Creamy Pesto Alfredo

Calling all cheese lovers this Creamy Pesto Alfredo is an easy 20-minute meal that will beat any restaurant Alfredo sauce you have ever had. Made with pesto, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and heavy cream, you can’t much cheesier than this.
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My kids love, love, love Alfredo sauce. In fact anytime we head to our favorite Italian restaurant in town they order this sauce to dip their bread in. I am always a little happy they do, because well I love it as well. We make Alfredo sauce at home at least once a week. And everyone is always happy. Because we eat it frequently I like to add some twist on occasion just to change things up. And this time I decided to add pesto. What is great is that you can adjust the amount of pesto in this recipe to your liking. If it would have been just my hubby and I we would have loaded it in, like 6 tablespoons, but with the kiddos eating with as well, and the fact that 2 of them freak at the site of green, meaning vegetables, we reduced that amount to 3 tablespoons. So be sure to add as much or as little pesto as you would like.

I love this Alfredo sauce recipe from my friend, Sarah over at High Heels and Grills. And it is so easy and delicious. So get out the pot and pan my friends and grate some Parmesan cheese, dinner is just 20 minutes away and it won’t disappoint.


Creamy Pesto Alfredo

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Creamy Pesto Alfredo


  • 12-16 ounces penne pasta or pasta of your choosing
  • ½ cup salted butter, unsalted is just fine too
  • 1 {8 oz.} package cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper, black pepper will work as well
  • 3-4 tablespoons pesto, add more to taste


Cook penne pasta according to package directions. Once noodles are cooked strain, then immediately rinse under cold water, then set aside.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Once completely melted add cream cheese, and garlic powder and whisk until smooth. Slowly add cream while continually whisking, gradually add chicken broth and whisk until smooth.

Whisk in Parmesan, salt, and pepper and bring to a gently boil, while constantly stirring. Once sauce is boiling, reduce heat and stir in pesto, simmer for 5 minutes, or until you reach your desire consistency.

Toss pasta into the sauce and serve immediately.


Alfredo sauce recipe from High Heels and Grills

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