All the Ways to Love Alfredo Sauce (in 25 Minutes or Less)

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Marinara often takes the crown in terms of quick-fix pasta sauces, but with just a few key ingredients, Alfredo sauce, too, is a go-to pick on nights when you have next to no time to make dinner. Whether you’re a fan of the classic recipe with little more than cream and cheese or you’re looking to dress up the original with bright, bold flavors, check out our top five ways to dig into this satisfying supper.

Giada De Laurentiis opts for a two-part approach to adding refreshing lemon flavor to her 10-minute sauce: the juice as well as the grated zest. After simmering the lemon juice with the cream and butter, she adds the pasta and nutty Parmesan before tossing it with the zest ahead of serving.

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Food Styling: Karen Evans

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Kang Kim

Don’t forget the pumpkin (because ’tis the season for pumpkin spice).

Pumpkin spice has invaded our lattes and muffins, so why not our pasta, right? Ready in only 20 minutes, Food Network Magazine’s recipe adds a dollop of pure pumpkin and a pinch of nutmeg to a classically cheesy sauce for warm spice.

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Photo by: Andrew Purcell

Andrew Purcell

Thanks to store-bought ravioli, this stick-to-your-ribs recipe from Food Network Magazine comes together in a hurry. Not only do the peas add color, but they also promise pops of brightness amid the richness of the cream.

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Food stylist: Adrienne Anderson Prop stylist: Leslie Siegel,Food stylist: Adrienne AndersonProp stylist: Leslie Siegel

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Andrew McCaul

Believe it or not, it’s indeed possible to trim calories fromf Alfredo without sacrificing flavor. The secret? Neufchatel, or low-fat cream cheese. In this recipe from Food Network Magazine, it offers the creaminess you crave, but is less indulgent than the usual heavy cream.

Ree Drummond's Alfredo Sauce for Alex's 16th Birthday as seen on Food Network's The Pioneer Woman

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Rich, hearty and endlessly comforting, The Pioneer Woman’s 15-minute sauce is the ultimate in family-friendly fare.

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