Alfredo sauce is famous for its superb rich flavor and consistency. The consistency comes from the cheese, and other ingredients added. It’s creamy, velvety, thick, and melts in your mouth. However, due to lifestyle changes, many people have switched to a gluten-free diet. For this reason, we have brought you the gluten-free Alfredo sauce recipe. Not just its gives the same taste and flavor, but it’s also easy to make in just 15 minutes. And it tastes heavenly over any gluten-free pasta of your choice. So let’s get started.
Is Alfredo Sauce Gluten Free?
Well, commercially available ones may not be. It all depends on how they were prepared in the first place. So if they added roux or flour to the preparation, it’s not gluten-free. The list of ingredients should be given on the label. However, since it’s so easy to make it yourself at home, we recommend you follow our recipe to make the best one at home. You will save time to step out to buy it. Also, you will have complete control over the quality of ingredients used.
Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce Recipe Details
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Serves Total: 6 servings
List of ingredients
- Parmesan cheese – 1 ¼ cup, preferably freshly grated one
- Fresh heavy cream – 1 cup + 2 tbsp.
- gluten-free fettuccine noodles – 12 ounces to be used for serving
- Fresh whole milk – 1/2 cup
- Fresh unsalted butter – 6 tbsp.
- ground pepper – small quantity
- ground nutmeg – small quantity
- Cream cheese – 3 ounces softened and cubed
- Garlic – 1 clove, finely minced
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Instructions On Making Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce
- Before making the alfredo sauce, ensure the noodles are boiling. This will ensure both are ready at the same time.
- Take a medium saucepan or a skillet and toss the butter. Let it melt over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and let it cook thoroughly for about a minute. Stir continuously to prevent the garlic from burning.
- Add the cream cheese to the mix and leave it alone until it melts (more interesting cream cheese facts >>). Then, use a whisker to whisk the mix together and make it soft, creamy, and smooth. This may take some time, so do not hurry. Cream cheese may not seem necessary but trust us. It adds a lovely bit of extra smoothness and creaminess to the preparation. It also ensures the sauce gets that extra thickness due to missing flour.
- As you are whisking, add a little milk until the entire mix turns smooth. At the same time, add the freshly grated parmesan cheese to it. Let this sit on the heat for 2 – 4 minutes, depending on the heat. The longer you cook, the thicker the sauce will turn out. It’s crucial to use parmesan cheese that is freshly grated from a cheese block rather than a pre-grated one. This is because the fresh one has more moisture and therefore melts better and faster than the pre-grated one. You can add the salt, ground pepper, and ground nutmeg at this point or later, as mentioned.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer. The mix cooks fast, and you can also tell it’s ready when it starts to smell like it. You can trust it.
- Add the salt, ground pepper, and ground nutmeg for a minute or two before taking it off the heat. This will give it a wonderful aroma and taste.
- The alfredo sauce comes together quickly, so ensure your pasta is ready and cooked. Serve it over the hot noodles immediately and enjoy the delicacy. Toss them well to combine them. Serve immediately.
What To Serve With Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce?
You can serve the gluten-free alfredo sauce with the following options:
- Any gluten-free pasta
- As an excellent dip for gluten-free breadsticks
- roasted zucchini or with fresh zucchini noodles
- As a sauce for gluten-free pizza
- baked tomatoes
- on top of or with roasted vegetables like cabbage as a dip
- along with a nice marinated green bean salad
- along with oven-roasted chicken breasts and more
Possibilities are endless, and you can certainly explore more options on your own.
Storing And Reuse Tips
You may have batch processed the entire sauce and intend to use it over time. Homemade alfredo sauce has no preservatives, and we strongly recommend against using any. To store the sauce, pour it into an air-tight container and send it to the fridge. Ensure the sauce is completely cooled down to room temperature before you do this. This way, you can save all the leftover alfredo sauce for later if you do not have a plan to finish off the entire preparation. You can easily store the alfredo sauce for 4 – 7 days in the fridge, depending on the temperature setting.
To reuse, pour the desired quantity into a saucepan and heat it on the lowest heat, preventing the cheese from burning. Try to use a heavy bottom saucepan to ensure even heat distribution. Whisk it frequently but gently till it starts to boil somewhat. You can also try to heat it in a microwave and save the trouble of the saucepan. Similarly, you can heat the sauce using steam using a double-broiler or even the oven. While the saucepan will reduce the moisture even further, making the sauce thicker, the best results will come from using the microwave at a medium heat setting.
- Calories: 350kcal
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Protein: 11g
- Fiber: 1g
- Fat: 37g
- Saturated Fat: 24g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 8g
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 116mg
- Sodium: 591mg
- Calcium: 288mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Potassium: 91mg
- Sugar: 1g
- Vitamin A: 1195IU
- Vitamin C: 1mg
If you follow the instructions well, you will have the sauce ready even before the pasta is cooked. And it should take even less than 15 mins to be ready. Fresh, homemade, and 100% nutritious. I hope you liked the information.