Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lightened-Up Fettuccine Alfredo #SundaySupper

Now you can enjoy your favorite Fettuccini Alfredo without all of the guilt. This Lightened Up Alfredo sauce is still rich and creamy without using any cream and half the cheese!



Ahhhh the holidays are upon us my foodie friends. Time for family, fun, and food (lots of it!), oh and sweatshirts and yoga pants!! By the time New Years Day rolls around my jeans and I are no longer on speaking terms. So this week the Sunday Supper family is bringing you a plethora (oohh lookie me with the fancy words) of lightened up recipes for some of your favorite dishes. So grab that skinny latte and settle in for some tasty guilt free grub!


I love this time of year. The leaves are changing, then the first snow, all while tons of cooking and baking is taking place in my kitchen. Of course Kevin and I can't eat all of it, well we could but...... So my freezer gets packed full, and my family, friends, neighbors, all find themselves with care packages. My son is the one that usually accuses me of trying to make him fat, mind you he still eats everything I give him. But he made me realize that I needed to focus on skinnying down some of our favorite comfort/holiday foods. 

I mean some foods? Forget it. A cookie, is a cookie, is a cookie, and I am going to consume every one of those calories willingly (I am not a big sugar substitute kinda gal). My treadmill will take care of them after the 1st of the year. But there are others that, in my mind, are easy to lighten up without losing the taste. You will find that I substitute fat-free yogurt for sour cream in the majority of my recipes, low fat milk for half and half or cream, and olive oil for butter. 



Once fall hits, pasta is one of my best friends. To me, the best way to enjoy a big bowl of pasta is smothered in rich, creamy Alfredo sauce. You can add chicken, mushrooms, asparagus, whatever you want. But just the basic Alfredo sauce? Umm ya, I could drink it with a straw!

Now, I went along for years turning a blind eye to how many calories this bliss inducing pasta perfection contained. When I finally decided to check...OhhEmmmGeeeee I just about needed a defibrillator. Holy calorie count Batman! OK, are you sitting down? A single......single my friends....serving? Over 1200 calories. I will wait for you to pick yourself back up off of the floor... Are you up now? Ya, so I decided that I was in dire need of a slimmified recipe. Either that or I only eat a serving of this, and nothing else for the day. So, figuring that was never going to happen, this is what happened instead.

Trust me, you will never miss the cream, you will not miss the extra cheese. You will however want to eat the entire pot by yourself. SO make sure you have other people eating. Otherwise you will defeat the whole purpose of the slimification process. Trust me, I know what I am talking about!!


1 year ago - Chicken Biryani
2 years ago - Redneck Eggs Benedict

Lightened-Up Fettuccine Alfredo

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 11/02/2014
Lightened-Up Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock, warmed
  • 1 cup fat free or low fat milk, warmed
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped for garnish

Equipment Used

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions. Reserve a cup of the starchy pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute one minute. Sprinkle in the flour, and whisk for a minute to cook out the raw flour taste.
  3. Slowly add the warm chicken stock and milk, whisking to combine until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for an additional minute until thickened, then whisk in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.
  4. Add drained pasta to the saute pan with the Alfredo sauce. Toss to combine adding some of the pasta water to thin the sauce if needed. Serve topped with chopped fresh chopped parsley.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: pasta, garlic, Parmesan cheese, milk, Healthy Dishes, Italian, Sauces and Spices, #SundaySupper, Main Dishes,

Slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven

More great ways to lighten up your holiday menus:

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Appetizer or starter
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Desserts
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60 comments:

  1. My go to for fast, light and confort food, I just love fettuccine Alfredo.

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  2. Yeeesss pasta!!!! That's my kind of meal! :-)

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  3. Way to lighten up a classic! It still looks perfectly creamy and delicious! My fork is waiting!!!

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    1. Come on over, I will save a plate for you :)

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  4. I am making this ASAP, it looks so good!!

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  5. Will give this a try. I've made another light fettuccine recipe before without much luck, but your recipe looks better. Thanks

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    1. I think you will really like it Chris :)

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  6. I always keep grilled chicken in the freezer - this would make a great meal base - top with the chicken and serve with a salad - meal is done! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes, it is quick and easy without the guilt :)

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  7. I remember the days when I wouldn't blink eating a big plate of fettucine alfredo...but nowadays, I'm thrilled for a delicious lightened up version. YUM!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Liz LOL Now we can eat this and not feel guilty about it!

