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Mozzarella Alfredo Pasta Sauce Recipe

This Mozzarella Alfredo pasta sauce recipe is a creamy cheesy pasta sauce with mozzarella cheese, garlic, milk, and butter. This alfredo without parmesan is perfect tossed with fettuccine pasta, mushrooms, or protein of your choice.

A delicious and creamy mozzarella pasta everyone at the table will love! Serve with easy garlic knots and a family style chopped salad for a delicious meal.

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Nothing says comfort food like alfredo sauce, and this unbelievable creamy cheesy mozzarella alfredo sauce is a great weeknight meal!  This pasta sauce comes together in about 15 minutes and is loaded with flavor from fresh herbs, garlic, and soft mozzarella cheese. A great weeknight pasta recipe the whole family will love.

I decided to make this alfredo sauce with mozzarella cheese instead of parmesan cheese.  It’s a easy creamy sauce with no heavy cream. Each bite is loaded with delicious garlicky flavor. 

Since mozzarella cheese doesn’t quite melt like parmesan, it’s added in at the end for flavor! Serve this easy recipe with linguine or fettuccine noodles and your homemade alfredo sauce will shine.

This Mozzarella Alfredo Sauce Recipe Is:

  • Creamy
  • Herby
  • Cheesy
  • Gooey
  • Decadent
  • Ready in About 15 Minutes
  • Vegetarian
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Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes for the WIN!

This Mozzarella Alfredo Pasta Sauce is the tastiest, coziest comfort food meal. It’s perfect for a hearty dinner for the family, and also great to make for company if you are having guests for dinner. It also makes a great vegetarian holiday meal for special occasions. 

Ready in 20 minutes, this sauces comes together quickly so you can enjoy a tasty meal with little prep time.  Serve with a side salad and copy cat Italian bread sticks and you’re ready to eat! It’s one of our favorite Italian recipes.

What’s In Alfredo Mozzarella Pasta Sauce?

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What Type of Mozzarella Should I Use?

I recommend using a pre-shredded mozzarella cheese, not fresh. Fresh mozzarella (while super delicious!) can get stringy and not melt as well in the pasta sauce. You can also use a pizza blend which has mozzarella and other cheeses like parmesan and cheddar for a meltier creamier pasta. This is one of our favorite cheese recipes –  a great way to use any extra shredded mozzarella you have!

  • Butter – melt butter and sauté the garlic as a great start to this sauce.
  • Garlic – I like to buy whole heads of garlic, rather than the minced garlic from a jar. If you can, try this recipe with fresh
  • Whole Milk – I used whole milk for this recipe but you can use 2% or skim milk if desired.
  • Parsley
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: I like to use a pink Himalayan Sea Salt in my kitchen, which has more natural minerals than plain processed table salt.  It’s fairly inexpensive, so I’d recommend this salt if you’re looking for an easy way to level up your spice pantry.
  • Tellicherry Peppercorns: Like the salt, it’s amazing the flavor difference you can get with really good tellicherry black pepper.  Amazon has a generic brand tellicherry peppercorn which is the same price is buying pre-ground, and has a million times more flavor… so I use these really great tellicherry peppercorns, which I would definitely recommend.  
  • Add-Ins: See below for some great options.
  • Fettuccine to serve, use gluten free if desired

Add-Ins

You can customize this mozzarella sauce pasta by adding in your favorite protein or vegetables to this dish.

  • Chicken Breasts – cooked, grilled, or rotisserie chicken breasts would be a great add-in. Just make sure the chicken is cooked before adding to the pasta.
  • Shrimp – cooked before adding, for a great seafood variation.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – for a spicier sauce!
  • ​Fresh Basil – which makes a great topper.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes – for a sweet burst of tomato flavor, or even fresh chopped tomatoes.
  • Italian Seasoning – for an extra herby kick!
  • Sauteed mushrooms or grilled vegetables
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Easy Weeknight Alfredo with Mozzarella

This mozzarella alfredo sauce is what I call an Easy Weeknight Meal – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you want a simple homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Browse all our Easy Weeknight Meals which are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a wholesome meal can be on your table in no time.  Even faster than ordering takeout!

