5 Ingredient Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Only 5 ingredients and you have an amazing Alfredo Sauce With Cream Cheese! The cream cheese adds a lovely tang and creaminess to the sauce.

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Creamy, cheesy alfredo pasta doesn’t have to be locked behind the doors of your local Italian restaurant. With a little work and a whole lot of cheese, you can easily make it yourself!

Don’t forget to serve a side of Homemade Garlic Bread – Using Sourdough alongside your pasta! Or for something a little different you could make these Easy Cheese Stuffed Garlic Knots!

5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce on a stack of white plates

5 Ingredient Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Do you ever find yourself craving that decadent cheesy Alfredo pasta that you had at your favorite Italian restaurant one distant weekend in the past? Of course, at the same time, all that you want to do after a long day at work is whip up a quick meal and curl up on the couch?

While the good news is that recreating this much-loved restaurant dish is much simpler and quicker than you might have ever thought!

All you need are five ingredients. That’s right, five ingredients and half an hour in the kitchen and you are set for a night in front of the TV with a giant plate of delicious, cheesy pasta!

5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce ingredients in white bowls and cheese on a cutting board

Could You Use Low-Fat Alternatives?

It is an unfortunate fact of life that a cheese-based pasta dish is never going to be healthy. As much as we would all like to eat cheesy pasta every day is not good for you and is really something that should be reserved for treat days.

That being said, there are a few things that you can do to make this dish at least a little healthier.

You can swap out the cream cheese and milk for low-fat alternatives. You could also try using vegetable butter as these tend to contain less fat and be better when it comes to cholesterol.

Depending on how worried you are about the nutritional value of your pasta versus maintaining the decadence of this dish will determine how many of these changes you want to make. You might feel that just swapping one ingredient is another to make you feel better or you might want to go all out and change all three.

These are not alterations that you are going to want to make when enjoying this dish as a treat as they sadly do result in a less rich and creamy sauce. You will also find that the sauce is thinner and does not stick to the pasta as well.

5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce melted butter and cream cheese in pot

Why You Should Avoid Powdered Parmesan

The star of this sauce is the Parmesan, and for this reason, you really want to make sure you are using the best that you can find.

While this recipe is forgiving if you can’t find the very best, most expensive Parmesan from a real Italian deli, it will not be so forgiving if you use the powdered stuff that you find in every grocery store.

You absolutely want to be using a real chunk of Parmesan cheese that you grate yourself. Yes, the powdered stuff might be cheaper, easier to find, and not require you to spend time in the kitchen grating it, but when it comes to flavor they are barely the same product.

There is the well-known joke that powdered Parmesan is actually made from cardboard and while this might sound a little mean, when it is the main ingredient of your dish it might as well be.

Powdered Parmesan has its place and will happily serve its purpose when sprinkled lightly on a tomato pasta dish. But in Alfredo cheese sauce, you can’t beat the sharp cheesy taste of real Parmesan.

5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce on a white plate

Reheating Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce Leftovers

Make sure to keep any leftovers you might have as they can be reheated the next day for lunch.

Being a cream-based sauce you are going to want to be careful about how you reheat your sauce. Tossing it in a pan and cranking up the heat until it reaches a safe temperature will yield disappointing results.

You want to reheat the sauce slowly on a relatively low heat to prevent it from separating. Make sure to stir it every few minutes for an even cook and smooth consistency.

You will likely find that your sauce tastes a little different after spending the night in the fridge. To hide the taste of reheated cream try adding your favorite hot sauce. Not only does this trick work great, but you also don’t feel like you’re just eating the same meal two days in a row!

5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce in a pot with a wooden spoon

Try Adding Vegetables To Your Cream Cheese Sauce

If you’re the kind of person who easily feels guilty when treating yourself to such a rich and creamy dish like this cheese sauce, why not try tossing in some vegetables to balance things out?

The easiest option is to add in a handful of frozen green peas that you have let thaw first. Peas add that bright pop of color that instantly makes a dish feel healthier plus their slight sweetness acts as a contrast to the cheesiness.

Peas are not the only veggie that works well with this creamy cheese pasta, why not try some of these other vegetables to vary up such a simple dish?

  • Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn is one of those incredibly versatile vegetables that you can add to almost any dish for a little extra color and a sweet crunch.

Both frozen sweetcorn and canned corn would work in your cheese sauce. Just make sure that frozen corn is thoroughly thawed before adding it to the sauce to prevent adding extra water that you don’t want in the sauce.

  • Chopped Cauliflower

Chopped cauliflower might not add much in the way of color to your pasta but it is super healthy and blends in a lot more than most other vegetables.

Cauliflower is one of the best options if you’re serving this dish to a younger audience who tends to put up a fight when confronted with green vegetables.

  • Chopped Broccoli

Broccoli works best when you want to add some color to what would otherwise be a rather pale dish but you don’t necessarily want the overall texture to be altered.

The nice thing about broccoli is that when you chop it into small pieces it flakes apart when cooking. This results in speckles of green throughout the dish without having too much of an impact on texture.

Plus everyone knows broccoli is super healthy!

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Only 5 ingredients and you have an amazing Alfredo Sauce With Cream Cheese! The cream cheese adds a lovely tang and creaminess to the sauce.

5 Ingredient Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Only 5 ingredients and you have an amazing Alfredo Sauce With Cream Cheese! The cream cheese adds a lovely tang and creaminess to the sauce.
5 from 21 votes
5 ingredient cream cheese Alfredo sauce piled on a stack of white plates
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2/3 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 servings your choice of pasta (we like fettuccine noodles)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas thawed ( optional)


  • Prepare 4 servings of your favorite pasta according to the package directions while preparing this sauce!
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter and fry the garlic in it until browned. Add in the cream cheese and melt.
  • The cream cheese will be lumpy, but whisk in the milk slowly and cook until smooth.
  • Add in the Parmesan cheese and cook until smooth again. IF you want to add a cup of peas – this is the time to do so! Cook until the peas are warmed through.
  • Add in the 4 servings of pasta – right into the pan! – and swirl around to cover with the Alfredo sauce.
  • Divide onto 4 plates and serve!

Recipe Notes

Use real Parmesan cheese, not the powdered!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4g, Calories: 392kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 519mg, Potassium: 270mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1355IU, Vitamin C: 14.9mg, Calcium: 341mg, Iron: 0.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Ed Dodson says

    The Serving size is given as “4g”. Is this a typo? I know I would want to eat more than 4 grams.

  2. Amy says

    This recipe looked amazing! I need quick advice though…..I doubled the recipe due to big eaters….it’s like Alfredo soup! Please help!

  3. Elizabeth Buys says

    Would using Kraft grated parmesan in a jar be ok? I have a jar that I will never use up by the best before date.

  4. Stacie Branham says

    Love recipes that use a few real ingredients and this was a huge hit in our house. Yes peas please! Poured over fettuccine noodles and smoked chicken breast. I’m In love. Thank you !

    • Stacie Branham says

      Cheese has a lot of salt so wait until the end and taste. I found it didn’t need salt. I added a little pepper to my taste ☺️

  5. James P Viers says

    When I started reading the recipe it mentions using whipping cream and since I have some leftover from Thanksgiving I wanted to make using that but was not sure what I am replacing and what the adjusted amounts would be.
    Could you please help an old wanna be cook out.
    Thx James

    • Paula says

      Love to add pre- sautéed peppers (red), onions, spinach, chicken, and pasta, to the Alfredo.Only other Add is pepper to taste. ❤️‘d by all

  6. Chanda Rollins says

    This is now my go to recipe for Alfredo! Its soooo good! Is it ok to freeze the sauce?5 stars

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      It’s hit and miss to freeze a cream sauce, they tend to break …

  7. Brittany Winn says

    I think next time I will save the past to sprinkle on the pasta just before serving. It added a gooy texture that wasn’t very appetizing. Flavor was nice though.
    I’ll definitely be making this again, but holding the parm. and keeping that rich creamy sauce rich a d creamy.

  8. Ann says

    This is our go-to recipe for alfredo sauce! It triples easily and stores really well! Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  9. April says

    This was TOO easy! Helllllooooo EVIL and good! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

5 from 21 votes (16 ratings without comment)

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