Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Milk

Have you ever started making a pasta dish only to realize you don’t have any Alfredo sauce jars in the pantry? Yes, been there, done that! So I knew I needed to make my own simple Alfredo sauce with the food items that I typically had stocked at home.

Alfredo Sauce Without Heavy Cream

a typical Alfredo sauce is made with heavy cream, butter and parmesan cheese as the main ingredients. Heavy cream just isn’t an ingredient that I would usually have at home unless I planned to make a specific recipe that I needed it for. The first time I made the sauce, I happened to have milk, as well as cream cheese at home already. So I wanted to use those ingredients in place of the heavy cream.

The cream cheese and butter will help the milk thicken to the cream consistency.

spinach and alfredo sauce simmering on a stove top

What if the Alfredo Sauce is Too Thick?

Add more milk as you are stirring on low heat. This should help thin the sauce out.

Can Alfredo Sauce Be Left Out?

Alfredo sauce made from scratch at home contains no additional preservatives, so any leftovers should be stored in the fridge after it has cooled down. Homemade Alfredo sauce should be fine in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?

Yes you can freeze Alfredo sauce for up to 6 months. However creamy sauces can change in texture once defrosted. Its best to reheat the sauce by stirring it over low heat.

Is Alfredo Sauce and White Sauce the Same Thing?

They are different because a white sauce is made with thickened roux of butter and flour, with milk mixed in as opposed to the parmesan cheese, garlic and butter with Alfredo sauce.

Homemade Alfredo Sauce with Milk

alfredo sauce made with cream cheese, herbs, milk and butter in two jars

Homemade, creamy Alfredo Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 garlic cloves mined
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese


  1. Heat and melt butter in a sauce pan, add garlic
  2. Work in the flour into the butter (no clumps)
  3. Slowly whisk the milk until smooth
  4. Add the herbs
  5. Whisk until well combined and thick (if sauce is too thick
    for your liking you can always add more milk)

Try this Alfredo sauce with our Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole dish.

alfredo sauce in 2 mason jars. This is a Pinterest pin.

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