Skinny Fettucini Alfredo

March 3, 2015

I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting many pasta recipes lately. See, I have this problem. It’s a pasta problem: Once I start eating it, I cannot stop—especially if it’s tossed in a rich tomato sauce or creamy sauce with cheese. So, even though my family loves pasta—like loves it—they have been suffering from not-enough-pasta syndrome.

I got complaints. Saw signs of withdrawal. And have even watched them wolf down an excess of pasta while at restaurants where, finally, it was available to them. I was depriving them and, honestly, myself, and have decided that it’s time to deal with my pasta problem.

You probably thinks that means I’m ready to work on some willpower. Well, you’re wrong. At least that’s not my immediate plan. Right now, I’ve decided to think of ways to lighten up my favorite classic pastas like this “skinny” Fettucini Alfredo.

Someone on my One Hungry Mama YouTube channel asked me to share more pasta recipes (doh!) and it was the perfect time to come clean about my problem and share this recipe. Because if I can help just one other person who has a pasta problem too, it’s all worth it.

Skinny Fettucini Alfredo recipe | One Hungry Mama

To lighten this normally heavy dish, I swap flavorful chicken broth and low fat milk for cream, thicken it with a little flour and cut the amount of cheese to give just enough oomph without too much ooeuf, if you know what I mean. And the sauce comes together in less than the 15 minutes that it takes to cook the fettucini.

If you have a pasta problem, you must try this. If you are without a pasta problem, but just love it, try this. If your kids go wild for simple, creamy pasta sauces, try this. You can make them happy and not totally overload yourself while you do it.

Basically, if you’re human, you should try this. And you should also read up on how to cook pasta perfectly. It makes a big difference and I even include instructions on how to pre-cook pasta perfectly so that it’s ready and waiting for you when you get home.

Skinny Fettucini Alfredo
(Can be shared with kids 6+ mos)*
Serves 4

1 lb cooked fettucini pasta (how to cook pasta perfectly)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup broth
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chopped, fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

1. Add oil to a large high-sided pan or skillet big enough to toss the pasta in and, once just hot, add garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes, until garlic is just fragrant, and whisk in flour. Keep mixing until the flour and oil mixture is completely smooth.

2. Add broth and whisk some more. Cook for 30 seconds or so and add milk. Keep whisking to make sure that your sauce stays smooth. Cook for 3 minutes or so, until the sauce thickens (it should part as you drag a silicone spatula through it; see video for visual). Be careful not to thicken the sauce too much since the cheese will also help to thicken it further.

3. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in the Parmesan; keep string until smooth again.

4. Add cooked pasta to the skillet and, using tongs, toss until all of it is well coated. Finish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

*Note: This is a great meal to share with even very early eaters. Just keep in mind that there isn’t much nutritional value in the pasta and sauce alone. If you puree, pulse or chop this for very young children, considering also mixing in veggies. Peas, string beans, spinach, carrots—pretty much most veggies!—will mix in beautifully with this dish.

2 Responses

  1. Joanne says:

    Where are the nutritional facts for this skinny sauce?

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    Joanne: I don’t provide nutritional facts. It’s skinny comparatively speaking. Anyway, no pasta dish, no matter how “skinny” is really all that super skinny, is it?! 🙂 If you use skim milk, though, low fat broth, and just the 1 cup on Parmesan, this will be substantively lower in fat than a classic Alfredo recipe. There are several calculators online that you can use to plug in a recipe and get nutritional info. Here are two: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator, http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. I hope this helps!

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