Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pasta in Alfredo Sauce ( low-fat version)

Alfredo Sauce is a rich, creamy accompaniment to any pasta. Alfredo sauce is a white sauce, traditionally it was made with butter and Parmesan cheese, but more modernly, and especially in the United States, alfredo sauce also includes heavy cream. In many parts of the world, Alfredo sauce is prepared separately from the pasta. In Italy, the country where these sauces and pastas are originated, Alfredo sauce is not made separately from the pasta. Instead, the ingredients are added to the pasta individually and the whole mixture is tossed to coat the pasta.  

This Alfredo sauce with any kind of pasta is one of my family's favorites. It may not come to the low fat recipe category, but for a special treat you can't beat cheese and pasta together! Once in a while, we deserve some indulgence, right?
In my low fat Alfredo sauce version, I don't add cream, I totally avoid it, instead I use both parmesan and mozzarealla cheese. To substitute the cream, I use flour with milk and it makes this sauce extra creamy but lower in fat.

Pasta (any kind of pasta will go, I used large shell shaped one)
Garlic : 3-4 cloves(big-minced)
Onion : 1(medium-sliced)
Broccoli, potato & peppers : 1 cup(sliced lengthwise)
Parmesan cheese : 1/3 cup(shredded)
Mozzarella chesse : 1/3 cup(shredded)
Milk : 1/3 cup(approx.)
Flour : 3 tblsp.
Salt to taste
Butter/oil : 2 tblsp.

Method :

  • Boil water in some heavy bottomed pan, add salt and pasta. Drizzle little oil while cooking pasta to avoid sticking to one another. Cook until pasta is done, approx. 12-15 minutes. Pasta should not be over cooked, not too soft, not too hard. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat butter or oil in a pan, shallow fry the sliced veggies with salt and set aside. In the same pan, add onions and minced garlic. Saute for a while, but don't let them get brown. Add flour now, stir continuously, when it starts changing colour, add milk. Cook until it thickened. 
  • Now add shredded parmesan and mozzarella cheese little at a time and stir to mix it with the sauce. Before adding cheese, lower the heat to low to avoid burning. 
  • After adding the cheese, add pasta and coat well with the sauce. If you think, the sauce is little thick, add little more milk and adjust the creaminess of the sauce. Add salt and pepper to the pasta according to your taste.
  • Mix well and cook gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring in between, so that pasta can absorb the sauce. 
Serve topped with some extra parmesan cheese, tomato slices and parsley.

Earlier pasta recipe reposting for the event :

Classic Mac n Cheese with vegetables(stove top version)

Sending these pasta dishes to Sowmya for her Cooking with pasta Event.


sowmya's creative saga said...

That looks so creamy and so delicious..thanks a ton for sending a yummy recipe for my event..

Suma said...

Give me cheesy pasta any time of the day.. delicious!!

Priya said...

Pasta dish makes me hungry dear, thanks for sharing this low fat version, my kid's favourite..

sayantani said...

I love pasta in any form thats my altime comfort food. looks lovely and the tag low fat makes me hungry.

Tina said...

Creamy and yummy yummy...

shanthi said...

This is cheesy and creamy

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

yum dear.

Kamalika said...

I too cook this kind of pasta often..because my daughter loves this dish very much...But never knew the name of the sauce..thanks for lighting up my knowledge....

Suparna said...

wow Indrani...this is the kinda a food am a fan of these days!!
Thanks for sharing ur version
BTW am impressed with all ur bengali curry recipes ...I've made many of them in the last couple of days...during day time I log in and keep staring at ur recipes for hours together..lol
good ones dear

Indrani said...

Thanks, everyone...........

Indrani said...

DO visit me whenever you need and I'm so happy that you liked my recipes.. If you need any special bengali recipes, just tell me, I'll try to post or give u the recipe

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Rachel Corliss said...

It looks so yummy. I gonna try this at my home. You made so easy for me. Thanks

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