Alfredo Sauce For One

Quick and easy homemade Alfredo Sauce recipe made with cream, butter, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. This rich, creamy recipe is wonderful served over pasta or with chicken.

bowl of fettuccine alfredo next to a dish of grated parmesan cheese | one dish kitchen

This creamy and delicious single serving Alfredo Sauce recipe is one that all home cooks should have. It’s a lovely sauce that’s perfect to toss with pasta or serve with chicken.

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ingredients in homemade alfredo sauce: cream, lemons, butter, and parmesan cheese \ one dish kitchen

Ingredients In Homemade Alfredo Sauce

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

The ingredients in this small batch recipe are:

  • heavy 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 the sauce is shown in an earlier (large batch) Alfredo sauce recipe from a few years ago. The process is the same, the ingredient amounts are different.

Step 1

Stir the cream and the lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat to blend. Add the butter and cook until the butter melts.

Step 2

After the butter melts, add in 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.

a forkful of fettuccine alfredo | one dish kitchen

Reduced Calorie Option

You can lighten up and reduce the calories in this Alfredo Sauce 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 This Wonderful Sauce

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

Pasta For One

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.

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Ways To Use Up Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this recipe, you might consider using them in any of these single serving recipes:

Cream: Vanilla Ice Cream, Icebox Cake, Crustless Quiche Lorraine, Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Lemon juice: Lemon Blueberry Muffin, Lemon and Garlic Chicken, Lemon Meringue Pie, Baba Ganoush

Parmesan cheese: Parmesan Crisps, Eggplant Parmesan, Baked Chicken Tenders, Cheesy Baked Eggs

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

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Alfredo Sauce Recipe For One | One Dish Kitchen

Alfredo Sauce 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: 3620IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 991mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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18 thoughts on “Alfredo Sauce For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Quick easy and buildable recipe i added some fresh garlic and 1 tablespoon of cream cheese it was amazing thank you 4the recipe loved it. Theres not alot of recipes for small families and or single people so this was great!😋👍🍓🍝🌟

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you so much for letting me know that the recipe worked well for you. You can’t go wrong with fresh garlic – great idea to add it! Hope you find many new recipes to try here.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. I just found your site and I’m so excited. I have a question about the calorie count in the Alfredo Sauce for One. The calories are just for the sauce right, it doesn’t include the pasta does it? It would be nice if it did. I wrote down the recipes for the Alfredo Sauce , the Beer Bread and the Banana Bread so far. I think I’m going to get myself a special tablet just for recipes for one.I’m going to be looking at your site a lot. Thanks for the recipies. Hugs, Ginger

    1. Hi Ginger,

      Yes, the calorie count is for the sauce and not the pasta. The sauce is made with heavy cream and that’s where the majority of the calories comes from. The sauce is low in carbs, yet higher in calories.
      I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.


  3. 5 stars
    I use a similar recipe for large groups of people – just larger quantities of the ingredients but I also add cooked chicken or hot Italian sausage (cooked and sliced) or mixed vegetables to my fettucine alfredo – When I eat dinner I often eat too much and this single serving site is perfect for me for it’s many ideas from dinners (like this one) to desserts – Thanks for the site and for great ideas!!!

    1. Kim,

      I love the idea of adding sausage and vegetables to this sauce – it’s so versatile!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write and let me know that you are enjoying our recipes. It means so much to me!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    I love your site……I live alone and I know I overeat at meals…this really helps with portion size, the recipes are great and so easy to do. Now, all I need is to get out walking more. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Sandi,

      Thank you for your email. I’m so happy you love our site – thank you so much for letting me know!


  5. 5 stars
    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.

  6. 5 stars
    This delicious Alfredo sauce is the perfect fall comfort food recipe! It’s creamy, flavorful and super satisfying.

  7. 5 stars
    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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