5-Minute Alfredo Sauce

5-Minute Alfredo Sauce

5-Minute Alfredo Sauce

Traditionally made with heavy cream and butter, my version has no cream and no butter. Before cooking, be sure to whisk until there are no lumps. While cooking, stir continually to avoid sticking or burning. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 2 1/2 cups

5-Minute Alfredo Sauce


  • 2 1/2 cups milk (I use 1% low fat milk)
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk milk & flour until smooth and place in a sauce pan.
  2. Add Parmesan and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve over fettuccini or your favorite pasta.

17 Comments on "5-Minute Alfredo Sauce"

  1. Linda

    Can you substitute 2% in this as well as most of your recipes for 1% milk?

    • Jenny

      I only post my recipes as I make them so you would have to try. It seems that 1 or 2% are pretty close but I can’t say for sure unless I’ve done it myself.

  2. Cinnamon

    Hi jenny. Love your recipes, and you. Could you please put the nutrition with your recipes? I know they are a healthier version but, my husband is a diabetic and I would love to cook everything you make. I could eat it all. Keep them coming. You are terrific.

  3. Suzanne

    Can almond milk be used?

  4. gambra 1

    Gracias por tus recetas, son maravillosas !!! y fáciles. Saludos desde Argentina!

  5. Yvonne

    I never let my husband order this in a restaurant (poor guy) because of the fat content. I guess I’ll be making this for him very soon. He always says that he likes my “restaurant” better anyway.

  6. Gale

    Hi Jenny,
    I’m so glad to find you! Two things in particular I really like and find helpful:
    1. No foo-foo fussy stuff! I like to keep it simple!
    2. Easy on damaged, or for some of us ‘older’ cooks, wrists! I can make bread again. Thanks!
    Could I ask for a consideration? Please, beside your archived stuff (February 2012, example) put one or two short words to tell what I might find there? I don´t want to plow through this whole (rather daunting!) list of archived material to find, for instance, something on sweet potatoes! Thanks for considering..

    • Jenny

      Besides the recipe search box, there is also a blog search box that should be helpful in finding things.

  7. Teresa

    I stumbled across your recipes on YouTube and have been browsing your videos and recipes. I am so impressed that everything is so simple! You don’t use a ton of fussy extra ingredients to make things fancy. I’m excited to start trying your recipes. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  8. Mady

    I have traditionally bought Alfredo sauce , But since making your version I will Never go back. It was delicious . Thanks Jenny.

  9. Alexandra

    I have a question about heating up cheese..
    Won’t they turn grainy if you put them on heat? I thought usually the cheese is added after we turn off the heat..? thanks!

  10. The Novice Baker

    Do you grate your own cheese, or do you use some from a canister?

    • Jenny

      I buy my armesan cheese already grated from the deli section of the store, where they grate it fresh, not the packed kind.

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