alfredo Sauce
The Original Alfredo Sauce Recipe originated in a small restaurant in Rome and is made with butter, lot’s of it, cream, parmigiano and just a touch of freshly grated nutmeg. What could be more simple then that! It’s an all time classic Italian pasta recipe that has spread the world and coated our bellies for the last few decades.

Did you know that there really was a man named Alfredo who lived in Rome, Italy and created this recipe?

His restaurant in Rome was established in 1914 and named “Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa”. Which means in Italian “Alfredo of the Sow” or pig for a better translation. It is still located to this day on Via Della Scrofa where you can go and enjoy an authentic Fettucini Alfredo. Alfredo is no longer there but what better place to experience his legacy. When I lived in Rome I never had the opportunity to eat there but I hear the food is delicious and they boast the Fettucini Alfredo as their signature dish.

Today this original Alfredo recipe is shared among gourmet restaurants around the world. Now that you have a little background, let’s start with the basics!

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Recipe from Ree Drummond thepioneerwoman.com
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Level: Easy
Serves:about 2 cups


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • Pasta cooking water, as needed


  1. In a saucepan or skillet, warm the butter and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Add the Parmesan and stir until melted.
  2. Toss to combine, thinning with pasta water if necessary.
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