For the last four years, I’ve searched for a simple at-home Alfredo sauce that doesn’t taste like raw sewage.

At long last, I’ve finally found a winner.

None of those pre-made canned sauces — yes, I’m looking at you, Prego — could ever get me past the point of pure disgust. And, to be frank, I’m still terrible at making a good roux.

But an Indiana TikToker has made this cheese-loving journalist happier than she’ll ever know with her “Better Than Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo” recipe video.

Lauren Bower is a Carmel resident with more than 461,700 followers on TikTok. Her original viral video from a year ago has more than 8.6 million views. A repost of the video in December has nearly 7 million views.

So basically, it’s kind of a big deal.

And I only recently discovered her. Since February, though, she’s become one of my favorite cooks on the app. It’s a bonus that she’s also a Hoosier.

The key to this dish is using a specific type of butter — Kerrygold Salted Butter, to be precise. (It’s an Irish brand that is stocked regularly at Walmart here in Portland.) Most of the ingredients here are flexible, but I don’t suggest substituting out Kerrygold brand unless you’re planning on using a locally made butter. If so, you’ll want a butter made from sweet, rich milk.

After having used Lauren’s recipe at least five times in the past two months, I think it’s time I share it with our readers.

Although I’ve listed it as four servings, this is just enough to feed my boyfriend and me — two Alfredo-loving fiends — for one meal. So take that into account while preparing.

From me to you, I present an easy and delicious Alfredo sauce.



“Better Than

Olive Garden” Alfredo Sauce

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

1 stick Kerrygold Salted Butter

3 cloves minced garlic (or about 1 1/2 teaspoons pre-minced garlic)

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan

1/2 teaspoon black pepper



Melt butter in pot on medium-low heat. Add garlic and let cook for two minutes. Pour in whipping cream and whisk for eight minutes or until thick. Add parmesan and pepper and whisk two more minutes or until cheese is melted.



Serve over pasta, chicken, broccoli or whatever else your heart desires. (Lauren even uses it for her lasagna.)

Enjoy!