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  8. Looks creamy and delicious, Bobbi! There's nothing quite like a bowl of pasta with Alfredo sauce on a cold day!

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    1. Yes, it is like a big hug for your tummy!

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  9. Fettucine alfredo has always been a favorite. My mom and I used to make it with tons of butter, heavy cream, and parmesan - yikes! This is so much lighter. I typically make it with cauliflower now - so yummy!

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    1. I have been wanting to ty it that way as well Laura.

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  10. This is a great low-cal version of alfredo...my sister makes a version with reduced-fat cream cheese and chicken stock.

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    1. Hhhmmm I have never used cream cheese, but I know that would be some creamy goodness too!

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  11. You are such an engaging - and funny writer, Bobbi! AND a talented cook to boot! Love this post, recipe and the gal with the golden heart who wrote it =)

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    1. Aaww Kim, you are the sweetest!! I am so glad you like the recipe :)

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  12. Delicious! I love that you lightened up this family favorite!

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    1. Now I can feel better about eating a ton of it!!

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  13. Fettuccine alfredo was one of my favorite things to eat when I was a kid and didn't care about fat or calories... Then I learned... and have stayed away from it ever since, but your lighter version...Now I'm feeling all nostalgic and totally want to go make this!

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  14. It looks so creamy! Wonderful job!

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  15. I grew up addicted to alfredo, this would be a great way to indulge without guilt

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    1. Yes it is nice to not feel bad after I enjoy a big bowl :)

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  16. I love fettuccine alfredo so much, so thank you, thank you for giving us a lighter version!! Yeah, the calorie count on the regular dish is just crazy...

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  17. Oh my...Fettuccini Alfredo is definite comfort food, and holey socks! Yeah, you did a good thing slimming this one!!

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    1. I was a necessary thing for my waistline LOL

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  18. YES. Sorry, I get really excited because fettuccine alfredo has always been my go-to at restaurants and this looks like an awesome new way to make it. Whoo!

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    1. Thanks Ala! Now you can be like me and eat it without feeling horrible about indulging. I am telling you, I have it at least once a week in the fall!!

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  19. I love how you lightened this up but still kept some great flavor in there! Alfredo is one of our favs also so it is great to have lighter alternatives!

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    1. Thanks Shelby. Yes, you really don't miss the fat because all of the traditional Alfredo flavors are still in there.

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  20. Love fettuccine, will have to try this version!

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  21. LOVE that you lightened up one of family's favorites! :) This looks delicious!

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  22. I love the 'jeans and I were no longer on speaking terms"! Hahah! Last year over the holidays I competed in a health challenge and actually lost 10 lbs! It was wonderful!

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    1. Oh girl! I bow to your awesomeness!! I am lucky if I can make it through the holidays and keep it about even!!

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  23. My son loves alfredo sauce, but I rarely serve it because it's so rich. Now there's no excuse to not make it for him! thanks you!

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    1. You are very welcome Renee :) Us sauce lovers gotta stick together!!

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  24. We adore Alfredo sauce on pasta, pizza, as a dip, you name it!! But we only find ourselves indulging a couple times a year because it is so rich in calories. Now we can have one of our favorites more often with your lightened up version! Thanks!!

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    1. Yay!! Yes it is a fabbbbbulous pizza sauce!!

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  25. Love how you lightened this up! It looks delicious.

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  26. LOVE this lightened up recipe! So perfect for pasta lovers like me!!

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  27. Yay!! I always stay away from the Alfredo sauce, but not now that I have a lightened up recipe! Awesome!!

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  28. You had me so curious about this low fat version. I can't wait to try it!

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    1. I really think you will like it! We LOVE it!!!

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  29. I could eat a big plate of this now. I don't care that its only 5:00 am!

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    1. I know what you mean Cindy!! I have a bag of sauce in my freezer right now and could easily warm it for breakfast!!

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  30. Great job lightening up this classic, Bobbi! I'll have to show my husband this recipe and see if he'll make it :) He loves alfredo!

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