Basic Italian White Cream Sauce (Like an Alfredo or Bechamel)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe is for a basic Italian White Cream Sauce (like an Alfredo or bechamel) for Pasta, Chicken, Shrimp, etc. You can add other ingredients to suit your liking, this is the basic version - goes great over Fettuccine or Tortellini... you can also add 1 teaspoon oregano or parsley to flavor. If you throw in some bacon, carmelized onion & a handful of frozen peas & serve over pappardelle it is absolutely fabulous!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in small saucepan cooking over low to medium heat, stirring for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour and stir until the butter and flour are well combined. Pour in cream & remaining ingredients, stirring constantly as it thickens.
  3. Add more cream or flour depending on desired consistency.


Most Helpful

Amazing and simple! I made this last week for my family and regular dinner guest. I doubled the recipe didn't change anything except I used fresh garlic instead of the powder. It was absolutely delicious, my children loved it.

Adelaida O. September 21, 2013

It's just what I need, simple, quick, and importantly delicious! You don't need to buy a jar of white sauce anymore.

Kittiya February 07, 2013

I made this to go along with Tortellini Michaelangelo, which is recipe #303050. I substituted fat free half and half for the heavy cream and it came out perfectly.....with much lower fat and calories. I couldn't tell the difference. I also used 2 cloves of fresh garlic for the garlic powder. Very easy and tasty.

LizP September 14, 2012

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