Zucchini Alfredo – 5 Points +

Zucchini Alfredo

I really enjoy Italian food. There is a wonderful flavor that comes from all of those fresh onions, tomatoes, herbs and garlic. One of the foods that’s always a little bittersweet for me is fettuccine alfredo. It’s wonderful – don’t get me wrong. But it’s so high in calories (not to mention the fat!) that it’s hard to really enjoy it. I searched for weight watchers alfredo, but the first one I found was one that had been altered to be healthier – and it was still 12 points +! That was never going to work, so I came up with this one instead. It’s still rich and delicious, but it’s got a little twist. Instead of noodles (which are so high in carbohydrates that everything else pretty much doesn’t count), I used a spiralizer to slice zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just thinly slice zucchini into fettuccine sized pieces. I was pleasantly surprised that this alfredo makeover tasted really delicious.

Zucchini Alfredo

A “makeover” Alfredo using zucchini noodles and a lightened Alfredo sauce that is still rich and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp sage
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 zucchini, spiral cut into noodles

Instructions

  1. Saute the garlic and sage in the olive oil for 1 – 2 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth, half and half, pepper and nutmeg.
  4. Bring the sauce to a low boil, stirring continuously.
  5. Lower the heat to a simmer.
  6. Stir in the cheese and zucchini noodles.
  7. Cook for 2 minutes (don’t overcook the zucchini noodles).
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with additional thyme leaves and Parmesan cheese (if desired).

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Italian

Calories: 173

Fat: 11.7

Protein: 8.8

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is about 1 cup (half a zucchini with sauce).

Each serving = 5 Smart Points/5 Points +

PER SERVING: 173 calories; 8g fat; 5.3g saturated fat; 18g carbohydrates; 4.5g sugar; 20g protein; .5g fiber

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Comments

  1. I am also wondering about the sage! Thanks!

  2. When does sage go in and fresh or dried please? Tx!

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