How to Can Alfredo Sauce (4 Easy Steps)

how to can alfredo sauce

Alfredo sauce is a delicious staple on hand for a quick breakfast or lunch. The ingredients are readily available.

You probably have them on hand right now in the kitchen. As the ingredients are called out below, you can compare and see for yourself.

Homemade Alfredo sauce will knock your foodie socks off! Imagine a cream, cheese, and butter mixture.

Here is how to can alfredo sauce; first, clean the jars and ensure they are hot, fill jars with sauce, remove air bubbles, and finally, cover jars with canning lids and rings and process in a pressure canner for ten minutes.

Are you drooling yet? What could be better? Truly, store-bought has no chance with this delicacy! Don’t fret; making it is easy, and guess what?

You can also can it as well. However, canning dairy is not recommended by the USDA so do this at your own risk.

Related: How Long Does Alfredo Sauce Last In The Fridge

What Is Alfredo Sauce?

Alfredo sauce is a luscious, smooth, creamy sauce that goes hand in hand with some cooked pasta.

All you need for this richness coating your taste buds are five ingredients and only ten minutes.

Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, heavy cream, butter, seasoning, and you’re ready to go!

Ingredients Needed

2 Cups of Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Avoid those little containers with perforated lids filled with pre-shredded cheese.

This is because these types don’t melt as well as they should, making your sauce grainy. Use fresh cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano straight from the block.

2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream

Heavy whipping cream will give you that deeply desired creamy satisfaction!

Some people use cream cheese instead of this, but we don’t think they do the best work. Mind you; you don’t have to use heavy; you can use regular whipping cream and still get adequate results.

½ Cup of Butter

Preferably, unsalted butter, though salted, works fine too. We recommend it because the sauce may become slightly salty if you use salted butter.

If you only have salted butter, ensure you don’t add extra salt until you’ve tasted the sauce.

¾ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

You can mix this with fresh garlic. However, we believe that the taste might be too strong. The amount you’re adding depends on you.


This mixture includes ¼ teaspoon pepper, ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon salt. But remember what was said about salt. 

Read: How to Reheat Alfredo Sauce

How to Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce

This recipe makes 2½ cups. It is adequate for one pound of cooked pasta. However, if you have a remainder, you could always keep it in a jar.

This sauce is gluten-free, asides from being delicious. It’s also very easy to prepare. All you have to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Mix the cream and butter over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Heat it until the butter melts completely. With a wire whisk, whisk slowly.

2. Put in your garlic powder or chopped-up garlic along with the rest of the seasoning. Resume whisking until the mixture is smooth.

3. Allow it to thicken by bringing it to a simmer and let it cook for 3 minutes. After that, you can add the parmesan cheese and continue whisking until completely melted and the sauce is smooth.

Ensure that you’re whisking and not stirring during all these. Whisking will help avoid your sauce from separating.

4. Turn off the heat. Your sauce is done! Now you can try canning. We will be telling you how to can it if you decide to.

How to Can Alfredo Sauce

By following the below steps, here is how to can alfredo sauce:

1. Wash the jars, lids, and rings needed for the storage properly and ensure they are hot. 

2. Fill up your hot jars with a rich sauce. Then, remove the air bubbles in the jar using a knife or ruler.

3. Ensure you leave that 1–inch headspace. Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean cloth or towel. 

4. Put your canning lids and rings on the jars. Make sure it is fit and finger tight(not too snug). Use a pressure canner process for 10 minutes at the correct pressure for your altitude.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze My Alfredo Sauce?

We do not recommend freezing this sauce. Just because it can be done doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll turn out good.

The ingredients in this sauce will not freeze and thaw well. It’ll end up grainy.

How Do I Reheat My Alfredo Sauce?

Lower your stove’s heat and slowly heat it while stirring continuously. Simple as that, and it’ll come around.

Steer clear of the microwave! It makes your sauce oily. Make sure you don’t try to reheat over and over again. You won’t like the results.

Read: How Good Is Pasta Sauce After Opening


This recipe is thick enough to your liking, but if you want more thickness, making a slurry or a roux will be a fantastic idea!

Also, it’ll be nice to reiterate that your sauce should not boil. It should simmer gently over medium heat.

The minute it begins to boil, it begins to separate and become clumpy. After making such an enriching delicacy, ensure you pair it with well-cooked pasta and eat it immediately, don’t waste time with that!

This sauce is best served after ita taken off the heat. Don’t be boring with your sauce as well. You can add fresh chicken or canned chicken to it. Wow! Enjoy!

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