“Lightened Up” Fettuccine Alfredo

Although it is the ultimate comfort food, fettuccine alfredo does not possess the ideal nutritional profile and from a dietitian’s viewpoint, should only be consumed on rare occasions. I know. I know. Not what you want to hear.

However, what if I told you about a recipe I found for fettuccine alfredo that was slightly more figure friendly?  I found this recipe almost a year ago now at Cooking Light.com and it has been a regular ever since. This “lightened up” version of indulgence is sure to WOW you! They even have a video on their website that demonstrates how to prepare it! I am so excited to share!! The sauce is super creamy and restaurant worthy, in my opinion.  Just incredible. You are in for a treat when you try this recipe!  Please. Try it!! It’s our favorite!!

   I highly suggest having all the ingredients pre-measured if you are cooking by yourself. With constantly stirring the sauce, it’s challenging to try to pour/measure with one hand. Just makes your life easier!
   
    I did not make any alterations to this recipe except for using whole wheat linguine noodles to increase fiber from 2 to 6 grams. I also always try to pair pasta with a green leafy salad. Since we had already used up our fresh salad greens, I went to the freezer and decided to try out Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Broccoli and Cauliflower. You simply place the whole bag in the microwave for 5 minutes and voilà! Perfectly steamed vegetables with no fuss or muss! Awesome!

    Try to add a generous portion of veggies to your plate when you have this dish.  They will fill you up and hopefully keep from luring you back for seconds!  While the fat and calories were lowered, the fettuccine still packs a meal-ful of calories in one serving. So pair it up with a salad or side of vegetables and you have a more well balanced meal!

Confession: of course, I can never resist a good slice of bread! So I baked French bread and ate TWO slices. Um, probably not something I should have shared but because I am not trying to lose weight, I can count the bread as my discretionary calories.  (Okay, so that’s what I’m “supposed” to tell you. I actually ate 3 carrot cake cookies and a chocolate covered cherry earlier in the day and THOSE were my discretionary calories. I told you before…I’m not perfect but at least I got in a great workout and don’t do that everyday!)
“Lightened Up” Fettuccine Alfredo
From Cooking Light.com
Makes 4 servings, 1 cup each

Ingredients
1  tablespoon  butter
2  garlic cloves, minced
1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
1 1/3  cups  1% low-fat milk
1 1/4  cups  (5 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
2  tablespoons  1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2  teaspoon  salt
4  cups  hot cooked whole wheat linguine or fettuccine (8 ounces uncooked pasta)
2  teaspoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Cracked black pepper
Directions
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 6 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream cheese, and salt, stirring with a whisk until cheeses melt. Toss sauce with hot pasta. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley. Garnish with black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 394 (30% from fat), Fat: 13.5g (sat 8g,mono 3.4g,poly 1.1g) ,Protein: 21.3g, Carbohydrate: 44.9g,
Fiber: 6.4g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Iron: 2.1mg, Sodium: 822mg, Calcium: 451mg

Great Leftovers too!!

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