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gluten free alfredo sauce over pasta with tongs in black dish

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Gluten-Free Alfredo Sauce

This gluten-free Alfredo sauce is rich, creamy, and packed with garlic parmesan flavor! It’s easy to make in just 15 minutes, and delicious over your favorite gluten-free pasta.
Course Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup milk preferably whole milk but 2% will work
  • 1 ½ cups 3-6 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • In a medium pot or skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Add the cream cheese to the butter mixture and let it sit for a few minutes until it begins to melt. Whisk the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy. This may take a few minutes of whisking to get totally smooth.
  • While whisking, slowly add the milk a little at a time until smooth and incorporated. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is smooth and combine.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes for a thicker sauce or remove right after the cheese is melted for a thinner sauce. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately over gluten-free pasta. Enjoy!


Tip: This sauce turns out best with freshly grated parmesan cheese, meaning you should grate your own cheese from a block of parmesan. Pre-grated cheese has added caking agents that may make the sauce grainy.
Ingredient Notes
  • Cream cheese: Helps thicken the sauce without the addition of flour. Don't worry - the sauce doesn't taste like cream cheese!
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated works best!
  • Milk: This sauce turns out great with any kind of milk. Whole milk is best if you have it!


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg