How to Improve Jarred Alfredo Sauce

By Dotun Ola

If you’re about to make Alfredo sauce and found out that the container in your kitchen is tasteless, here are some suggestions on what you can do to bring that sauce alive.

One of the best aspects of making a sauce at home is that you have artistic freedom to alter the flavor how you see fit.

Although, people say it could be quick and affordable to buy a jar of sauce at the supermarket. Brace yourself, it could be bland and unoriginal, but do not fret, the ordinary jar can become something extraordinary with a little additional work and a few inexpensive components.

  • Garlic

Fresh garlic cloves are a super simple, quick, and inexpensive way to give the canned sauce a tremendous flavor boost. Alternatively, add up to 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or cook fresh garlic for 3 minutes in butter or olive oil.

When adding garlic, sauté it first before incorporating the remaining ingredients. Stirring constantly to prevent burning, cook for 10 minutes in a pan over medium heat.

Try to enhance the flavor of premade alfredo sauce for times when you don’t have the time or just want to use up ingredients in your cupboard. Choose one or more of the suggestions below, or use all of them if you choose.

  • Butter

Melted butter gives alfredo sauce a creamy texture and a pleasantly strong taste. Add up to 1/4 cup and whisk until melted over low heat.

By sautéing garlic cloves in butter, you can double the amount of buttery garlic.

  • Cheese

Cheese is a great addition because this sauce already has a creamy texture. Add up to 1/2 cup of any melty cheese, such as cream cheese, gouda, cheddar, or mozzarella. Alternatively, you might incorporate up to 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.

Note- steer clear of low-fat cream cheese to prevent a bland, gritty outcome.

  • Vegetables

Add some finely chopped vegetables for both added taste and a diversity of textures. Fresh Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and onions are all excellent choices.

  • Seasonings

Adding extra seasonings and spices will significantly improve the flavor of a bland jar of sauce. I like salt, pepper, Italian spice, dried basil, oregano, onion powder, and seasoned salt among other things.

To prevent over-spicing, start with modest amounts (1/2 teaspoon at a time) and add as needed.

  • Spice It Up

To give it a lively and mouth-watering zing, add some heat! There are some delectable possibilities, such as cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp), hot sauce (up to 1 Tbsp), red pepper flakes (up to 2 tsp), additional black pepper, or white pepper.

  • New Herbs

The best way to liven up bland cuisine is using fresh herbs. The best selections include cilantro, thyme, chives, and chopped fresh Italian parsley.

  • Choose Your Or Milk

For an additional premium creamy texture and robust flavor, add a tiny quantity of milk, heavy whipping cream, or sour cream (up to 1/2 cup) at the end of your cooking time (until barely cooked through).

  • Wine And Stock 

White wine up to 1/2 cup can change the flavor and aroma and add up to 1 cup of chicken stock or broth for a little more flavor.

  • Meat

To make alfredo more flavorful, I prefer incorporating boiled, diced chicken, ground turkey, or beef that has been cooked and also tastes fantastic.


3 tablespoons of butter, 3 minced garlic cloves, 16 ounces of alfredo sauce, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley, and 2 cups cooked and diced chicken.


  • In a moderate pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, or until tender and aromatic.
  • Add the other ingredients, including salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and chicken, as preferred, along with the jar of Alfredo sauce.
  • Cook for 10 minutes while continuously stirring. Until the intended flavor is obtained, add spices and seasonings as necessary.

What to Serve With Alfredo Sauce

  • On your next pizza, swap out the pizza sauce for Alfredo sauce, and dip your garlic toast or breadsticks in it.
  • You can also make a hearty pasta alfredo by spreading it on the spaghetti or mixing creamy alfredo sauce with any pasta dish.
  • Another option is to add it to ranch chicken casserole with bacon or spread it over hot fettuccine noodles as well as scalloped potatoes.

Enjoy your meal!