This Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce is a rich, creamy and flavor packed concoction perfect for all garlic lovers out there.
Featuring my favorite air fried garlic cloves, this is a total step up over the classic Alfredo sauce.
Roasting garlic brings out its natural sweetness and umami goodness, and when it forms the base of the Alfredo sauce, it transforms this mildly creamy and simple sauce into an absolute flavor bomb.
Plus, it's super easy to make, and is finger licking delicious!
I recently tried a vegan cashew Alfredo sauce recently, and was amazed at how beautiful the flavors turned out.
When making homemade pasta, I love using a creamy sauce, simply because it tastes and feels so elegant. Take my Marry me pasta for example.
And that’s when I thought of lending my classic Alfredo sauce a bit of a twist- with some roasted garlic cloves, and created this genius sauce that I’m regretting not trying out earlier.
- What's So Great About the Recipe?
- Ingredients For the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce Recipe
- How to Make Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
- Substitutions & Variations
- 💭Top Tip
- How to Store Leftover Alfredo Sauce
- Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- How to Use the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
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- Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
- Food Safety
What's So Great About the Recipe?
The flavor profile of this creamy roasted garlic sauce is insane.
The char and slight smokiness of the garlic really compliments the classic cream sauce and takes it to the next level.
You’re gonna love using it for all of your favorite recipes, and if you love a good chicken Alfredo pasta, you’ll use this version of the recipe every single time- it is a promise!
Ingredients For the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce Recipe
To make this homemade roasted garlic sauce, here’s what you’ll need.
Garlic: Roasted garlic makes everything better, and it is quite literally the hero ingredient here. You’ll need a whole head of garlic for this recipe.
Butter: I used salted butter, but you could totally use unsalted butter if you want to.
All purpose flour: I used AP flour to make the roux for the sauce.
Milk: A dash of milk helps loosen up the sauce and gets it to the perfect consistency.
Cream: I used heavy cream to lend the Alfredo sauce some extra creaminess. You can also use low fat cream.
Cheese: You can use any kind of cheese to add a bit of saltiness and depth of flavor to the sauce. I used shredded cheddar cheese, but you can also use some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you want to.
Oregano: I used dried oregano, but you could also add any other dried herb of your choice. In fact, I think you could also use some Italian seasoning or my homemade garlic bread seasoning if you want an extra layer of flavor.
Seasonings: I kept the seasonings simple and just used some salt and black pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
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How to Make Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
Ready to make the creamy roasted garlic Alfredo sauce? Here’s what you’ll need to do.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the roasted garlic along with the flour.
Cook for a couple minutes and add the cream, milk and cheese and continue whisking until the sauce thickens.
Once the sauce has thickened, take it off heat, and add the seasonings and give it a good mix.
Use the sauce for your favorite recipes, and top with some extra roasted cloves of garlic.
Substitutions & Variations
- To make a gluten free version of this recipe, you can use cornflour instead of the all purpose flour.
- To make a vegan roasted garlic Alfredo sauce, you can swap the heavy cream with cashew cream, and use any non-dairy milk of your choice.
You can also melt butter, squeeze out the roasted garlic and add it into the mix before you portion it out into individual servings. This way, the base for the sauce is made and ready, and you can try this recipe whenever you want to.
How to Store Leftover Alfredo Sauce
The best way to store your leftover Alfredo sauce is to transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to a week.
If you want the sauce to last longer, you can freeze it too. Just make sure you use a freezer bag or a freezer safe container to keep away the freezer burn.
Remember that the consistency of the sauce will thicken up as it cools down, but it should loosen up as you warm it up. If you still want the sauce to be thinner, you can add a dash of milk into it while you’re reheating it.
I would recommend reheating the leftover sauce in the microwave, stirring it at every 20 second interval.
You can also reheat it in a saucepan over the stove top if you want to. Just make sure you do it on low heat to keep it from burning.
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Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- To add a kick of heat to the Alfredo sauce, you can add some cayenne pepper or paprika.
- Chopped up sundried tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes can also be a wonderful addition to the sauce, and can bring lots of fresh, fruity flavors into it.
- If you don’t have roasted garlic, you can also just quickly pan roast some fresh garlic too. To do this, you’ll need to use fresh garlic, specifically minced garlic.
- To thicken the sauce, you can add some more half and half or heavy whipping cream into the mix.
- To loosen up the sauce, add some more cream or milk and let it simmer for a minute or two.
- To make an extra flavorful sauce, you can also add roasted garlic into it towards the end.
- Remember to keep stirring the sauce using a whisk to break up any lumps and have a smooth, consistent mixture.
- You can roast the garlic in advance in a big batch before you use it for this Alfredo recipe. This roasted garlic paste can be stored in little Ziploc bags to be used in perfect sized amounts whenever needed.
How to Use the Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
Alfredo sauce is surprisingly versatile, and you can serve it in tons of different ways.
The best way to use this homemade Alfredo sauce, in my opinion, is to team it up with your favorite pasta.
All you need to do is toss the cooked pasta in the garlic cream sauce along with some broccoli or any other veggie of your choice, and you’re done!
I love making fettuccine Alfredo using this pasta sauce.
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You can also team up this indulgent sauce with some roasted chicken or roasted vegetables of your choice.
Another great idea is to just slather some of the garlicky sauce on your grilled chicken. I love using it on my Italian chicken cutlets.
This creamy concoction can also double up as a dipping sauce for your crusty bread!
In fact, you can also use it as a pizza sauce if you’re looking for a bit of a change from your classic marinara sauce.
You can experiment and use lots of other kinds of cheeses to add some more flavor to the Alfredo sauce. Cream cheese and mozzarella cheese are two good options.
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Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
- 1 head garlic roasted in Air Fryer
- 1 cup cheese
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the roasted garlic along with the flour.
- Cook for a couple minutes and add the cream, milk and cheese and continue whisking until the sauce thickens.
- Once the sauce has thickened, take it off heat, and add the seasonings and give it a good mix.
- Use the sauce for your favorite recipes, and top with some extra roasted cloves of garlic.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove