15 Comfort Food Dinners That Start With Creamy Alfredo Sauce
Want an instant upgrade for just about any dish? Add creamy, velvety Alfredo sauce. Plain pasta suddenly feels decadent. Lasagna turns luxurious. Leftover chicken and frozen spinach transform into deeply satisfying comfort food. And it's all down to a simple Italian-style cream sauce you can make from scratch or buy in a jar. Keep scrolling to get 15 ideas for dinners that owe their deliciousness to Alfredo sauce.
Peppered Shrimp Alfredo
Mushrooms, peppers, and shrimp are simmered in rich and creamy Alfredo sauce (the recipe uses jarred sauce but you could easily make your own), and tossed with penne pasta for a satisfying comfort food supper.
To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo
"This is a recipe that I created by modifying my mother's recipe. My boyfriend is a fettuccine Alfredo connoisseur and he scrapes the pan every time! I get nothing but rave reviews when I make this dish. I must warn you, this recipe is not for the health conscious. Enjoy!" —ERINMARIE
Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
Chicken, mushrooms, and fresh tomatoes are simmered in a homemade Alfredo sauce and served over fettuccini pasta. Homecook SLYVIXEN says, "I don't typically write reviews on recipes, whether I like them or not. This one however, is a masterpiece."
Lasagna Alfredo Roll Ups
Cooked lasagna noodles get rolled up around a cheesy spinach (or broccoli) filling and baked in Alfredo sauce. Helpful tips from reviewers (who LOVE this recipe) include squeezing out extra moisture from the frozen spinach and patting dry the noodles so your sauce doesn't get watery.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Alfredo
This easy-prep version of chicken Alfredo uses cream of chicken soup as a shortcut ingredient. "My whole family loved this," says fabeveryday. "So easy — definitely a keeper."
Spinach and chicken get layered up with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and Alfredo sauce for this creamy version of lasagna. "My 12 yr old daughter absolutely loves to help me prepare assemble and eat this recipe," says HURLYGIRL1. "She requests it every year on her Bday. I suggest using leftover roaster chicken meat for a more flavorful recipe."
For this quick 30-minute meal, zucchini and egg noodles get tossed together in a basil-flavored cream sauce. You could enjoy this as a side dish or on its own as a meat-free main.
In just 25 minutes you could be digging into a creamy dish of mostaccioli pasta tossed with homemade Alfredo sauce. Some reviewers used this recipe as a base and added extras like broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, or shrimp.
Spinach Alfredo Sauce (Better than Olive Garden)
Recipe submitter nbrock_85 says, "Top with grilled chicken on fettucine pasta for a complete meal or use as a dip for bread sticks. When I make this dish, everyone raves over it! Add more spinach if you're a spinach lover or leave it out if you're not a fan. I like adding lots of garlic! For a thicker sauce, add more cream cheese."
Grilled Chicken Alfredo Flatbread Pizzas
You can use bread dough or refrigerated pizza dough, leftover rotisserie chicken, and prepared Alfredo sauce as your shortcut ingredients for these easy-to-make pizzas. "This turned out great," says House of Aqua. "I'm vegetarian so I made it without the meat but I would definitely make this again. Editing to add that I've now made this pizza 3 times because we love it so much!"
Instant Pot Jerk Chicken Alfredo
Jerk seasoning spices things up and creamy Alfredo sauce cools it all down in this one-pot meal. Homecook Amy says, "This was a really good easy recipe. I doubled it all and fed a family of 5 with leftovers. I used Walkers jerk seasoning and next time will add more. I also didn't have the garlic base so used chicken stock and added garlic. Very warming but flavorful."
Isa's Butternut Squash Vegan Alfredo Pasta
Homemade cashew cream and roasted butternut squash make up the creamy dairy-free sauce for this autumn-flavored pasta dish. For extra texture and eye-appeal, reserve some chopped squash to fold into the dish, as shown. Garnish with minced parsley and freshly ground pepper.
Baked Chicken Alfredo
Looking for an easy comfort food casserole? Here you go. And surprise! The sauce is made from scratch. Honestly, it's so easy. Feel free to fold in spinach or broccoli.
Mushroom Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
Shrimp and mushrooms get tossed in an easy homemade Alfredo sauce with fettuccine noodles for an easy, hearty dinner. Homecook grantjns62 says, "This recipe is above restaurant quality. Best meal I have made in a while. From now on, when I get a craving for alfredo, I will skip Red Lobster and go straight to the grocery store!"
Smoked Salmon Alfredo Sauce
Creamy homemade Alfredo sauce balances the strong flavor of smoked salmon in this simple pasta dish. "My family loved this recipe," says SERNARAMA. "I used a package of smoked salmon bits that cost less than $4.00. I used half-and-half (because that is what I had in the fridge) and it came out just fine, just remember to reduce it down a little. The basic recipe was plenty for all 5 of us. This is fancy enough to serve to company."