Fettuccine alfredo is notorious for being one of the heaviest Italian pastas. This healthier recipe dramatically lightens the load by making wise (low-fat) dairy choices that don't affect the flavor or texture and skipping the butter altogether. At less than 350 calories per serving, this creamy and comforting dish is a perfect dinner for a special Winter night at home.
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 8 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 pound fettuccine, whole wheat or egg
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
- 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Put a large pot of water on to boil.
- Combine milk and garlic in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer gently until the garlic is tender and the milk has reduced to 1-1/2 cups, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Puree milk and garlic in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return to the pan and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Keep the sauce warm.
- Meanwhile, cook fettuccine until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a warmed large bowl.
- Whisk cream cheese and 1/2 cup parmesan into the sauce. Add to the fettuccine, and toss well. Sprinkle with parsley.
- Serve immediately, passing the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan separately.
- Pasta, Main Dishes