Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

Here’s one classic pasta dish that won’t wreck your new years resolution. This version of the classic fettuccine alfredo is lightened by using half-and-half thickened with cornstarch for the heavy cream and butter. Traditional fettuccine alfredo recipes can have as much as 600 calories and 45 grams of fat, but not this recipe! :) By substituting half and half for heavy cream you save yourself hundreds of calories and over 30 grams of fat! Fresh pasta is the best choice for this recipe since fresh pasta is more porous than dried (meaning that the pasta will hold on to the creamy sauce). You can find fresh pasta in most refrigerated sections of the grocery store. If you cannot find fresh pasta, dry pasta can be used, however, the dried noodles don’t hold on to the sauce as well. Surprise your family with this rich and creamy pasta, I promise they won’t even know it is lightened!

Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

Yield: 4 servings (300 calories per serving)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup half-and-half, divided
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
9 ounces fresh fettuccine or 8 ounces dry fettuccine
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated fine (about 1 cup)
Ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large pot bring 6 quarts water to a boil. Using a ladle, fill four individual serving bowls with about 1/2 cup of the boiling water each; set the bowls aside to warm.
In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of the half-and-half, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup half-and-half together, then whisk it into the simmering mixture. Continue to simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Cover and remove from heat.
Stir 1 tablespoon salt and the fresh pasta into the boiling water and cook, stirring constantly, until al dente, 1 to 2 minutes (about 12 minutes for dry pasta). Reserving 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta.
Return the half-and-half mixture to medium-low heat and whisk in 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. Slowly whisk in the Parmesan. Add the pasta and cook, coating the pasta evenly with the sauce, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Season with pepper to taste. Working quickly, empty the serving bowls of water, divide the pasta among the bowls, and serve immediately.

 

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14 Responses to “Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 5, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    this looks absolutely amazing and so delicious!!

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    Karista — January 5, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Christina, I wake up every morning looking forward to seeing what you’ve cooked up for the day! Love this!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 5, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    That still looks great. Sorry, I hear lighter with certain dishes, not all, and think, hmmm. But this still looks creamy and rich too.

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    Chica Andaluza — January 5, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Looks really creamy and saucy – which is how I like mine!

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    ChgoJohn — January 5, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I love my recipe but it is full of calories and fat — and I make it very rarely, as a result. I’ll gladly make this more frequently if it is as good as it looks. Fingers crossed …

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    Judy — January 5, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Mmm, love Alfredo! Putting together my monthly meal plan and that sounds great for the menu. I might even be warm enough to grill some chicken to top it off :)

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    neisha — January 5, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    yum, this looks really good!

    P.S. I love how your posts show what recipe was posted a year ago…gives me two recipes to look at :)

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    Marcee .... ILLINOIS — January 5, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Looks soooo good and hearty. Especially in these cold temps.

    Not difficult to prep sauces that have lower fats. I use cottage cheese + skim milk w/spinach noodles. Sometimes we mix em up. Red pepper flake & good parm cheese give pasta fab flavors! Any veggies pair perfect w/this yummy dish.

    Time for dinner!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — January 5, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Oh wow, that looks amazing!

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    Cathy @ Savory Notes — January 5, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    This is brilliant! I cant wait to try it!

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    heather @ new house, new home, new life — January 5, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Fettucini Alfredo has got to be one of my favorite pasta dishes. And I steer away from it because of the calories. This is an excellent option for lightening it up. Thanks.

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    Shannon from Healthiful Balance — January 6, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Mhmm, that looks deeelish! :)

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    Alexis @ There She Goes — January 6, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    great idea to lighten this up my favorite naughty dish!

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    The Orange Bee — January 11, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    A favorite of my husband and teenager! I’m a fan of using 1/2 & 1/2 in cream sauces too – my diners never know the difference but their hearts do!

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