Poor Man's Alfredo Sauce An Original

Poor Man's Alfredo Sauce An Original

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Gary Hancq


I don't normally purchase Heavy Cream due to cost and limited usage. This subs very well and is quick and fail safe. This is just one of my many adaptations to "White Sauce" or "White Gravy".


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4 to 6
15 Min
35 Min


  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    heaping corn starch mixed in 1/2 cup cold water
  • 4 to 6 oz
    sour cream
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 stick
    butter or more
  • 3 clove
    garlic crushed and minced or more
  • 2/3 c
    parmesan cheese dry or grated
  • 1/3 tsp
  • pinch
    pepper -- white preferred it hides

How to Make Poor Man's Alfredo Sauce An Original


  1. Warm 1 1/2 cup Milk in skillet just to low simmer. Mix Corn Starch in 1/2 cup Cold Water to make slurry, add to pan and stir. increase heat and stir until thickened, Corn Starch needs to come to rolling simmer or low boil to thicken. Then reduce heat to low simmer.
  2. Add the Sour Cream and Cream Cheese if using. Add Butter. and remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate. Note: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil could be added in lieu of some of the butter.
  3. Simmer for ten or fifteen minutes. Stir occasionally then taste. Parmesan is salty so should require very little additional salt. After sampling add salt and pepper to your taste.
  4. This freezes well. If re-heating a little Milk may be used for the consistency of your liking.
  5. The Topper -- I like cooked Shrimp or Scallops heaped on my Alfredo. Sauteed Chicken works also.

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About Poor Man's Alfredo Sauce An Original

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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