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Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

It might not look like I’m trying to eat healthier after last week’s Argentinean-Style Grilled Short Ribs With Chimichurri, but I really am. I haven’t given up “bad” foods, but I have greatly reduced them to occasional treats. That’s why this week’s Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo recipe jumped out at me. It’s a healthier version of pure comfort food, and I’m all for that! But can it be nearly as good as the real thing without butter or cream? I sure hope so!

Only 500 calories a serving and tastes just as good as the original! Best of all this recipe ready in less than 20 minutes!

Recipe Author: Kelley Simmons at Chef Savvy
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The Ingredients

I had some shopping to do for my Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo, but the ingredients were all easy to find basics. I had the basics like salt, pepper, and flour, but that was it. I had to shop for everything else, including 1% milk. I don’t keep dairy milk around, but the unsweetened vanilla almond milk I always have just wouldn’t have done it for this recipe!

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo Ingredients
Fettuccine, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, lemon juice, 1% milk, flour, chicken broth, and black pepper

The Process

I haven’t had fettuccine Alfredo in ages, and I don’t think I’ve ever made it. New recipes can be a little anxiety-inducing, but this one really was easy. Here’s how my time was spent:

  • 11 minutes to prep
  • 8 minutes to cook
  • 19 minutes total

In this case, prep work includes prep work done before and after cooking. Things like measuring ingredients, mincing the garlic, and juicing the lemon were done before the cooking began. After cooking prep includes tossing the cooked pasta in the Alfredo sauce, seasoning, and garnishing.

I absolutely loved that this recipe was so quick! I put the pasta water on to boil, prepped the ingredients, and go cooking. Being able to let the pasta boil on the back burner while I made the Alfredo sauce really sped things along.

The “work” in this recipe was the Alfredo sauce, and that was really just a lot of stirring. A large nonstick saute pan provided plenty of room to make the sauce and stir in the fettuccine plus made cleanup easy.

I used a large saute pan to make the alfredo sauce
I used a large saute pan to make the Alfredo sauce

So how was it?

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Can fettuccine Alfredo be lightened up and still taste like the real thing? Yes! I really wasn't sure if it was possible, but this Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo did it. Even without butter and heavy cream, the sauce was thick and rich tasting. Yes, I could tell there wasn't any butter in it, but I didn't miss it all that much. And I sure didn't miss the fat and calories that come with it! Making this dish was so fast and easy, and I had mine on the table in 19 minutes. I couldn't have been happier, and I will be making this recipe again for sure.
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