How Do I Make Alfredo Sauce with Mozzarella Cheese?

  1. Cook the pasta: bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium low. Add the garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until it becomes lightly brown. Add the butter, flour, and 1/4 cup of milk, and stir for 3-4 minutes until a roux forms and the flour has no more lumps. Pour the remainder of the milk into the sauce and simmer over low/medium heat until a thick sauce forms.
  3. Add chopped parsley. If you’re adding sautéed mushrooms, veggies, or any add ins (like cooked chicken) now would be the time.
  4. Add the mozzarella, salt, and black pepper, and cooked pasta into the pan. Heat for 2-3 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. Toss well and enjoy!
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Simple One Pot Pasta Recipes 

This mozzarella sauce pasta is the tastiest, freshest dinner recipe. It’s perfect for a hearty meal for the family, and also great to make for company if you are having guests for dinner.

It makes a great holiday pasta dish as well – a simple vegetarian recipe to serve with a salad. Pasta is a fast and inexpensive meal. It takes only 20 minutes to cook, so you can enjoy extra time to prep sides or a salad. Browse all our pasta recipes here!

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Make Mozzarella Alfredo Vegetarian

This vegetarian mozzarella alfredo recipe is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegetarian cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. 

By building meals around vegetarian pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegetarian recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and tasty recipes are fantastic meatless meals for your table.

Dietary Modifications

  • This recipe is vegetarian, and does not contain meat.
  • To make this recipe gluten free, be sure to use a gluten free pasta and flour for the roux. Always ensure your ingredients are certified gluten free if needed.

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Mozzarella Alfredo Pasta Sauce

Kelly Jensen
This Mozzarella Alfredo Sauce is a creamy cheesy pasta sauce with mozzarella cheese, garlic, milk, and butter. This alfredo without parmesan is perfect tossed with fettuccine pasta, mushrooms, or chicken. A delicious and creamy mozzarella pasta everyone at the table will love!
4.97 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 356 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces pasta for serving, I used penne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups warm milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta: bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium low. Add the garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until it becomes lightly brown. Add the butter, flour, and 1/4 cup of milk, and stir for 3-4 minutes until a roux forms and the flour has no more lumps. Pour the remainder of the milk into the sauce and simmer over low/medium heat until a thick sauce forms.
  • Add chopped parsley. If you’re adding sautéed mushrooms, veggies, or any add ins (like cooked chicken) now would be the time.
  • Add the mozzarella, salt, and black pepper, and cooked pasta into the pan. Heat for 2-3 minutes until the mozzarella has melted. Toss well and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 20gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 519mgPotassium: 421mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1578IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 2mg
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26 Comments

  1. Beth Smith

    5 stars
    I needed a lactose free option for my grandaugher so I made this recipe using Lactose free milk, ghee instead of butter and a cup and a half of lactose free shredded mozarella. I added one cup of chicken broth for extra flavor. I also added cubed chicken breast that I had pre-grilled, diced steamed carrots and broccoli. It was delicious!

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  3. Aline Okello

    5 stars
    Brilliant flavor and a lot cheaper than using Parmesan. Would make this in double recipe for a larger family like mine. Overall it’s delicious 😋

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  5. Taylor Hanna

    5 stars
    My three year old and I are obsessed with this recipe, which is good because it is so quick and easy. I’ve even just garlic powder instead of fresh garlic in a pinch, and it’s just as good. We add whatever veggies we have on hand! Zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, whatever!

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  9. Susan

    5 stars
    I just made this and added sautéed onions and bell peppers to the mix. Absolutely delicious and very easy. I used spaghetti noodles instead because that was all I have on hand. Thank you for a great recipe!

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    • The Herbeevore

      Hello, yes you can! I’d recommend sauteeing the vegetables first so they soften, then adding them with the mozzarella cheese and toss together. You can also add in cooked protein (chicken, tofu, etc.) too if desired.

    • The Herbeevore

      Hi Erin,
      I haven’t tried it with 2% milk – but you can absolutely try, it may not be as creamy as the whole milk so you may need to add a few extra minutes of cooking time to reduce the milk down.

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