The Real Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

"This recipe was retrieved from Olive Garden's website. After browsing hundreds of recipes for that "one" Alfredo sauce, I found the ONE! I have never liked any other Alfredo sauce other then Olive Garden's - I made this recipe last night with angel hair pasta & roasted chicken"
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  • HEAT milk and cream in a heavy bottom saucepan until it begins to simmer.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Slowly whip in cheese, then remove from heat.
  • PLACE egg yolks in a separate bowl and slowly whip in a portion of the hot milk and cream mixture.
  • Slowly add egg yolk mixture back into remaining cream mixture.
  • Place back on very low heat and continually stir until simmering.
  • Take sauce off heat so it thickens. (This will increase temperature of egg yolks, known as tempering).
  • SEASON to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta.

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  1. Emily P.
    I added a clove of crushed garlic and a punch of nutmeg to this recipe and it was delicious! I put it over fresh fettucini, grilled lemon pepper chicken and steamed broccoli. Perfect meal.
  2. scottnagy78
    This is a very close to the oiginal recipe. It is almost identical to the recipe provided on Olive Gardens website prior to them switching to their new recipe that removed the egg yolks. I add a couple cloves of garlic to mine and yes black pepper was in original recipe. Enjoy
  3. weekend cooker
    This was nothing like Olive Gardens recipe. I don't believe they put Black Pepper in it, and it seemed to be missing something in it. The texture was not the same either. It just wasn't suitable for us . Made for Spring 2010 Pick a Chef.
  4. .Liz.Daddys little
    Your right dirty paws, Olive Garden doesn't use Black Pepper, they use White Pepper (but it's so hard to find).
  5. gertc96
    Well, it didn't taste like Olive Garden, but it was still really really good and came in second in my books. I grilled some chicken breast and used linguini pasta and made a chicken alfredo. Thanks so much for sharing. Prepared for PAC Fall/2008.



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