Easy Penne Pasta With Store-bought Alfredo sauce

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This easy Penne pasta with store-bought Alfredo sauce is perfect if you are short on time. You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes, and it’s super easy, too. Not only that, this recipe is affordable, deliciously creamy, and perfect for any occasion.

A plate full of penne pasta with store-bought alfredo sauce in a grey plate

I will also teach you how to make store-bought Alfredo sauce taste better. Feel free to use any of your favorite vegetables in this recipe, or you can take the veggies out if you don’t want any.
I like to make easy, quick, and affordable recipes like these because I am a busy mama of four, and I also do in-home daycare, so I am always in a hurry. I add vegetables to it, so my kiddos eat their veggies. 

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How to make store-bought Alfredo sauce taste better

There are so many brands of alfredo sauce at the store. Personally, I do not think that it matters if you use the cheap kind or the most expensive brands. If you know how to make the store-bought alfredo sauce taste better, it does not matter what type you get. If you want to elevate your dish to a whole new level, follow these tips to get the best flavors out of your Alfredo.

 

Here are my tips

Add extra grated cheese: No matter what types of jarred alfredo sauce you bought, adding extra grated cheese will elevate your dish and give it additional flavors. The best cheese to use is grated Parmesan cheese. Our favorite is this grated Parmesan and Romano cheese.  They taste so good, affordable, can last for a long time, and they also go very well with other recipes.

 Add more cream:   We use heavy cream. It elevates the sauce and makes it thicker, creamier, and won’t dry the pasta. Using the cream is optional, but if you want your dish to be creamier and better, we recommend using it. If you don’t have cream, you can substitute it with milk and a little bit of butter.

 If you want healthier options, an Alfredo sauce is already high in fat and calories, so read the nutrition labels to find healthier alternatives. There are many kinds of light Alfredo sauce options out there. 

The cream will increase the calories for sure, but you can add some veggies to this dish to make the dish healthier.

Use fresh garlic: Many jarred Alfredo sauce already has garlic in it because of its health benefits and tastes but don’t stop there; use extra garlic. It adds more flavors to the dish.

Season with black pepper: The spiciness of the black pepper enhances the flavor of the Alfredo sauce. 

Mix the cooked pasta directly into the sauce, not the sauce on top of the pasta: If you mix the cooked pasta inside the sauce, the pasta will better absorb the sauce, and the pasta won’t dry, so combine them.

Don’t overcook or undercook the pasta: The Alfredo sauce will taste so much better if the pasta is cooked correctly. Read the instructions written on the box very well to know how long to cook the pasta. And always test taste as it’s cooking, so you will see if it needs more time on the stove or not.  This is especially true if you use gluten-free pasta, they are a bit tricky to cook and fall apart easily.  

Cook the meat first: It’s best to cook the meat first before you add the sauce. Alfredo sauce can burn fast, so you shouldn’t cook the sauce for a long time. 

What is the best store-bought Alfredo sauce?

There are many store-bought Alfredo sauces of good quality and excellent flavors. But there’s no guarantee that all of them will suit your needs. They all vary in price, taste and have different ingredients, so it can be hard to pick the right one – especially if there are so many options from which to chose.

To find what you really like, you will have to try it out for yourself because everyone has their own tastes, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t give you some pointers and recommendations.

 

When buying a jarred Alfredo sauce, choose the ones with real and natural ingredients, including cream, butter, and cheese. Personally, we think that the ones that have a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese are the best.

 

Here are my four favorites and what I use all the time because they are affordable and delicious but feel free to try any of the different brands; once you know how to elevate a jarred Alfredo sauce’s flavor, you will not have to worry about which one is the best for you anymore.

Classico: any type of Classico Alfredo sauce is good but my favorite is the four cheese Alfredo or the garlic alfredo sauce. This sauce is rich, creamy and delicious.

Bertolli: Made with aged Parmesan cheese and garlic. This brand is high quality, it’s thick, rich, creamy, and delicious.

Ragu: Made with reel cheese. It’s thick, creamy, and flavorful.

Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Alfredo: The sauce is a little bit light, it’s not thick but tastes very good. 

How to make this recipe

1- Cook the pasta according to the directions written on the package. Do not overcook or undercook the pasta.

2- While the pasta is cooking, heat the skillet on medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Then add the chicken breast. Cook until the meat is done and the water has evaporated. Now transfer the chicken to a bowl and set it aside.

3- Using the same pan, add about 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic, then sauté for about 30 seconds on medium-low heat. Next, add chopped broccoli. Cook for about 2 minutes until the broccoli is soft and tender. Then add green peas. Sauté for about one minute. 

4- Now,  pour in the Alfredo sauce, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. Then season with black pepper and let simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.

