Rich, creamy, and cheesy, Alfredo sauce is the perfect addition to a hearty pasta meal. With its high dairy content, Alfredo sauce does not have a long shelf life which means that any leftovers can easily go to waste if not used within a few days.
Cream and dairy-based dishes don’t usually get a good wrap when it comes to freezing due to the textural changes that occur on thawing. There is, however, a way to preserve Alfredo sauce in the freezer for future use.
This way you don’t have to see any of your creamy pasta sauce perfection go to waste and can enjoy it one, two, or even three months later.
Below you will find out exactly how to store and thaw Alfredo sauce for long-term use.
Types of Alfredo Sauce
Authentic Alfredo sauce is a creamy sauce made from butter, Parmesan cheese, and often with the addition of cream.
The sauce is known as a pasta coating but can be creatively used in other dishes such as vegetable casseroles, turkey or chicken bake, and a baked potato topping.
Alfredo sauce variations can include the addition of various cheeses as well as herbs. A variety of commercially-produced Alfredo sauces can be purchased in a jar, however, these types include flavorings, additives, and stabilizers to extend their shelf-life.
Can I Freeze Alfredo Sauce?
Alfredo sauce can be frozen although textural changes will occur due to the high fat and water content. The temperature changes and damage to cell walls during freezing will cause the ingredients to split and the sauce may take on a yellow color.
Despite these changes, Alfredo sauce can be successfully used in cooked dishes after freezing by simply mixing the ingredients well after defrosting to reconstitute the creamy consistency.
Follow the steps below carefully to freeze and thaw the Alfredo sauce for successful long-term preservation.
How To Freeze Alfredo Sauce
Step 1: Cool
Alfredo sauce should be frozen straight after it was made as this will lessen the chances of the ingredients splitting. Once the sauce has been prepared, cool it completely to room temperature. You can place it in the refrigerator for faster cooling.
Step 2: Portion and Pack
Once cooled, portion the Alfredo sauce into the quantities you may need at any given time. This prevents having to thaw the entire batch as you will not be able to refreeze any leftovers a second time around.
Pour or scoop the sauce into thick resealable freezer bags. Leave some headspace for the sauce to expand as it freezes.
Step 3: Remove Air
Air is the enemy and will cause freezer burn and exacerbate the sauce from spoiling. It is therefore important to remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag before sealing it.
Step 4: Label and Freeze
Once the air is removed and the bag is sealed, label it. Include the date on the label in order to keep track of how long the sauce has been stored in the freezer.
Place the sauce-filled packets flat on a baking sheet and pop it into the freezer. This allows the Alfredo sauce to freeze and thaw evenly. Once frozen, remove the baking sheet and stack the packets in the freezer allowing you to save plenty of space and keep the freezer organized.
How To Thaw Frozen Alfredo Sauce
To defrost the frozen Alfredo sauce, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. You will notice that the sauce will separate on thawing. Snip the corner of the freezer bag and squeeze the sauce out into a saucepan.
Mix it well with a whisk to reconstitute the creamier consistency. Heat the sauce slowly. If it has thinned out too much on freezing, mix a half teaspoon of cornstarch in a small quantity of cold water to form a paste.
Add the paste into the sauce while stirring well. Simmer the mixture on the stovetop until it thickens, then enjoy.
Once heated, use all the sauce as cooling and heating it again will increase the chances of harmful bacterial growth and food poisoning.
Alfredo sauce makes pasta an indulgent dinner affair, but it is not always possible to just make the quantity you are going to use.
Leftover sauce is sometimes inevitable. As long as you freeze it shortly after it has been made, you can enjoy the Alfredo sauce in a variety of savory dishes for months to come by preserving it in the freezer.
Don’t worry about the change in texture and color on freezing. You can easily fix this on reheating and when incorporating it into your next delicious vegetable or meaty meal.
As you start to reheat the sauce, you can even add a bit more cheese for a completely comforting and decadent meal.
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