Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Easy Yummy Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce

While I love Mexican food (I could eat queso dip for BL&D), I've always had a spot in my tummy for Alfredo Sauce. The bad side to it--it's enormous fat and calorie content! When B and I go to Olive Garden we order a side of it for our bread sticks and refer to it as our "lard boat." I never order the whole dish, it's just a gut bomb.

I came across this recipe and thought, "Hey, that looks like it'd be good." So I made a few modifications and came up with my version. It was divine!! Tons of flavor and yummy texture too. I love it with Dreamfield's Rotini.

Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce
adapted from Our Best Bites

1/2 C skim milk
1/8 C reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 C fat free evaporated milk
1 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t dried basil
1/2 Tbsp butter
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 C Parmesan cheese

  1. Toss the milk, cream cheese, flour, pepper, basil and salt in a large cup and process with an immersion blender (or regular blender). Process until smooth and set aside.
  2. In a pan, melt butter on med heat and add garlic. Let the garlic saute for about 30 seconds, you don't want to burn it. It should be nice and bubbly.
  3. Then add milk mixture to the pan. Stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes or until it just comes to a simmer. Keep stirring and let it cook for a few minutes more. It should be much thicker now. When it's nice and thick (it's almost as thick as a normal Alfredo sauce) remove the pan from the heat. Add the cheese, stir it up. Let stand for at least 5 minutes before using. It will continue to thicken upon standing. Add additional garlic powder to your taste.
  4. Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and enjoy!
(I hate the flash on my food, I swear it's not cafeteria food)

I can't believe I wasn't being bad...until my second helping. Hey that's spinach salad on that plate so I consider that nutritious.


Melissa Miller said...

Sounds like a great and healthy variation Risa. Alex loves alfredo sauce and breadsticks at OG too. I'll have to try this better way soon. Thanks for sharing!

~Happy Halloween! ~Melissa :)

Karleen said...

I LOVE alfredo sauce but rarely order it because I know it goes straight to my thighs!!! I can't wait to try your heathier version. Thanks for sharing!

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog, congratulations
regard from Reus Catalonia
thank you

Karine said...

It indeed looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Elise said...

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Marsha's Mpressions said...

I agree. It's nutritious and looks good too! Happy Halloween!

Bobbi Jo said...

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...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

My husband and I are both Alfredo fans! This recipe sounds wonderful, and I'll have to give it a try!