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Garlic cream sauce is the perfect weeknight sauce. It’s decadent, flavorful and ready in less than 20 minutes. This creamy garlic white sauce uses just a handful of ingredients for a tasty sauce recipe you’ll want to use on everything!

Pasta coated in garlic cream sauce.

This garlic cream sauce is a true family favorite. It appeals to even the pickiest young eaters. Even better, it can be made quickly and easily with just a small handful of readily available ingredients.

I am not a low carb, keto kind of girl. I crave the bite of a perfectly al dente cooked piece of pasta smothered in creamy Alfredo sauce. This garlic cream sauce has a little more garlic and the addition of fresh parsley to distinguish it from classic Alfredo.

For a slightly brighter, lighter flavor, try this lemon pepper garlic cream sauce.

Whether Alfredo, this garlic cream sauce or lemon pepper garlic cream sauce – they all add elegance, decadence and deliciousness to pasta, grilled chicken or sauteed shrimp. Honestly, this sauce has so much flavor you’ll want to put it on everything!

I love serving this as-is, by itself, over pasta, with a lightly dressed mixed green salad on the side.

For a vegetarian meal, toss it with cooked vegetables (I love this with green beans, shelled peas and sliced zucchini) for a bright and flavorful pasta primavera.

And can we talk about pasta shapes for a moment? Cavatappi, which are the corkscrew pasta shapes as seen in these pictures, really is my favorite pasta for this sauce. Something about the way the ridges and the curves hold onto the pasta sauce – it’s so good.

If you don’t have cavatappi, other pastas I love with creamy sauces are rigatoni (short, thick tubes), fettucine (thick ribbons), and shells.

Whatever your favorite pasta is, you’re sure to enjoy it even more once it is covered in this luscious garlic cream sauce.

Close up of garlic cream sauce in skillet.

Ingredients

This decadent creamy pasta sauce is made with ingredients you likely have in your house right this minute.

Ingredients for garlic cream sauce.
  • Butter – Salted butter! Yes. I said it – I know I always call for unsalted butter but salted butter here in this sauce really does it.
  • Garlic Cloves – Use fresh peeled garlic here, I don’t love cooking with the pre-minced garlic in a jar.
  • All purpose flour – Just a bit, for thickening the sauce.
  • Half and half – I know you want to use milk or a milk alternative – please don’t. This is so much better with the real deal.
  • Parmesan cheese – Just a little bit, for decadent flavor. Fresh grated – grate your own or buy grated cheese in the dairy section – not the pasta aisle!
  • Parsley – A little more than just for garnish.
  • Seasoning – Salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Garlic Cream Sauce

This creamy sauce is made quickly and easily on the stovetop.

  1. Saute the garlic. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  2. Make a roux. Add the flour, and cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, until lightly browned.
  1. Add the cream. Gradually whisk in the half and half then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Add the cheese. Stir in the Parmesan and parsley, then remove from heat.

Substitutions

  • Half and Half – This sauce can be made with heavy cream if you don’t have half and half, but whole milk will make it thinner and less decadent.
  • Garlic – It won’t be garlic cream sauce, but if your garlic has gone bad on you, you could use finely chopped shallot in its place.

Variations

For a brighter sauce, try my lemon pepper garlic cream sauce. It has a bit of lemon and a bit of pepper and is a delicious variation of this sauce.

Garlic cream sauce in a jar.

Storage

This sauce should be served immediately after cooking. It really won’t keep well.


Tips

  • Serve immediately for best results. It will thicken further off heat.
  • Be careful not to overcook the garlic – it burns quickly and will throw the flavor off.

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Printable Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Garlic Cream Sauce

Pasta coated in garlic cream sauce.

Garlic cream sauce is so flavorful and ready in less than 20 minutes. This creamy garlic white sauce uses just a handful of ingredients for a tasty sauce recipe you'll want to use on everything!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  3. Add the flour, and cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, until lightly browned.
  4. Gradually whisk in the half and half then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan and parsley, then remove from heat.
  6. Serve immediately for best results. It will thicken further off heat.

Notes

Serving suggestions: Serve with pasta, pizza, chicken wings, beef, and more!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

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