Yesterday, another foodie friend/co-worker, aka Amy, shared with me a recipe she found for a skinny fettuccine alfredo. She sent me a text message the night before raving over it and promising to share in the goodness. I’ve always been a skeptic of skinny alfredo sauces because they’re either not really skinny or they don’t taste anything like alfredo sauce. But… she and I have VERY similar tastes so I trusted her gut (literally, LOL!).
Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo
8 oz. whole wheat pasta (use any shape you desire)
8-10 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
3 tsp. olive oil
3 tsp. corn starch
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 handfuls baby spinach, roughly chopped
In a large sauce pan cook pasta to al dente.
While pasta is cooking, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray. Cook chicken and 1 clove garlic until almost done. Before chicken is fully finished add mushrooms and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are softened. Remove from pan and set aside.
While chicken is cooking stir together cornstarch and broth to make a slurry.
After removing the chicken and mushrooms, return the pan to the heat and add the olive oil. Saute remaining garlic for about 30-40 seconds in the oil until it becomes fragrant. Add the slurry to the pan and bring to a bubbling simmer. Whisk occasionally while it thickens. Add cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
Remove the pan from heat and add the yogurt. Stir to combine completely until smooth. Add spinach and and chicken and mushroom mixture. Stir until the spinach wilts. Add pasta and toss until completely coated.
This stuff was OFF THE HOOK!
I loved it. Grady tried it and he even thought it was pretty amazing.
I really like that you can EASILY make this a vegetarian meal by switching to vegetable broth and subbing in other fun veggies instead of the chicken. …and if you’re on a low/no carb diet use a spaghetti squash instead of the pasta.
Want to know something funny? I messed up a few measurements, adding 2 TBSP of oil and cornstarch each rather than 2 tsp like the original recipe called for. I had to thin the sauce out with a little extra broth, but in the end the calorie count was still at 439 with the extra fat. TOTALLY reasonable.
Here’s the skinny on the CORRECT measurements. The recipe yields 4 (LARGE) servings, each serving is as follows: 389 calories, 9g fat, 43g carbs, (5g fiber), 39g protein and 871mg sodium.
I absolutely LOVE how protein packed this dish is!!! The combination of the yogurt and chicken give this meal its power punch! It will keep you satisfied and full. The best part… no butter, no heavy cream and ALL the flavor!!!
Give it a try. You won’t regret it. …and get crazy and creative with your veggies. (I’m adding steamed broccoli next time!!!)
Peace, love and alfredo heaven!!!