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This skinny alfredo sauce is heavy on flavor, but light on fat and calories. It comes together in less than 10 minutes, and is perfectly sized for two people. This recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd of 4 or more.
It was almost worth it, I thought to myself as I stared at the inside of the bathroom door.
My love/hate relationship with fettuccine alfredo had landed me another IBS flare. I won’t go into detail, but I was paying the price.
Even though I enjoy eating a healthy diet now, I still have cravings once in a while. Whiskers in my ears from the ghosts of foods past.
But when I give into those cravings, the indulgent ecstasy is short-lived. I trade a few glorious moments of invigorated taste buds for tighter-fitting jeans and what seems like an eternity on the porcelain throne.
It’s not worth it.
What is worth it, is creating the best of both worlds: Something that tastes amazing and doesn’t ruin my figure or my weekend plans.
Enter: My skinny alfredo sauce.
Sauce Gets a Makeover: Alfredo Light
Traditional alfredo sauce is rich, creamy, and flavorful. It usually starts with heavy cream, sometimes butter, and has a slew of parmesan cheese melted in. Freaking delicious!
But for people who have digestive diseases or want to maintain a low-calorie diet, that rich, creamy goodness is probably a no-go.
That being said, we definitely don’t have to relegate ourselves to eating carrot sticks and alfalfa sprouts. It’s possible to sub in some lighter ingredients without sacrificing taste!
I use a combination of ingredients to create skinny alfredo sauce that’s a dead ringer for the real stuff. Light cheese wedges, almond milk, and chicken broth, to be exact. Oh… and I kept the parmesan! I reduced the amount, though. As a result, my skinny alfredo sauce is flavorful, with just a fraction of the fat and calories typically lurking in alfredo.
A Quick Disclaimer
I respect and admire those who have decided that whole or organic foods are best for them. That’s awesome! That’s not my journey though. So, yes, this recipe uses some processed foods. And no, the processed foods in this recipe don’t exacerbate my IBS. ?
Make It: Skinny Alfredo Sauce
This recipe makes 1 cup of skinny alfredo sauce.
- 6 wedges Laughing Cow Light Swiss spreadable cheese wedges
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan and romano cheese (I use the pre-grated kind that comes in a shaker)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the cheese wedges, milk, and chicken broth to a bowl. Microwave or heat over a double boiler until cheese is soft.
- Break cheese wedges up with a wisk. Wisk until well-blended.
- Add grated parmesan and romano cheeses. Wisk ubtil well-blended.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
This quick and easy recipe comes together in minutes. It’s great with pasta or over lasagna. It also works well as an alternative to red sauce on pizza. Finally, it can even be a great dip for vegetables.
My favorite way to enjoy this sauce is on top of my version of farfalle carbonara, with turkey bacon and peas, as shown above. Combine cooked farfalle (Bowtie) pasta with chopped turkey bacon and peas. Top with sauce, and enjoy a light and indulgent-tasting meal!
Our favorite, decadently delicious foods don’t have to be fattening or unhealthy. We can makeover those sinfully tasty dishes by swapping out ingredients and using them wisely.
I hope this light alfredo recipe has inspired you to reimagine some of the indulgent foods you enjoy.
What’s your favorite light recipe for an indulgent dinner? Let me know in the comments below!