Alfredo sauce is a very popular pasta sauce option, made from Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese and cream.
With a high dairy fat content, alfredo sauce has a relatively shorter shelf life.
Whether it is because you have leftovers or because you have made a considerable amount on purpose to store and use with time, what are your options for storage?
Unlike some other creamier sauces that do not freeze well, Alfredo sauce can actually be kept in freezer storage for a substantial amount of time.
Both the freezing and the thawing process are very important and must be done carefully.
This comprehensive guide covers all of it, based on time-tested experience and lots of research. Read on to find out how to freeze alfredo sauce!
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
- What to Note and Do Before Freezing Alfredo Sauce
- Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
- How to Freeze Pasta in Alfredo Sauce
- How Long Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
- How to Store Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
- How to Defrost Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
- Can You Re-freeze Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
- Does Alfredo Sauce Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
What to Note and Do Before Freezing Alfredo Sauce
What actually makes alfredo sauce slightly difficult to freeze is its high and heavy dairy fat content.
The common issue faced by most people who have frozen alfredo sauce is that it tends to separate during freezing. At times it can even take a yellowish hue.
The fact is that freezing any kind of cream sauce is not without its risks.
However, it’s not to say that it is impossible. In fact, there is a trick to making sure the original texture as well as color, which you will find out soon enough.
Therefore, if done properly and using the right methods, freezing alfredo sauce is not only an excellent way to save money, but also a really great way to decrease the household waste generated.
- Airtight freezer bags
- No special tools needed
- Transfer the alfredo sauce in portions into the airtight freezer bags – Make sure they have cooled down properly first. Don’t overfill the freezer bags; there should be some space left once you have put the sauce inside.
- Squeeze out air and seal the bags – Squeeze out all the air possible from the bags. Seal the bags very tightly, very carefully. Label the bags, they are ready to freeze!
How to Freeze Pasta in Alfredo Sauce
Time Taken: 8-9 hours
What You Need:
- Baking sheet
- Cookie sheet
- Freeze-safe container
You can definitely freeze cooked alfredo pasta, which significantly saves your time and effort later on when you want a quick meal.
Thawing it is also a simple process.
Place the Pasta on a Baking Sheet
Do this very carefully, in a single layer. The single layer is very important as otherwise, the pasta may stick and clump together when freezing.
If you are working with longer noodles, such as fettuccine or spaghetti, freeze in ‘nests’ instead of in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Twirl a fork in the pasta, and then place the nests from the fork on the cookie sheet, with at least a couple of inches of distance between them.
Flash-Freeze the Alfredo Sauce Pasta
Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for at least 7 to 8 hours. To be safe, you can even go with keeping them overnight.
Move the Pasta into Freezer-Safe Airtight Containers
Once the frozen pasta has been carefully transferred into the containers, seal and label the containers. They are ready to freeze.
The pasta can be frozen for up to at least one or two months. To defrost, you should cook directly (make sure you don’t overdo it!).
The stirring helps with regaining the alfredo consistency and should thaw the pasta well. You could also give it a run in the microwave.
How Long Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
When kept securely in the freezer, alfredo sauce can stay good for up to 2 or 3 months.
However, it is advisable to consume it as soon as possible from freezing it considering how, the longer you freeze, the greater will be the changes to its texture, color and even taste.
How to Store Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
Alfredo sauce can be frozen in a container, a jar, or even a resealable freezer bag – as long as they are sealed tightly and will not leak.
However, it is generally not advisable to freeze alfredo sauce in the same container or carton that it came in.
How to Defrost Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
Leave it to Thaw in the Fridge Overnight
This is highly recommended. Once the alfredo sauce has defrosted completely, it is likely to separate. Next, you need to merge the ingredients back together.
Use a Whisk to Stir the Sauce Vigorously
Do this until all the ingredients have recombined.
If the alfredo sauce seems to have thinned after thawing, the trick is to dilute half a teaspoon of cornstarch in a minuscule amount of water, and then add it to the sauce.
Then, you can reheat the sauce on the stove – Use a low heat, do not overheat it.
Heat gradually and on a low heat, keep stirring with a sturdy spoon or the whisk. It should thicken in a while.
Can You Re-freeze Frozen Alfredo Sauce?
It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen alfredo sauce.
To freeze it once, defrost and thaw, and then again go through the same all over again, would totally ruin the texture, consistency, and even the taste of the alfredo sauce.
The end product you will get after refreezing the sauce would be inedible.
Does Alfredo Sauce Freeze Well?
Alfredo sauce actually does freeze well, especially in comparison to other creamy sauces that tend to get completely separated during the freezing process.
That said, it is not recommended to keep the alfredo sauce in freezer storage for longer than the advised time: otherwise, it could lead to it getting ruined too.
This is not advisable. If you know that you will need to freeze it, the best way to go about it is to freeze it directly afterwards, right after it has cooled slightly. Do not wait a few days to freeze it, as this might make the freezing process worse.
If you notice your alfredo sauce starting to thin and separate when you are cooling it before freezing it, stir it thoroughly and rigorously to recombine the ingredients as much as possible before you start putting it into the freezer bags for freezer storage.
The method described here works well for freezing both homemade as well as store-bought alfredo sauce. In case of store-bought alfredo sauce, the cooling step is naturally left out.
You do not need to freeze an unopened jar of alfredo sauce. You can just keep it stocked in the pantry at normal room temperature.
You should check labels just to be safe, but sealed and unopen jars of alfredo sauce should be good for at least 6 months, without requiring any freezing.
In this case, it is fine to go ahead and freeze it. Just make sure you stir it very thoroughly and rigorously before you follow the above method and keep it in the freezer.
Go back to the section in this guide which talks about defrosting the frozen alfredo sauce. The cornstarch paste trick should work. You should definitely stir it a lot and very rigorously.
These should help regain at least some of the original thickness of your alfredo sauce.
Alfredo sauce can be used in a wide variety of dishes and recipes. Check out this Twisted video which guides you through a number of them.
We have gone through the method to freeze as well as thaw alfredo sauce, along with pasta made from the same, and a number of other guidelines and things you need to keep in mind.
We hope that this guide has helped you understand how to freeze alfredo sauce at home.
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