How to Make 4 Easy Cream Sauces for Noodles

Updated on December 25, 2019
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen. She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share.

Rich Velvety-Smooth Cream Sauce
Rich Velvety-Smooth Cream Sauce | Source

There's nothing nicer than a plateful of noodles topped with a rich cream sauce. Why use cream for making sauce? Cream gives sauces a velvety-smooth texture that is hard to beat. Top your noodles with a delicious cream sauce using one of the four sauce recipes below.

A cream sauce isn't hard to make and is very similar to a white sauce. I believe that knowing how to do this is an essential skill for home cooks. If a person can make a white sauce, they can make a cream sauce. The ingredients and process are nearly identical. Like a white sauce, cream sauce uses just a few ingredients and can be made in minutes. And, no worries, cream does not curdle.

The four recipes in this article can be called on at any time you want to top your noodle dishes. To make any of these sauces, you'll need a whisk to ensure your cream sauce is smooth and free of lumps.

1. Plain Cream Sauce for Noodles

Plain and perfect describes this cream sauce.


  • 2–3 tbsp butter
  • 1–2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup of 18% cream
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Melt 2–3 tbsp butter in a pan.
  2. Whisk in 1–2 tbsp flour.
  3. Add 1 cup of 18% cream + 1/2 cup milk.
  4. Simmer, stirring until thickened. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  5. Top noodles with plain cream sauce and garnish with finely chopped chives and parsley.

Optional: Add cooked crumbled bacon or leftover chopped ham to noodles and stir in to combine and heat before topping with sauce.

2. Chicken Cream Sauce for Homemade Noodles

If you like rich-tasting sauces, you'll love this cream sauce. Using real cream gives this sauce an incredible texture.


  • 2–3 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 2–3 tbsp flour
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of cream (or can milk)
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • dash of parsley or fresh dill


  1. Melt 2–3 tbsp butter in saucepan with 1 clove of crushed garlic.
  2. Whisk in 2–3 tbsp flour.
  3. Add 1 can of chicken broth. Stir until thickened and reduce heat.
  4. Whisk in 1 cup of cream (or can milk).
  5. Season with freshly grated pepper, salt to taste, and a dash of parsley or fresh dill.
  6. Ladle over noodles and dust with freshly grated Parmesan.

Creamy pasta sauce.
Creamy pasta sauce. | Source

3. Mushroom Sauce for Noodles

Brown 1 cup of sliced mushrooms in a pan with real butter and add to cream sauce.

4. Cheese Sauce for Noodles

A basic cheese sauce can be used to top a plate of noodles or macaroni.


  • 2–3 tbsp butter
  • 1–2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup of cream
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese


  1. Melt 2–3 tbsp butter in a pan.
  2. Whisk in 1–2 tbsp flour.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of cream + 3/4 cup of milk.
  4. Simmer, stirring until thickened.
  5. Add 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese.

A bigger batch of cream sauce can easily be made by adjusting the amounts of butter, flour, and cream
A bigger batch of cream sauce can easily be made by adjusting the amounts of butter, flour, and cream | Source

Getting Your Cream Sauce "Just Right"

A bigger batch of cream sauce can easily be made by adjusting the amounts of butter, flour, and cream.

  • If a thinner sauce is desired, simply add more cream.
  • If your cream sauce isn't thick enough, in a separate pan, melt more butter and whisk in more flour, add a little milk or cream; stir until smooth and add in to the original cream sauce.

Sauce-Making Tips

  • Always use real butter and cream
  • Use a whisk to ensure that your sauce is free of lumps
  • Sauce only needs to simmer to thicken (this will prevent sticking and burning)
  • Stir frequently with whisk to prevent sticking

Some people are hesitant to use cream in sauce making, fearing it will curdle. It won't, if you prepare it correctly, following the tips in this article.

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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      7 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh my I love the cream sauces. Thank you much for sharing! I will tweet this!

    • Seafarer Mama profile image

      Karen A Szklany 

      8 years ago from New England

      Yummy hub, Athlyn Green. I will try to make some of these sauces. Voted up, awesome, and bookmarked! Love the layout...and the visuals (pix + videos).

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      8 years ago from Ireland

      Hmm...really tasty and simple...great recipes.

    • Athlyn Green profile imageAUTHOR

      Athlyn Green 

      8 years ago from West Kootenays

      Cream sauces are so easy to make and are so delicious over noodles.

    • Philipo profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Yom Yom. Very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      These sound wonderful, and the instructions are so clear. Thanks for this...I don't make cream sauces, because I don't need the calories! However, next time I'm itching for a sinful treat, I'm going for the mushroom version, and I'm thinking it will be fantastic over boiled cabbage. Yum.


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