4- Lastly, mix in the cooked chicken and pasta, mix well, and remove from the stove. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley and more shredded parmesan cheese. Serve and Bon Appetit!

We have lots of easy pasta recipes on our blog for you to try. Have you tried our Easy chicken Alfredo with store-bought sauce yet or this Creamy shrimp pasta without wine recipe? 

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Easy Penne Pasta With Store-bought Alfredo Sauce

This easy Penne pasta with store-bought Alfredo sauce is perfect if you are short on time. You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes, and it's super easy, too. Not only that, this recipe is affordable, deliciously creamy, and perfect for any occasion.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner., Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Box Penne pasta 12 Oz (340g)
  • 1 lb Chicken breast Cubed
  • 1 Jar Alfredo sauce Any brand
  • 4 Tbsp Olive oil Devided
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy cream
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp Black pepper
  • 3 Garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Green peas Can be substituted with frozen green peas
  • Chopped parsley and shredded Parmesan cheese Optional. For garnishing

Instructions
 

  • 1- Cook the pasta according to the directions written on the package. Do not overcook or undercook the pasta.
    2- While the pasta is cooking, heat the skillet on medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Then add the chicken breast. Cook until the meat is done and the water has evaporated. Now transfer the chicken to a bowl and set it aside.
    3- Using the same pan, add about 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic, then sauté for about 30 seconds on medium-low heat. Next, add chopped broccoli. Cook for about 2 minutes until the broccoli is soft and tender. Then add green peas. Sauté for about one minute. 
    4- Now,  pour in the Alfredo sauce, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. Then season with black pepper and let simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.
    4- Lastly, mix in the cooked chicken and pasta, mix well, and remove from the stove. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley and more shredded parmesan cheese. Serve and Bon Appetit!

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Notes

Feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables to the recipe. You can also substitute the chicken breast with rotisserie chicken or any other meat. Shrimp goes very well with this recipe.
 
 
Tips for making store-bought alfredo sauce better
 
Add extra grated cheese: No matter what types of jarred alfredo sauce you bought, adding extra grated cheese will elevate your dish and give it additional flavors. The best cheese to use is grated Parmesan cheese. Our favorite is this grated Parmesan and Romano cheese.  They taste so good, and they go very well with other recipes also.
Add more cream: We use heavy cream. It elevates the sauce and makes it thicker, creamier, and won't dry the pasta. Using the cream is optional, but if you want your dish to be creamier and better, we recommend using it. If you don't have cream, you can substitute it with milk and a little bit of butter.
If you want healthier options, Alfredo sauces are already high in fat and calories, so read the nutrition labels to find healthier alternatives. There all kinds of light Alfredo sauce options out there. The cream will increase the calories for sure, but you can add some veggies to this dish to make the dish healthier.
Use fresh garlic:  Many jarred Alfredo sauce already has garlic in it because of its health benefits and tastes but don't stop there; use extra garlic. It adds more flavors to the dish.
Season with black pepper: The spiciness of the black pepper enhances the flavor of the Alfredo sauce. 
Mix the cooked pasta directly into the sauce, not the sauce on top of the pasta: If you mix the cooked pasta inside the sauce, the pasta will better absorb the sauce, and the pasta won't dry, so combine them together.
Don't overcook or undercook the pasta: The Alfredo sauce will taste so much better if the pasta is cooked correctly. Read the instructions written on the box very well to know how long to cook the pasta. And always test taste as it's cooking, so you will see if it needs more time on the stove or not.  This is especially true if you use gluten-free pasta, they are a bit tricky to cook and fall apart easily.  
Cook the meat first: It's best to cook the meat first before you add the sauce. Alfredo sauce can burn fast, so you shouldn't cook the sauce for a long time. 
 
 
 
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Andra

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Very useful tips and a very nice recipe! Thank you!

Jeannie

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love adding fresh garlic in recipes, thanks for the reco’s in finding the best alfredo sauce, pasta is one of my go to quick meal

Emily Flint

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I love the idea of a store-bought sauce but doctoring it up with some homemade touches. This will definitely be happening in my house next week! Easy and delicious,.

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I love your easy to make recipes and tried them on many occasions! And I can’t have enough of watching the videos!!!

Gina Abernathy

I love 30 minute meals. I also made a recipe last week using store bought Alfredo sauce and it was good. There are some good brands on the shelves you just have to find one that suits your tastes.

Gregory Halpen

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Delicious! I love Alfredo sauce. There is some really good store bought brands too. And yes to the extra garlic!

Bobbie

That’s a great idea to make a quick dinner for a week night!

Natasha

Okay this looks beyond amazing!!!! I love quick and easy pasta dishes because they’re always a hit with my entire family!!

Taffy

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Looks extremely good. I love both ingredients. Will make it

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