Garlic Cream Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
This rich, easy garlic cream sauce recipe is requested at every family occasion I attend. Don't be afraid to alter the recipe with more or less garlic to suit your taste. —Joy McQuaid, Darlington, Wisconsin
Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked fettuccine
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and pepper. Serve over pasta. If desired, garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan cheese.

Garlic Cream Sauce Tips

How do you thicken garlic cream sauce?

While this garlic cream sauce should be thick enough (because of the heavy cream and cheese), you can add more thickness by adding in more Parmesan cheese or one of these thickening agents.

How can I use this garlic cream sauce?

You can use garlic cream sauce spooned over pasta, meat or seafood. Try it in this creamy chicken and pasta dish or this creamy salmon linguine.

How long does this garlic cream sauce last?

This garlic cream sauce recipe lasts for about three to five days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Try out these other homemade pasta sauces once you've used up your leftovers!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 329 calories, 32g fat (20g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 358mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.

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