Linguine Alfredo

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A hearty meal that is whipped up in mere minutes! A creamy, silky sauce that is poured over linguine noodles the whole family will love.

For even more Alfredo-inspired recipes, why not try Chicken Alfredo? Or for an even more complex flavor Garlic Alfredo? Or, if you want to use up linguine, try this Linguine with Clam Sauce!

Linguine alfredo on white plate

Linguine Alfredo

We all love to sit down after a long day to a delicious and carefully prepared dinner. At the same time, no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen when they get home to prepare such a meal.

This is where recipes like Linguine Alfredo come in handy. Linguine Alfredo is one of those dishes that you could easily believe someone has spent hours delicately preparing, but in reality, can be thrown together in less than twenty minutes.

Linguine Alfredo is a dish that the entire family is sure to love and guarantees you clean plates all around. Even better is the fact that Linguine Alfredo only really takes you as long to prepare as it takes for the pasta to cook.

Linguine Alfredo is a recipe that everyone needs in their repertoire. It’s quick, tasty, and is sure to keep the entire family happy while also freeing you from the kitchen.

Linguine alfredo ingredients

Linguine Alfredo Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Salted butter

• Minced garlic

• Cream cheese

• Milk

• Parmesan cheese

• Linguine noodles

Linguine alfredo in pan with sauce

How To Make Linguine Alfredo

• Prepare 4 servings of Linguine pasta according to the package directions

• In a large skillet, melt the butter and fry the garlic until it is browned

• Add in the cream cheese and grated parmesan cheese and melt

• The cream cheese will be lumpy, but whisk the milk in slowly and cook until it turns smooth

• Add in your pasta into the pan and swirl around to cover with the sauce

• Divide onto 4 plates and serve

Linguine alfredo piled on white plate

What Is The Difference Between Linguine & Fettuccine?

Second, to the sauce, the pasta is the star of this recipe. It is the pasta that provides most of the mouthfeel and texture. The pasta is the delivery system for the sauce. Use the wrong pasta, and the full creaminess of the sauce can easily get lost. Use the right pasta, and you have a dish worthy of a dinner party.

So what exactly is the right pasta to highlight the sauce’s richness?

Some people like to use penne and other similar pasta shapes as they provide gaps for the sauce to get caught in. However, long ribbon pasta is the most traditional with Alfredo dishes, and for a good reason. The ribbon shape allows for the perfect sauce to pasta ratio with each bite.

Linguine and fettuccine are the two most commonly used pasta shapes with this recipe. Both shapes have the traditional long ribbon shape but provide a very different mouthfeel.

Fettuccine has a  flat thick shape. Traditionally made with egg rather than water, fettuccine has a satisfying bite to it. There is enough surface area for the sauce to stick to the pasta while still allowing the taste of the actual pasta to shine through.

On the other hand, Linguine is elliptical in shape and is a lot thinner. The word Linguine means ‘little tongues’ in Italian and perfectly describes how this pasta’s shape collects a small amount of sauce with each fork twirl.

Both fettuccine and Linguine work great with Alfredo sauces but in different ways. Fettuccine is best when you want a more robust bite and want the pasta to stand out on its own. In contrast, Linguine makes the dish more about the sauce and acts mainly as a delivery system.

Linguine alfredo on pasta fork

What To Serve With Linguine Alfredo

For a super simple dish, this Linguine Alfredo recipe works great on its own. For those nights when you have a little extra time, though, why not try adding a few extras to the dish before serving it.

There is an almost endless list of ways to enhance this creamy pasta dish. Topping each plate with roasted garlic, sautéed mushrooms, or fresh herbs, add very little cooking time and turn a basic weeknight dish into something that has been crafted with care and love.

Alternatively, you can add proteins to the dish, such as chicken breasts or salmon fillets. Not only are these additions a great way to get a little extra protein in your diet, but they also make the dish a lot more filling.

For a low-carb alternative, you could also try serving the sauce without pasta and instead of pouring it over a panfried chicken breast or other healthy meats.

Looking for more delicious pasta Sauce recipes? Try these out:

Marinara Sauce

Homemade Meat Sauce

Classic Italian Gremolata Recipe (3 Ingredient Parsley Sauce)

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Linguine Alfredo

A hearty meal that is whipped up in mere minutes! A creamy, silky sauce that is poured over linguine noodles the whole family will love.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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 Linguine noodles


  • Prepare 4 servings of Linguine 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.
  • 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

You can always add cooked chicken breast to this recipe to make it a bigger meal.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 562kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 155mg, Sodium: 707mg, Potassium: 279mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1876IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 392mg, Iron: 1mg

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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