Ah, pasta night, how we love thee! The only problem is that with the wrong ingredients, pasta night can go from oh-so-delicious to oh-so-fattening. With this homemade lightened up Alfredo sauce, you can abandon the guilt that comes along with pasta night altogether!
- It's best to serve this sauce immediately after making it. If you do choose to refrigerate it, it will solidify. However, you can reheat it in a sauce pan and melt it back down into sauce form.
- For the smoothest texture, you can even blend the sauce in a blender after cooking it if you want to ensure no whole pieces of shallot to be present. Otherwise, be sure to do a very fine mince.
- It's pictured below over 12 ounces of whole-wheat pasta, but there are tons of other options as well. Check out our Creamy Mac and Alfredo recipe or our Chicken Alfredo Pizza recipe!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: ¼ cup
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon shallot, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 ounces ⅓-less-fat cream cheese
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook the shallots and garlic until the shallots are soft and the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the flour and cook for about 30 seconds, until the butter, shallots, and garlic become a thick paste.
Whisk in the milk and continue whisking for about 2 minutes, until the milk begins to thicken.
Stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and salt and stir until the cheeses melt, for about 2 minutes.
Per Serving: (¼ cup)
Calories from fat: 67
Saturated Fat: 6g
3.1 The nutrition content of recipes on Popculture.com have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.