Alfredo Sauce Recipe For One

Quick and easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce made with just 4 ingredients; cream, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. This rich, creamy Alfredo sauce recipe is wonderful served over pasta or with chicken.

bowl of fettuccine alfredo on a tray

This creamy and delicious single serving homemade Alfredo Sauce is one that all home cooks should have. It’s a quick and easy recipe that I use all the time and is adapted from the Alfredo sauce I’ve used for years when my kids were all living at home.

This wonderful sauce recipe makes the best Alfredo sauce to serve with pasta or chicken and I’m so happy to share it with you today!

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Ingredients needed to make a single serving of Alfredo Sauce | One Dish Kitchen

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

The ingredients in this small batch Alfredo Sauce are:

  • cream
  • lemon juice
  • butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt (optional)

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How To Make Alfredo Sauce 

The detailed steps, with photos, showing how to make Alfredo sauce is shown in an earlier (large batch) recipe from a few years ago. The process is the same, the ingredient amounts are different.

Step 1

First pour two-thirds of a cup of cream into a small pot and add in a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of butter. Cook over a medium heat until the butter melts, stirring constantly.

Step 2

After the butter melts, add in three-quarters of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir until the cheese has melted.

Alfredo Sauce is traditionally served with fettuccine pasta. This flat, ribbon pasta is perfect for cream sauces such as this one. Feel free to use your favorite pasta shape instead.

fork in a bowl of fettuccine alfredo

Light Alfredo Sauce

You can lighten up this Alfredo Sauce recipe by substituting half and half for the heavy cream. The sauce will still be creamy and the calories will be reduced.

Many Ways to Enjoy Alfredo Sauce

Use this Alfredo Sauce in a variety of different ways. In addition to eating it tossed with pasta, consider also adding Alfredo Sauce to cooked chicken, shrimp, or on an Alfredo pizza.

When you want to make a bowl of pasta for yourself, this single serving sauce recipe is perfect. I generally use 2-ounces of dried fettuccine noodles and find that this recipe will give you the perfect amount of sauce.

As the pasta cooks in the boiling water, so does the sauce in it’s own saucepan. In minutes, you can enjoy a big bowl of Fettuccine Alfredo and you’ll have no leftovers to deal with.

For this single serving Alfredo Sauce, I used a 1-quart saucepan. For best results, please use a pan of similar size.

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Alfredo Sauce For One Recipe

Alfredo Sauce Recipe For One | One Dish Kitchen

Alfredo Sauce Recipe For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: sauce
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 745kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt , to taste


  • Stir the cream and the lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat to blend. 
  • Add the butter and cook over medium heat until the butter melts, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add in the grated Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and salt, stirring until the cheese has completely melted.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Toss with cooked pasta.
  • Sprinkle a little more grated parmesan over the top, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 745kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 100g | Saturated Fat: 63g | Cholesterol: 328mg | Sodium: 1161mg | Potassium: 188mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72.4% | Vitamin C: 8.2% | Calcium: 99.1% | Iron: 3.4%
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10 thoughts on “Alfredo Sauce Recipe For One”

  1. I’m typically only cooking for myself so having a single serving recipe for such a classic sauce is perfect for me when I want to dress up my veggie noodles.

  2. This delicious Alfredo sauce is the perfect fall comfort food recipe! It’s creamy, flavorful and super satisfying.

  3. Such a simple recipe but so delicious! I love to make alfredo sauce using the half and half method and now I’m dying to try a pizza made with it. Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. Hi Anne,
      I use about 2-ounces of dried pasta. If you’re using fettuccine, the amount that you would take out of the package and hold between your fingers would be the diameter of a United States quarter.
      Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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