Alfredo di Lello, the Roman restaurateur who created his signature sauce in the 1920s, might be startled to find this streamlined version that still tastes rich enough to satisfy those deep creamy-pasta cravings. The addition of zucchini boosts the nutritional profile. And when cut into thin strands, it can be twirled gracefully on a fork

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Combine broth and garlic cloves in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the garlic cloves are soft, about 15 minutes.

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  • After the garlic has simmered about 10 minutes, cook fettuccine in the boiling water, stirring often, for 8 minutes. Drop in zucchini and cook until the fettuccine is just tender, about 1 minute more.

  • Meanwhile, transfer the garlic and broth to a blender. Process until the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. (Use caution when blending hot liquids; see Tip.) Return the mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture; whisk it until slightly thickened, about 15 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in sour cream, nutmeg and pepper. Return the pot to very low heat to keep the sauce warm. (Do not boil.)

  • Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan; toss to coat well. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately, passing the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan separately.

Tips

Tips for Two: Leftover canned broth keeps up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broth in aseptic packages keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces, stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them from drying out.

Pureeing hot liquids: Hot liquids can splatter out of a blender when it's turned on. To avoid this, remove the center piece of the lid. Loosely cover the hole with a folded kitchen towel and turn the blender on. Better airflow will keep the contents from spewing all over the kitchen--and yourself.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 10.8 g total fat; 5.7 g saturated fat; 32 mg cholesterol; 772 mg sodium. 398 mg potassium; 55.6 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 18.6 g protein; 717 IU vitamin a iu; 15 mg vitamin c; 51 mcg folate; 314 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 104 mg magnesium;

Reviews (21)

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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2017
Unfortunately my sauce never thickened so it was quite soupy. Although I liked the flavors of this dish and truly enjoyed the zucchini this really doesn't substitute for a real FA. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2014
Major Flop This did not turn out for me. The taste texture and appearance was very poor. In fact it was so bad I didn't even serve it to my family. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2013
Picky boyfriend actually liked this! My BF does not eat much aside from pretty plain meat corn green beans. He does not like herbs spices and seasonings as a general rule. I was very shocked when he tried a very small portion of this and then went back for seconds! He even ate the zucchini which he claims to NOT like. I had some trouble with the broth evaporating a great deal before the garlic was done. I ended up adding another 1/4 cup of broth to make up the difference. I think I'll try mincing my garlic next time to speed up the simmer time and save the broth. I will definitely be making this again! I am on Weight Watchers and I absolutely love Fettuccini Alfredo and have been really bummed about not being able to eat more than about a 1/4 cup of it and not feeling very satisfied. This was a fabulous substitute! I didn't feel cheated at all and ate the full serving! Pros: Healthy Very Tasty! Excellent Subsitute! Cons: Had difficulty with the broth boiling out before the garlic was done. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2013
My picky kids loved it! I was a little nervous about making this dish. My kids turn their nose up at anything green so I wasn't sure if the zucchini would pass the kid test. I have been making regular fettuccine alfredo for years so I thought my family would be begging for the real thing back. To my surprise my whole family loved it!!! My 7 yr old literally licked his bowl clean! I have been trying to find traditional foods made into healthier versions this recipe really hits the mark! I added grilled chicken to make it a whole meal. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/23/2013
I added some sliced button mushrooms to give it a little more umph!! It was pretty good. I would make it again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/16/2013
Not a great substitute for the real thing. It's a good try but it just doesn't come close to real fettucine alfredo. Not sure you can do real FA in a healthy way but this doesn't really do it. Pros: Good for you with the zucchini Cons: Doesn't satisfy the fettucine alfredo jones Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
Yummy! I also used a garlic press instead of the whole cloves; MUCH easier! I actually used more garlic and black pepper...we added poached boneless chicken breast and had a FABULOUS meal! OMGosh we haven't eaten Fettuccine Alfredo in 7 years and this was better than any we remember having!! Really a very delicious dish! Oh and I also splurged on some really great Italian Parm/Reggiano (didn't use the pre-shredded stuff). Great flavor & mouth feel!! Pros: Easy delicious low-cal Cons: Basic recipe needed tweaking... Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2012
Picky toddler liked it! Overall delicious recipe. My picky toddler loved it and that was the whole reason I tried this recipe. Next time I would adjust the spices to provide more flavor. Pros: Easy quick kid-friendly Cons: Needs more flavor for adults Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2012
The Picture Is Not Whole Grain Fettuccine If you're going to tout the healthy whole grain pasta why show a picture of the less healthy but tastier white pasta? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2012
I haven't tried this recipe but I would simply zest the garlic clove into the broth before cooking and eliminate the blender step. Easier clean up and no blending hot liquids. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/29/2012
Very Yum! This was nice and easy to make (directions are a little vauge though). It was creamy and filling enough to satisfy my craving for this normally unhealthy dish. Since I don't really eat chicken I added Quorn tenders and it was perfect! Pros: Creamy & Satisfying Cons: Didn't read the blender tip. Make sure to read that!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/12/2012
average the first two steps were fairly confusing to follow after i re-read it 4/5 times...and in the end it was just dry... but it was warm so i ate it... Pros: it was warm and i ate it Cons: it was average and difficult to follow Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
Enjoyed very much! I just made this for dinner and my family (including my 3 year old) loved it. I added some mushrooms and bacon that I needed to use up and I also used plain greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
A wonderful healthy twist to the inner fat-kid favorite. My husband and I loved this and will make again frequently. Pros: Fast and easy Cons: Needs a bit more flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Really delicious...a great way to get the kids to get some more veggies in without them knowing. I added some chicken to make it more of a meal and it was great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My family of 5 which includes 3 hungry boys (2 teens & a preteen) enjoyed this recipe- which means a lot since they all LOVE the real thing. I didn't have zucchini on hand but I added some chicken and salt. They also voted for rigatoni so I used that. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was really yummy! I didn't have sour cream so I substituted by using fat free plain yogurt and it worked well! Made twice the amount since I have a family of 4. Being the only vegetarian in the home my entire family LOVED it! Will make this again for sure! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I couldn't believe how good this was! And Easy. I added some shrimp so that bumped up the calories a little and used Greek yogurt in place of the FF sour cream. My BF couldn't believe that it was a healthy recipe. And neither could I!. Give it a try you won't regret it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
My husband & I loved this! Unfortunately I used my new blender for the first time and got hot liquid all over myself and the kitchen. I also did not have corn starch and used a flour and water mixture. It needed a lot of salt as well. But it was sooo good! Oh my gosh. I love it so much! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Mimics alfredo sauce This is an excellent light sauce. I have an easier way to make it--forget the blender. Start out by pressing the garlic in a garlic press add to the broth and cook for about five minutes. Then stir in the cornstarch mixture and thicken. Finally take off the heat and whisk in the cheese and finally the light sour cream. If this stands too long it will "thin out." If that happens to you--as it did to me--add another 2 tablespoons of cornstarch thinned in water and GENTLY simmer until the sauce thickens. I did not make the rest of the recipe although it sounds great. I used the sauce for spinach pasta that I bought at the store. Pros: easy to make Cons: sauce separates when it stands Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
EatingWell does it again! I made the sauce but ate it with broccoli and a grilled chicken breast instead of the zucchini. It was delicious. I will definitely make again. Pros: Very close to the "real" thing (i.e. same flavor less fat). Cons: Not great the next day (though still okay). Read More