Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

I think by now, we all know that I love some carbs. Specifically pasta. Why do the carbs have to be so good but so bad?! Well I was in the kitchen attempting to make a lighter version of fettuccine alfredo without the heavy cream. I think it turned out pretty good!


What you need:

whole wheat fettuccine noodles

2 cups of skim milk

2 tablespoons of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese

2-4 garlic cloves, depending on how garlic-y you like your pasta

pinch of nutmeg to taste

pinch of salt to taste

fresh ground black pepper to taste

freshly shredded parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup)

grated parmesan cheese (about 1-2 tablespoons)

What you do

1. Boil water and cook noodles to package

2. Combine the garlic and milk in a saucepan and stir on low heat the entire time it takes for the water to boil and the noodles to cook. This is about 20 minutes.

3. Right before the noodles are done, add the freshly ground pepper, salt and nutmeg to the milk/garlic mixture.

4. Whisk in the cream cheese, and both types of parmesan cheese.


5. Place the fettuccine noodles in a bowl, add the sauce mixture, stir and serve immediately. (Pasta gets cold fast!)


On the menu this week:


Salads, veggies, fruit and natural peanut butter with pretzel crackers



Spicy Healthy Sloppy Joes and Light Potato Salad (recipe to come soon!)

Leftover Healthy Baked Ziti

Fitness Goals:

Focus T25 – Week 1 (Starting over since I had to take a few weeks off.)

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  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda January 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    i make something similar and i also throw in chopped sundried tomatoes and 1/4 cup pesto!! yum!!

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Anna January 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I do love me some fettuccine!! I will have to remember this because you could add so much to this and make different versions!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I’m not the hugest alfredo fan, but MFD would like this I think!

  • Reply Kate January 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Looks delicious! I am always looking for ways to cut down the carb/fat content on pasta dishes!

  • Reply jackie January 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    this sounds soooo awesome. I love fettucine alfredo but I know it’s not the most healthy option. I’ve been eating more whole wheat pasta lately so I don’t feel as guilty. if you have it with sauce, you really don’t notice much of a difference!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • Reply Amanda January 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Yum, yum! This sounds and looks TASTY! I love me some pasta and ESPECIALLY love fettucine alfredo!

  • Reply Amber January 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I need to try this. My husband says the jar alfredo sauce is too rich for him. This might sit in his stomach better.

  • Reply Jessica S. January 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    yummmm! I am def trying this!!!

  • Reply Stephanie January 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    One of my favorite ‘off limit’ foods! I love this, ‘lighter’ is so genius. Thanks!!

  • Reply Rachelle January 22, 2014 at 1:25 am

    This looks delish. We just had fettucini alfredo last night for dinner. When I was single (like, a LONG time ago!) I would make a giant pot of it and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. It wasn’t nearly as healthy as yours though 🙂 I just tell myself – eat your carbs tonight then work out like crazy in the morning. Carb loading!

  • Reply Karly Kim January 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Pasta is my biggest weakness. This looks delicious!

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