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Creamy goodness, without the calories. Try our tastier, healthier fettuccine Alfredo

By Jessie Price, February 23, 2009 - 3:36am

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Almost any pasta qualifies as comfort food in my book. Give it a rich creamy sauce and plenty of cheese and we’re talking heaven. The problem is creamy, cheesy pasta dishes are tough on the waistline. Pasta on its own has plenty of calories—about 180 calories in a 2-ounce serving. Add a creamy sauce and you’ve just created a calorie bomb. Not to mention that those creamy sauces are normally full of saturated fat. (It’s best to keep sat. fat to a minimum for a healthy heart.)

The good news is that there are ways to “fix” creamy pasta dishes. And that’s just what we did with fettuccine Alfredo. Here are the changes we made:

* Swap whole-wheat pasta for regular pasta to increase fiber.
* Cut out heavy cream and butter to reduce calories and saturated fat.
* Instead make a creamy sauce with broth, thickened with cornstarch and reduced-fat sour cream.
* Add thinly sliced zucchini to add nutrients and bulk up the dish with minimal calories.
* Use plenty of Parmesan cheese since that’s where a lot of the good flavor comes from!

See our healthier version of fettuccine Alfredo.

(If Alfredo’s not what you had in mind, check out our healthy pasta recipes or try one of my favorites like Bean Bolognese, Spaghetti alla Carbonara or Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans.)

Get the recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

What are your favorite pasta dishes? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Jessie Price, Healthy Cooking Blog

Jessie Price
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.

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