Garlic Cream Sauce

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Garlic Cream Sauce is an easy creamy sauce, great for pasta and for veggies!

Just a handful of ingredients including butter, cream, and of course lots of garlic, this sauce takes just minutes to make.

close up of Garlic Cream Sauce on pasta

What is Garlic Cream Sauce?

  • Garlic cream sauce is an easy-to-make sauce with a rich creamy texture and a nice garlicky flavor.
  • This sauce is creamy like alfredo sauce or cream cheese sauce, but has more garlic flavor and doesn’t have a strong parmesan cheese flavor.
  • This sauce is great on pasta, served with seafood or over cauliflower.

Garlic cream sauce ingredients

Ingredients & Variations

INGREDIENTS: Garlic, butter, flour, cream, some parsley, are all the simple ingredients needed for this recipe. There are no artificial ingredients in this homemade sauce, unlike store-bought brands. It calls for light cream, but heavy cream can also be used.

VARIATIONS: Add some bacon bits or crumbled cooked bacon to the sauce. Add a splash of white wine, a pinch of cayenne, or a dose of parmesan or swiss cheese.

process of whisking ingredients together to make Garlic Cream Sauce

How to Make Garlic Cream Sauce

A few minutes to make this garlic cream sauce!

  1. Combine garlic and butter in a pan and cook just until fragrant.
  2. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Wisk in cream and simmer until thickened (as per recipe below). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This creamy garlic sauce can be used for drizzling over asparagus, potatoes, or air fryer cauliflower. Stir it into macaroni and cheese, leftover mashed potatoes or add it to a favorite zucchini recipe.

Garlic Cream Sauce in a jar

Tips for a Great Garlic Sauce

  • Use fresh garlic and be sure it doesn’t brown.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Parmesan cheese is a great addition to this recipe.

The white sauce will last in the refrigerator for 5 days. It will need to be reheated gently. This sauce can also be frozen in freezer bags or small containers for up to 6 months. Freeze in usable portions.

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Garlic Cream Sauce

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Garlic cream sauce is a quick and simple cream sauce. It's perfect over pasta or seafood.


  • cup butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • cup light cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • salt & black pepper to taste

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  • Combine butter and garlic in a small skillet and cook over medium low heat until the butter is melted and you can begin to smell the garlic.
  • Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute more. Stir in cream a bit at a time whisking after each addition. Simmer 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Season generously with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Serve with pasta or as a dipping sauce for chicken, shrimp or steak.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to cook garlic just until fragrant, do not let the garlic brown.
1/3 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese can be added. Whisk in once the sauce is thickened.
This sauce can be served with pasta or over seafood or steamed vegetables.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 206, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 143mg, Potassium: 44mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 760IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
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