Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Recipe Refresh: Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

If you're anything like me, you like a good bowl of pasta. It's an easy "go-to" recipe that pleases the whole family. The down side? Pasta is usually loaded with calories and fat. But don't let that stop you from trying this recipe, friends. This low-cal fettuccine alfredo is a perfect solution for that pasta craving because it's half the calories and fat as your everyday alfredo recipe - but still just as tasty. And it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo
PREP: 10 minutes           COOK: 15 minutes            READY IN: 25 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Neufchatel or fat-free cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 ounces fettuccine, cooked


  1. Melt the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until the garlic is soft. About 1 minute.
  2. Add the flour and cook for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon. 
  3. Whisk in the milk and 1 tsp salt, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the cream cheese and parmesan; whisk until melted. Stir in the chopped parsley. 
  5. Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine. When fully cooked, drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. 
  6. Pour the sauce and 1/2 cup cooking water over pasta. Toss. Season with salt and pepper. 


    1 cup serving    490 calories   15 g fat   66 g carbs    20 g protein    

Original Recipe (Olive Garden)Refresh Recipe
800 calories490 calories
48 g fat15 g fat
69 g carbs66 g carbs
24 g protein 20 g protein

Recipe from Food Network

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