Best Spicy Alfredo Sauce Recipe [easy, vegan]

This spicy Alfredo sauce recipe puts a spicy twist on classic Alfredo sauce and is a perfect blend of creamy richness and a spicy kick, thanks to the addition of crushed red pepper flakes. Up your pasta game and add a spicy touch to your table with this quick and easy recipe that is sure to spice up your dining experience.

A spoonful of spicy Alfredo sauce is removed from the pan.

How to spice up Alfredo sauce?

Alfredo sauce is a creamy sauce often served with pasta dishes. Although it is already a flavorful sauce on its own, it can be enhanced by adding various ingredients that can add depth and complexity to its flavor. Some of the ingredients that can be added to traditional Alfredo sauce include garlic, herbs, parmesan, nutmeg, crushed red pepper flakes, lemon zest, white wine, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon or pancetta.

Garlic is a classic addition to Alfredo sauce that can provide a flavorful combination. Herbs like parsley, thyme, oregano or basil can add a touch of flavor to the sauce. Adding more Parmesan or trying different varieties like Pecorino Romano can result in a tangier taste. A pinch of nutmeg can add a warm, slightly sweet flavor to the sauce, while a touch of crushed red pepper flakes can give it a subtle heat.

Adding fresh lemon zest can brighten the sauce and add a citrus note. Deglazing the pan with a little dry white wine before adding the cream can add a subtle acidity that complements the richness of the Alfredo sauce. Chopped sun-dried tomatoes can add a sweet and tangy flavor to the sauce, while sautéed mushrooms can add an earthy flavor and texture. Finally, adding cooked and crumbled bacon or pancetta can bring a savory, smoky element to the sauce. It’s important to taste the sauce as you go and adjust the seasonings to your preference.

The ingredients needed to make spicy Alfredo sauce are gathered on a board.The ingredients needed to make spicy Alfredo sauce are gathered on a board.

Is it OK to eat Alfredo cold?

Can you eat Alfredo sauce cold? Alfredo sauce is usually served warm over hot pasta, but there’s no hard and fast rule against eating it cold. Whether or not you enjoy cold Alfredo sauce is primarily a matter of personal preference.

If you want to try eating cold, creamy Alfredo sauce, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, if the Alfredo sauce has already been heated, be sure to cool it quickly and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth. Second, if you plan to eat the sauce with pasta, note that the pasta may become lumpy and less appetizing once cold. You can try mixing cold Alfredo sauce with freshly cooked, hot pasta just before serving.

Finally, some people like to use cold Alfredo sauce as a dipping sauce for vegetables or breadsticks. You can try using it as a cold dip or spread and see if you like the flavor and texture. Keep in mind that the texture and flavors of Alfredo sauce may change when cold. If you prefer it warm, you can always reheat it gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Step-by-step guide to making spicy Alfredo sauce.Step-by-step guide to making spicy Alfredo sauce.

Is Alfredo sauce the same as carbonara?

Alfredo sauce and Carbonara sauce are two of the most renowned Italian pasta sauces. Although both sauces are creamy, they differ in taste, texture and ingredients.

Alfredo sauce is a classic and delicious sauce made with butter, heavy cream and parmesan. It has a rich, buttery flavor with a hint of nuttiness from the parmesan. The sauce is silky and velvety in texture. You can add garlic or other herbs to enhance the flavor, but the basic recipe is simple and delicious on its own.

Carbonara sauce is a traditional Roman sauce made with eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, guanciale (salted pork cheek), and black pepper. The sauce is creamy, but different from Alfredo sauce, due to the addition of eggs. The sauce is thick and coats the pasta beautifully. It has a savory and slightly salty taste due to the Pecorino Romano cheese and guanciale. The black pepper adds a nice touch that enhances the flavor of the sauce. The sauce is typically made by tossing hot pasta with the raw egg and cheese mixture, allowing the heat of the pasta to cook the eggs and create a creamy, velvety sauce.

In conclusion, although Alfredo and Carbonara sauces are both creamy and delicious, they have different tastes, textures and ingredients. Alfredo sauce is a classic, simple and delicious sauce, while Carbonara sauce is more complex, with a distinct flavor that comes from the unique blend of ingredients used in its preparation.

Visual guide to making spicy Alfredo sauce.Visual guide to making spicy Alfredo sauce.

What is Alfredo sauce called in Europe?

In Europe, Alfredo sauce is not as well known or used as it is in some parts of the United States. The dish that most closely resembles Alfredo sauce in Italy is called “Fettuccine al Burro” or “Fettuccine Alfredo”.

Original Fettuccine Alfredo is a Roman dish created by Alfredo di Lelio in the early 20th century. It consists of fettuccine pasta drizzled with butter and parmesan. However, it is important to note that this dish is not as common in Italy as in other countries.

In European countries, you can find similar creamy pasta sauces, but they are more likely to be based on traditional local ingredients and flavors rather than being specifically identified with Alfredo sauce. Italian cuisine, in general, offers a wide variety of pasta dishes with different regional variations, and creamy pasta sauces are part of this culinary diversity.

Mix all the ingredients for the spicy Alfredo sauce.Mix all the ingredients for the spicy Alfredo sauce.

What do you need to make spicy Alfredo sauce

Do you like spicy foods and want to add a spicy touch to your Alfredo sauce? Here’s a list of simple ingredients you’ll need to make a spicy version:

Dairy-free cream cheese for a creamy base, butter for richness, freshly squeezed garlic cloves and onion for flavor, chili flakes to add a little heat, vegan parmesan for a cheesy taste, and cream or milk dairy-free to achieve the right consistency.

Don’t forget to add salt and pepper to taste!

Top view on a serving of spicy Alfredo pasta.Top view on a serving of spicy Alfredo pasta.

How to Make Spicy Alfredo Sauce

In a medium sized skillet, melt the butter. Add the diced onions and the pressed garlic to the melted butter and brown them for three minutes over medium heat.

Next, add the cream cheese, Parmesan, creamer, and chili flakes to the pan. Cook the mixture for five minutes.

To serve, mix spicy Alfredo sauce with cooked al dente pasta and garnish with fresh herbs.

Chili flakes are used to top spicy Alfredo pasta.Chili flakes are used to top spicy Alfredo pasta.

How to Store Spicy Alfredo Pasta

This pasta dish is sure to become the whole family’s favorite pasta dish, so there will be virtually no leftovers of the spicy Alfredo sauce.

If there are any, or if you plan to make a large quantity for meal prep, put them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator.

They will stay good for 3 to 4 days.

Close up of spicy Alfredo sauce.Close up of spicy Alfredo sauce.

Other Alfredo Sauce Recipes to Try

Collage of two photos showing spicy Alfredo pasta.Collage of two photos showing spicy Alfredo pasta.

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Enjoy, Florian.


  • 7 oz dairy-free cream cheese

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes

  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan

  • 1/4 cup cream or non-dairy milk

  • salt, pepper to taste


If there are leftovers or you plan to prepare a large quantity for meal prep, put them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. They will stay good for 3 to 4 days.

Nutritional information:

Yield: 4

Portion: 1 cup

Amount per serving:

Calories: 328Total fat: 14gSaturated fat: 4gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fats: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 492 mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

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