Herb Alfredo Sauce

Give homemade Alfredo sauce a tasty twist by combining it with basil pesto and fresh herbs. You'll never have to choose between Alfredo pasta sauce and pesto again!

Herb Alfredo Sauce
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
20 mins
4 pints (7 cups)


  • 3 cup chicken broth

  • 2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 garlic bulb, separated into cloves, peeled, and quartered

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup purchased basil pesto or Classic Basil Pesto

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme, and/or chives (optional)

Classic Basil Pesto

  • 4 cup Firmly packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1 cup Pine nuts or walnuts

  • 1 cup Finely Shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

  • ½ cup Olive oil

  • 8 cloves Garlic, quartered

  • ½ teaspoon Salt

  • Black Pepper


  1. In a 4-quart slow cooker combine the first four ingredients (through garlic). Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together butter and flour; stir into broth mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on low about 30 minutes more or until thickened. Stir in cheese and pesto; cool.

  3. Ladle into pint canning jars. Seal and label. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. If desired, top with fresh herbs before serving.

Classic Basil Pesto

  1. In a food processor or blender combine the first six ingredients (through salt). Cover and process or blend until nearly smooth, stopping and scraping sides as needed. Season to taste with pepper.

  2. Ladle into 4-ounce canning jars. Seal and label. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

To Serve:

For every 8 ounces cooked fettuccine, use 1 to 1 1/4 cups sauce. If desired, sprinkle with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
15g Fat
4g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 38mg 1%
Folate, total 5.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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