Creamy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Melt the butter: In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.
  • Infuse with garlic: Add the minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant, stirring frequently. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add cream and simmer: Gradually whisk in the heavy cream and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Continue simmering for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce slightly thickens.
  • Melt in the cheese: Remove the pan from the heat. Gradually add the Parmesan cheese, whisking constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Season: Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve: Serve immediately over your favorite cooked pasta.

Tips and Customization:

  • Cream cheese: For an extra rich and creamy sauce, add 2-3 ounces of softened cream cheese along with the heavy cream.
  • Flavor boost: Add a pinch of nutmeg or a sprinkle of Italian seasoning for added depth.
  • Make it your own: Stir in cooked chicken, shrimp, or vegetables for a heartier meal.
  • Storage: Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently over low heat before serving.

Enjoy your delicious, homemade Alfredo sauce!

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