Pasta With Lighter Alfredo Sauce
I love Fettuccine Alfredo but don't like the excessively full feeling after eating it, which
is largely attributed to the heavy cream in the sauce. The recipe here substitutes
evaporated milkfor heavy cream, which far reduces the fat content and therefore makes
the Alfredo sauce less excessively filling. This recipe also usesgarlic to add little more
flavor,zucchini or yellow squash for freshness and an optional shot of balsamic vinegar
for an added rounding out zing. All together, this pasta with lighter Alfredo sauce recipe
provides full-on flavor that tastes at least as good as standard Fettuccine Alfredo without
the added heaviness.
So here's the lowdown onHeavy Cream vs. Evaporated Milk.
Ounce for ounce,heavy cream has 100 calories, evaporated milk has 40 calories. That
means heavy cream has 2 ½ times more calories than evaporated milk. All the 100
calories in that 1 ounce of heavy cream are attributed to fat; only half or 20 calories in
evaporated milk are attributed to fat. Regarding fat content itself, 1 ounce of heavy cream
contains 10 grams of fat, while 1 ounce of evaporated milk contains 2 grams of fat.
That's a 5 to 1 difference.
Here are the ingredients you'll need for 2 people as a main dish or 4 people as a side dish:
(for 2-4 people)
½ Box or 8 Ounces Pasta
12 Ounce Container of Evaporated (non-sweetened) Milk
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash
1 Garlic Clove
1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
Medium Sized Pot
1. Start by filling a medium sized pot 1/2 - 2/3's full with water. Put the pot on the
stove and warm it over HIGH heat.
2. While thewater warms, pull a garlic clove from a fresh garlic bulb. Crack the
garlic skinby covering the clove with the side of a wide bladed knife and pushing on the
side of the knife blade with the heel of your hand until you feel thegarlic clove break
open. Then peel thegarlic skin, anchor the garlic clove to the cutting board with curled
fingers cut the clove into thin slices and finish by chopping the slices you've made into
3. Rinse thezucchini, cut off the front end of the zucchini but leave the stem still
attached so that you have something to hold onto as you grate thewhole zucchini
coarsely making sure to keep your hand away from the grating blades.
4. When thewater comes to a full, big bubble boil, check the pasta package for the
recommended cooking time and set the timer for 2 minutesless than the time the package
recommends – thepasta will soak up more liquid when the evaporated milk is added
later. The pasta package I used to make this recipe recommended cooking 12 minutes for
firm pasta, so I set the timer for 10 minutes. Also, don't add any salt to the water, as the
pasta package might recommend as you'll get enough salt flavor from the grated
Parmesan cheese. With all that said, now add½ box or 8 ounces of pasta to the
boiling water, start the timer, stir the pasta, and, as soon as the water comes back to a
boil, turn down the stove heat to MEDIUM.
5. While thepasta cooks, put a colander in the sink, use a can opener to open a can
ofevaporated milk, and measure 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
6. When the timer sounds, pour thepasta and hot water into a colander in the sink.
Then use the tablespoon markers on the packaging as a guide to measure and add about1
tablespoon butteror margarine, and top with chopped garlic and shredded zucchini.
Stir and cook until thegarlic becomes fragrant, then pour and stir in a 12 ounce can of
evaporated milk.Let the evaporated milk, garlic and zucchini mixture warm for a
minute or two. Add thecooked pasta, stir and let the pot warm until the pasta mixture
starts to steam. As soon as thepasta mixture starts to steam, turn off the stove heat (to
avoid burning the pot), then add and stir in 1 measured cup ofgrated Parmesan cheese
and keep stirring until thecheese and evaporated milk are smoothly blended together.
This might actually take a little time depending on the coarseness of theParmesan
cheeseyou're using. I used some coarsely shredded cheese recently and had to stir for
about 2 minutes until everything smoothed out. No problem.
7. Add and stir in a light dusting of groundblack pepper and an optional shot of
8. Serve warm and either have as is or topped withadditional grated Parmesan
For visual directions, please visitwww.gotta-eat.com. Click "Free Downloads" from the
bottom of the homepage. Then scroll down to "Pasta" and click "Pasta with Lighter
Alfredo Sauce" for uniquely easy to follow, step-by-step picture book directions.
© 2010 Bruce Tretter