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How to Make Jar Alfredo Sauce Better

If you want to know how to make jar Alfredo sauce better, there are so many different things you can do. Add a few different ingredients to take your store-bought Alfredo sauce to a whole new level of deliciousness.

bowl of chicken fettuccini alfredo

You can enhance the jarred Alfredo sauce’s flavor that’s already delicious by adding more fresh garlic or garlic powder. 

Or you can change this creamy white sauce up a bit with ingredients that aren’t on the list on the back of the jar.

Brands of Alfredo Sauce in a Jar

Next time you go to the grocery store, peruse the Italian sauce aisle. You’ll see some national brands, such as Bertolli Alfredo sauce, Rao’s homemade Alfredo sauce, Classico Alfredo sauce, Ragu Alfredo sauce, and generic store brands of Alfredo sauce. I’ve found that these are all Alfredo sauces of good quality.

jar of Classico creamy alfredo sauce

Based on my experience, they’re all delicious, even though they all taste different. I recommend trying all of them … one at a time, of course. 

Many of the brands offer a choice between creamy white sauce and tomato sauce based Italian sauce. You can also find more specific flavors, such as the creamy basil Alfredo from Bertolli.

My personal favorite is typically the one that’s on sale because I know that I’ll be making it my own sauce after adding a bunch of delicious ingredients.

Ingredients to Make Jar Alfredo Sauce Better

My simple recipe only needs a few extra ingredients for the best results. However, you need to please your taste buds, so try different things.

I typically add 5-6 extra ingredients, but you might like more or less. It’s all up to you to make it your own sauce with the same or different ingredients.

Here are some things you can add to your own Alfredo sauce to make it delicious:

  • Garlic in any form
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Romano cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Cup of milk
  • Jarred minced garlic or fresh garlic
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chopped onions
  • White wine
  • White pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Low fat cream cheese
  • Chicken stock
  • Dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Any type of fresh herbs

I also like to add some protein, and I prefer chicken, either chopped or shredded. Or if you prefer seafood, fish and shrimp are good too.

chopped cooked chicken

If you want to add color to your Alfredo sauce, top it with chives, parsley flakes, or pieces of red bell pepper.

I do this because I think that when food looks good it also tastes better.

Directions for How to Make Jar Alfredo Sauce Better

I’m sure there are plenty of ways to do this, but I’ve found this to be the easiest way. Feel free to switch out the ingredients to ones you prefer. 

I believe that the best flavors are the ones you and your family like. I also highly recommend choosing just a few of the above ingredients (or others you might want to experiment with) to test the first few times.

Pour the jar of Alfredo sauce into a medium saucepan and turn the burner to medium-high heat. As soon as you see a couple of bubbles, turn it down to medium-low heat.

Now start adding the ingredients you like. I highly recommend sautéing the onions if you choose chopped onions as one of the ingredients because that brings out the flavor.

alfredo sauce in a pot

I used all dried seasonings because that’s what I had. But if you have access to fresh ingredients, I highly recommend using those. 

My pepper mill is still packed (from our recent move), so I used already ground pepper. Fresh ground pepper is much better. Or you can use white pepper.

I added chopped chicken that I cooked earlier to make chicken Alfredo. If you don’t have fresh cooked chicken, you can use the canned version. After it’s added to the cream sauce with the other ingredients, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference.

As you add ingredients, you may want to turn the burner up to medium heat to keep the sauce hot. After everything has been added and the flavors have blended, it’s time to serve it.

I’ve added the directions to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. This is how I made it. However, you can add whatever ingredients you want.

How to Serve Alfredo Sauce

My husband and I like fettuccini Alfredo. Since I have a gluten sensitivity, I get fettuccini pasta that’s gluten-free. 

You can serve this however you like, but I’ve found this to be the best way to serve this easy recipe.

After cooking the pasta and putting it on the plate or in the bowl, I scoop some pasta sauce over it. Then I top it with parmesan or a blend of parmesan and Romano. 

chicken fettuccini alfredo in a bowl with a fork

It’s always good to enjoy any pasta dish with a side salad or steamed vegetable. My husband also enjoys a slice of crusty Italian bread with butter. 

Healthier Options

If you’re trying to keep this recipe as healthy as possible, make sure you find ingredients without added sugar, including the Alfredo sauce.

Other things you might want to use are low-fat cream cheese, low-sodium broth, and chopped vegetables such as broccoli or spinach.

This is actually a good way to get non-veggie loving kids to have more nutrition because the creamy sauce on top of the pasta dominates the flavors.

I also have a delicious but healthy low-fat Alfredo sauce that I make from scratch. It’s not quite as creamy, but you still get the flavors you love. I make it with low-fat Greek yogurt, which adds a little bit of extra flavor.

How to Keep Alfredo Sauce

If I have any of this creamy Alfredo sauce left over, I pour it into a medium or large mason jar, depending on how much I have.

Then I put it in the refrigerator. It’s good for at least 4 or 5 days. However, it rarely lasts that long at our house because I love leftovers for lunch. 

jar of alfredo sauce next to a bowl of chicken alfredo fettuccini

More Delicious Italian-Inspired Recipes

My husband and I enjoy dishes with seasonings that give them the Italian flavor we love. Here are some of our favorites:

Zucchini Pasta Sauce

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Penne with Italian Meat Sauce

Crock Pot Italian Chicken – from Back to My Southern Roots

Italian Chicken Zucchini Casserole

plate of chicken fettuccini alfredo

How to Make Jar Alfredo Sauce Better

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Elevate the taste of jarred Alfredo sauce by adding just a few ingredients. It's super easy to do and has a huge payoff in flavor.


  • One 15 ounce jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup of chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives


  1. Pour the contents of the jar of Alfredo sauce into a medium saucepan. Turn the burner up to medium-high heat. As soon as the sauce begins to bubble, turn the heat down to low.
  2. Add the ingredients you want. I added the chicken minced garlic, garlic powder, and onion powder. Turn the burner up to medium-low heat.
  3. Continue to cook until the mixture is hot, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve over fettuccini or your favorite pasta.
  5. Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the top.
  6. Garnish with the red bell pepper and chives.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 594Total Fat 52gSaturated Fat 31gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 173mgSodium 487mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 22g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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