What can I use Instead of Heavy Cream for Alfredo Sauce

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “what can I use instead of heavy cream in alfredo sauce?” and provide you with insights on how you can enhance your pasta and other creamy dishes with other types of creamy sauces instead of using heavy cream.

What can I use instead of heavy cream for alfredo sauce?

You can use milk, make your own roux and even use cornstarch instead of heavy cream for alfredo sauce.

Since alfredo sauce is very creamy and milky, heavy cream is a basic ingredient in making it. That being said, it is not the only thing you can use to make it.

Here are a few substitutes you can use to make alfredo,

Milk 

Heavy cream and milk both essentially have the same dairy components in them. Heavy cream is a bit more concentrated while milk is a bit too thin. 

Alfredo sauce is a thick creamy sauce and to make milk that way, it is supposed to be cooked for a longer period of time. To make alfredo sauce, a lot of milk as well as a lot of time is required.

One thing you can do is, if you are making fettuccine alfredo, you can save some of the pasta water and add it to the milk. While cooking, the starch in the pasta water will cause the milk to thicken more easily and rapidly. 

This way, you can thicken the milk and make alfredo sauce while avoiding heavy cream. This also results in a heavy dish so if you are avoiding very heavy dairy and more calories, milk is probably not the best option.

Make your own Roux

Roux is a flour-induced milky contraption in which you wouldn’t necessarily have to use a lot of milk or cream.

To make roux, you melt butter into a saucepan. You then add a little flour, it could be one or two tablespoons to put in half a cup of pasta. 

After adding the flour, mix both things into a paste and cook it for about a minute until you feel that the flour is cooked.

Then you can add some milk and water to it (one part milk to two parts of water) and add the seasoning of your choice. Once you start mixing, it will thicken and become a beautiful creamy alfredo sauce.

The roux is a classic way to make alfredo sauce. It is widely used in multiple pasta recipes and is lighter than the actual sauce with the heavy cream.

Cornstarch with Milk

If you mix a very little amount of cornstarch in some milk and add it to some butter, it will thicken into a soupy sort of texture. It can be used as an alternative for heavy cream

That being said, it might not have the creamy texture that actual alfredo sauce has and might not feel the best. So, if you are the type of person to whom texture matters, this substitute is not for you.

Conclusion 

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “what can I use instead of heavy cream in alfredo sauce?” and provide you with insights on how you can enhance your pasta and other creamy dishes with other types of creamy sauces instead of using heavy cream.

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