Parmesan Cream Sauce

A rich cream sauce made with butter, cream, and an abundance of Parmesan cheese.  Parmesan Cream Sauce is the perfect go-to cream sauce for your favorite pasta!  Quick and easy to make!

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I know exactly what you’re thinking.  I don’t have time to make a cream sauce from scratch.

I’m telling you right now, if you have time to boil water and cook the pasta, you have time to make this Parmesan Cream Sauce… before the pasta is even ready to drain!

All from scratch.

No packets.

No jars.

Just straight up easy.  

Most importantly, it’s SOOOO good!

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You will fall in love with this sauce!

It’s so creamy and cheesy-licious!

I’m a saucy kind of girl, myself.  And, my boys are huge fans of this cream sauce.  Gatlon (the teenager of 6’1”) would choose to eat this everyday.  Needless to say, it’s his favorite.

I want to share with you how to make my go-to cream sauce.  It will blow your mind at how quick it is to make.  

I promise, after you make this, you will never go back to those pre made jars (or sauce packets) again!

Parmesan Cream Sauce from SimplyGloria.com Ingredients1In a large skillet on medium heat, put in the cream cheese and butter.  I have always preferred to using a skillet in place of a sauce pan.  I feel I have more room for the sauce to do it’s thing!  

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Immediately pour in half of the heavy whipping cream.  

I didn’t say this was a low calorie kind of sauce… just a delicious one!

Sprinkle in the Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.

Whisk all together while the cream cheese is melting into the heavy cream and butter.  

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You’ll notice the sauce will become very thick.  But, keep whisking while pouring in the half & half.

Parmesan Cream Sauce from SimplyGloria.com Ingredients4Add the rest of the of the heavy whipping cream and half & half.  

Whisk and simmer until the sauce becomes a creamy, medium thick consistency.  Usually this takes a few minutes.  The longer you let the sauce simmer, the thicker it becomes. If it gets too thick, add a tablespoon of half & half at a time.

Turn heat down to low.

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Now it’s time to stir in the grated Parmesan!

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And, the fresh shredded Parmesan.

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Ta-da!  

So easy.  Even a 7 year old can be your helper!  

Parmesan Cream Sauce
A rich cream sauce made with butter, cream, and an abundance of Parmesan cheese. Parmesan Cream Sauce is the perfect go-to cream sauce for your favorite pasta! Quick and easy to make! Makes about 4 cups of sauce.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounce cream cheese, cold or room temperature
  2. 4 tablespoons (real) unsalted butter
  3. 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  4. 1 1/2 cups half & half, divided
  5. 1 cup grated Parmesan
  6. 1 cup shredded fresh Parmesan
  7. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  8. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  9. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  10. salt & pepper, to taste
  11. fresh parsley for garnishing, optional.
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet on medium heat, put in the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and seasonings. Whisk together until cream cheese has melted and all combined. It will be thick.
  3. Whisk in 3/4 cup of half & half and bring it to a simmer for a few minutes. Keep whisking! It will begin to thicken up.
  4. Add the rest of the of the heavy whipping cream and half & half. Whisk and simmer until it comes to a creamy consistency. Usually takes a few minutes. The longer you let the sauce simmer, the thicker it becomes. If it gets too thick, add a tablespoon of half & half at a time.
  5. Turn temperature down to low.
  6. Whisk in the grated Parmesan.
  7. Stir in the shredded Parmesan.
  8. Ready to serve over your favorite pasta!
Notes
  1. Start making this sauce as soon as you start the process of making your pasta. Everything will be done at the same time and ready to serve!
  2. Refrigerate any sauce that is leftover in a closed container for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place in a pot on low heat, instead of the microwave. (The microwave separates the butters in the cream.) It will seem very thick when it is cold. But, as it warms up, it will become nice and creamy again. Remember, it's the cream cheese that is needing to melt again. Add 1 tablespoon of half & half (or 2 teaspoons of milk) at a time to thin out the sauce when heating it back up, if needed.
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Remember, as long as it takes for your pasta to cook, you have time to make this sauce!  

If you have some leftover chicken (and bacon!) throw those in and make it a complete meal.  The possibilities are endless!

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What is your favorite pasta dish?  

With me, it’s anything added to pasta itself!  But, when my boys have a choice, it’s always this Parmesan Cream Sauce over any kind of pasta.

Enjoy, my friends!

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    • says

      Nancy, you’d love it over anything… I even eat it straight of the bowl. But, can’t do that too often, those invisible calories get me every time! (=

  1. says

    Yum!! I accidentally bought 2 blocks of cream cheese for a dip I made this week that really only called for one. I’ve been thinking of what to do with the extra and so glad I came across this recipe! It’ll put that cream cheese to use and now I’ve got dinner, too 🙂
    Thanks!
    xo Lindsay
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  2. says

    Looks great Gloria, I make this all the time but the kids don’t like the onion or onion powder so I leave it out. A lot of times I will make asparagus and they like me to make this sauce for their asparagus. 🙂

    Michael
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    • says

      That sounds really good over asparagus, Michael! I’m going to have to try that next time. I love to bake it in with some fresh green beans. My boys laugh at me because I can’t even make the green beans stay healthy!

    • says

      Ashley, you’re right. It makes for a fast meal on the weekdays. This is why I make it all the time when my boys come home for *school* lunch. It’s fast and filling.

  3. Leigh-Ann says

    Why do you call for 1cup each grated and shredded Parm? Why not just use 2 cups of one or the other. It all melts into the sauce anyway?

    • says

      1 cup of grated Parmesan is from the canister (the powder-like stuff) and shredded is in the usually in a container that has been freshly shredded or you may freshly shred a brick of Parmesan. 🙂 You may use 2 cups of one or the other. I feel it gives it more texture and flavor by using two different forms of Parmesan.

    • says

      Yes, you may go ahead and freeze this sauce. Be sure to cool completely and put in an air tight container before putting in freezer. You are going to love this sauce! Thank so much for stopping by, Frances! 🙂

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