My family affectionately refers to Alfredo sauce as "heart attack on a plate" and with good reason. A single serving can set you back between 600-900 calories and 40-60 grams of fat!!! But, if you're like me, you need a white pasta sauce...oh about once a year. This recipe cuts out the heavy cream and eggs (and thus loads of fat and calories.) It features Neufchatel cheese, a soft cheese that is naturally a bit lower in fat and calories. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any of this so I substituted it with reduced fat cream cheese. I promise this was just as rich and satisfying and I won't be needing any more until next January :-)
- 12 ounces dry fettuccine pasta*
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup reduced fat margarine
- 8 ounces Neufchatel cheese, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large pot of boiling salted water cook fettuccini until al dente. Drain.
- Combine milk, cubed Neufchatel cheese, butter or margarine, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic, and salt. Stir until smooth. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until blended.
- Toss pasta with Alfredo sauce and serve warm.
*I love this pasta from Trader Joe's because the noodles are nice and thick. Delicious!