Fettuccine Alfredo (Heart Healthy)

Fettuccine Alfredo is one of those ultimate comfort foods...but unfortunately usually packed with fat & calories. This recipe uses lower fat ingredients but still has loads of flavor! Nutmeg is the secret ingredient that perfectly unites all the creamy flavors together. Yum, yum, yum...

I found this in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine. It makes 6 servings.

1 lb spinach fettuccine or linguine (I used whole wheat)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced*
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups fat-free half and half
1/4 tsp each salt, pepper, and ground nutmeg*
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add garlic and cook over low heat for one minute or until fragrant.
Whisk in flour, then slowly whisk in half and half until well combined. Whisk in salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and bring to a boil, whisking frequently (this recipe is a great opportunity to perfect your whisking skills!).
Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
Drain pasta & return to pot. Add sauce and toss to mix and coat.

*Fresh minced garlic is essential for the best flavor!
*I loved the nutmeg but next time I might cut it down to 1/8 tsp or so. Just adjust according to your taste! This is more of a sweet-tasting alfredo.


Jones Family said...

YUM! I made your Steel Cut Oats recipe on here this morning, and they were amazing! It was my first time having those oats. They filled me up for most of the day. :)

Mary said...

Can't wait to try this!

lorna said...

Does the term "fat-free half and half" seem like an oxy-moron to you?:) Will try this tomorrow!

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