Almost Alfredo Sauce

Here is a great dish if you’re trying to become a little more nutrition conscious. It gives your taste buds the taste of Alfredo sauce that you crave, but cuts out a ton of the fat. Please note that this sauce is not thick like Alfredo, so if you’re looking for something that is stick to your ribs, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a favorite, this might fit the bill.

Here’s the basic recipe, however I tend to modify it a lot of different ways…

  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese (I’ve used cottage cheese too)
  • 3/4 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced (or 1/2 tbsp dried)
  1. Put all of the ingredients, except the parsley and basil (if using fresh), into a food processor; process until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan.
  3. Stir in the parsley and basil.
  4. Stir the mixture over low heat, just until warm (Do not let the sauce come to a boil).
  5. Toss the sauce with hot, freshly cooked pasta in a large pot over low heat.
  6. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

If made as written, this dish has 57 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of saturated fat, 190 mg of sodium and 12.4 mg of cholesterol. Not bad at all!

I usually add additional items to the sauce like fresh spinach, leftover chicken, mushrooms, etc. Last night, I decided to add fresh spinach and then a few spoonfuls of deli fresh salsa on top. Thanks to my daughter for that idea! It was so good that my husband asked to take the leftovers to work for his lunch. The salsa added a great level of freshness and boosts the nutritional level with very little calories.

A note: If you decide to use cottage cheese, your sauce will be more watery and the cheese will separate, leaving little “clumps” of curd. We like that. You may not. Also, if you decide to use any additional ingredients, or alter the ingredients, the nutritional value will change. Freshly grated parmesan cheese is best, but if you don’t have any…use the stuff in the green can.

Hope this helps someone on their path to a healthier lifestyle. It sure has helped us!

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About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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7 Responses to Almost Alfredo Sauce

  1. Loving your blog! I’m passing you the Kreativ Blogger! Link and explanation here: http://recreationsproject.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/kreativ-blogger-yippee/

    • Thank you so very much!! I just returned home after zero sleep last night, an emergency foster placement at 2 this morning and on my way to my favorite past time (coupon swap), my husband called to tell me his truck died on the highway and I had to go rescue him. Needless to say, this made my day! I’ll be posting about it on Thursday, after I survive a day of shopping with my mother and cleaning out my coat closet. :-/ Thanks again so much!

  2. This sounds really clever. I wonder if you withheld the butter from the food processor then used it with some flour to make a rue before adding the processed ingredients if you could get it to thicken? Just thinking out-loud…

  3. Oh and I totally added this to my Healthy Cooking Pinboard – yum!

  4. Sounds great! I like alfredo sauce a little less thick anyway. I have some ricotta in the fridge and am always trying to think of what is next for dinner, so I am going to try this tomorrow night.

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