Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

"Just like the famous restaraunt's dish."
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  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter.
  • When butter is melted, add cream cheese.
  • When the cream cheese is softened, add heavy cream.
  • Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan.
  • Serve over hot fettucine noodles.

Questions & Replies

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  1. lilmisskruz
    Can I skip the cream cheese? I have everything but that. Or what Can I replace with?
  2. Donna M.
    Olive Garden actually lists it's formal recipe on it's website. It does not list cream cheese. Why would I want to use it?
  3. Pdb68
    I add 8 oz cream cheese, use half n half instead of milk and add steamed broccoli and shredded chicken. It's so good!
  4. Patricia Baca
    How many oz in pint 16 ?
  5. mrs_kohler721
    Could I make the sauce into a soup?


  1. Barry Barton
    If you change the t table spoons cream cheese to 8 ounce pack of cream cheese its better the Olive Gardens. Also if you are adding sea food such as Crab meat, shrimp, or Samon I think 2 oz. for clam juice would round out this dish. Its so good I put it on our menu once a week and sell out each time.
  2. Donna Grandmereb
    I agree with Barry Barton, I added 8 oz cream cheese and it was outstanding! I changed it up quite a bit though--used 1 cup butter, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese, and added half & half (fat free) to replace the heavy cream. It is outstanding. I also added some nicely season grilled chicken breast that I cut into bite sized pieces. Great recipe to make to take from and make your own.
  3. regan moore
    I enjoyed this dish very much. My husband used to work for the olive garden, so he knows the alfredo sauce when he tastes it. I used preshreaded parmesan cheeze and put it in just before i took it off the heat and it melted fine. i also used just a touch more cream cheeze so it wouldn't be too thin which worked. personally i thought it had too much of a cream taste. i may next time try a little buttermilk. Good recipe, but it needs a little tweeking if you ask me.
  4. anjellybelly13
    This was absolutely delicious! I made it for me and my boyfriend last night and we both loved it. I did how others suggested and put in 8 oz of cream cheese instead of 2 tbs and i think it worked perfectly. Next time i think i will add more garlic though, and maybe some red pepper flakes. It needed a little bit more of a kick.
  5. TheGhung Fu
    The trick to a good creamy Alfredo is using a double boiler. Prevents over-heating of the sauce. I'm a fan of upping the cream cheese in this recipe and heavy cream is a must (sorry half and half lovers). Also, Parmigiana Reggiano gives far superior results than cheap parmigian or (God forbid) the pre-shredded stuff. When using chicken or shrimp I add finally chopped garlic to the meat and reduce the garlic powder in the sauce a bit. Want to blow away your guests, substitute ramps for some of your garlic if you can get them. I make dehydrated ramp powder every spring and substitute it for garlic in many recipes. Takes this nice recipe over the top.


  1. john h.
    The 8 oz of cream cheese is too much. I would alter that to 4 tablespoons. The 8oz turns this into a cheese ball instead of a suace.
  2. Deb312
    I used spiralized zucchini instead of linguine. I'm a low carber and the zucchini was the perfect substitution for the fettuccine. Added 2 cups steamed broccoli at the end. Warmed and served .... so scrumptious!
  3. Kiki R.
    8 oz. package of cream cheese.
  4. jseg048
    AMAZING! Tastes just like Olive Garden! In my opinion, it tastes even better re-heated for later, when the butter separates a little...yum! When I make this next time, I think I will add more cream cheese as others have recommended although I think the consistency was pretty good as it was. I will also use more minced garlic (well, I added minced garlic instead of garlic powder) to give it more more of a flavor kick. But I am seriously glad I found this...it's the only dish I ever order at Olive Garden and now I can have it whenever I want; THANK YOU!!
  5. bailey_duden
    This is the BEST RECIPE EVER! Even better than the original Olive Garden recipe. Thank you Robbie Rice for the absolutely amazingly fantastic fettuccine alfredo recipe! * I always add 8 oz of cream cheese instead of the 2 tbls the recipe calls for. * Wonderful with grilled chicken!


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