Monday Meal Makeover: Low-Fat Fettucine Alfredo

Alfredo sauce is known for its rich, creamy texture and Parmesan cheese taste. It's also known for being high in fat.

I have prepared a lower fat version of the traditional Alfredo sauce that offers the same delicious taste and texture without the guilt of excessive fat grams.

To reduce fat and cut calories, simply substitute heavy cream with half and half. And I only use a tablespoon of butter to give it flavor.

Enjoy the low fat Alfredo sauce over traditional fettuccine noodles.

What you need:

1 pound fettuccine

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/4 cups half-and-half

3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Cook pasta in a large pot with plenty of water and salt to taste until “al dente.”

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half-and-half, cheese, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat and add pasta, tossing gently to coat.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 427 (31 percent from fat)

Fat: 14.6 grams (saturated 7.8 grams, monosaturated 4.2 grams, polysaturated 1.3 grams)

Protein: 17.2 grams

Carbohydrate: 56.5 grams

Fiber: 2.1 grams

Cholesterol:105 milligrams

Iron: 3.6 milligrams

Sodium: 479 milligrams

Calcium: 245 milligrams

Enzo Febbraro is a well-respected executive chef at the politically acclaimed Washington D.C.-based D’Acqua Ristorante, a place frequented by former First Lady Laura Bush. Enzo graduated from culinary school at the age of 16 and embarked upon a culinary tour of Europe. He lives with his wife and daughter in Alexandria, Va.