I really like Alfredo sauce. I'm not a huge fan of the stuff in a jar. I've made several attempts to make alfredo and it takes forever and it always seperates or is too runny or lumpy or gross. I have a found a fairly easy and fail-safe recipe for alfredo sauce.
1/2 cup butter
1 package cream cheese (8 ounces) I use the 30% less fat stuff
2 tsp garlic powder (I use less)
2 cups milk (skim works fine)
6 ounces parmesan cheese (this is approximately 1.5 cups)
1/4 tsp black pepper
Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long.
I half this recipe and mix it with pasta, chicken, and green peas. Everyone eats it! It really is a quick and easy dish.