Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo

Fettucine alfredo is a dish my family loves but I rarely make it because it can be a caloric lead balloon.

Until now.

Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo - The creamy and cheesy taste you crave minus the extra fat and calories!! A fast and easy recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights that everyone loves!!

It’s easy, ready in 20 minutes, your family will love it, and no one will miss the empty calories.

Rather than multiple sticks of butter, eggs, and heavy cream, there’s only one stick of butter and I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk.

Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo - The creamy and cheesy taste you crave minus the extra fat and calories!! A fast and easy recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights that everyone loves!!

MY OTHER RECIPES

It’s so irresistibly creamy and thick but with fewer calories than skim milk. I also used it in Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese.

Eating more plant-based protein is a great goal and Silk Cashewmilk or Silk Almond Milk are my milks of choice for baking and smoothies. They’re so low in calories and fat, they’re vegan and dairy-free, andI always get impressive-tasting results. It’s the perfect match between tasty and guilt-free.

Silk Cashewmilk

The recipe halves easily but I make it as written and freeze leftovers in single-serve portions and can pull them out and re-heat at a moment’s notice for impromptu school lunches or planned-leftover-dinners.

Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo - The creamy and cheesy taste you crave minus the extra fat and calories!! A fast and easy recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights that everyone loves!!

Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo

Fettucine alfredo is a dish that can be caloric lead balloon but this version is easy, ready in 20 minutes, your family will love it, and no one will miss the empty calories. Rather than multiple sticks of butter, eggs, and heavy cream, there’s only one stick of butter and I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk. The recipe halves easily but I make it as written and freeze leftovers in single-serve portions and can pull them out and re-heat at a moment’s notice for impromptu school lunches or planned-leftover-dinners.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fettucine noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk (or the milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups parmesan and pecorino romano cheese blend, finely grated (okay to use all parmesan rather than a blend)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain while reserving a small bit of pasta cooking liquid; set pasta and liquid aside.
  2. To a large skillet, add the butter, milk, and heat over medium-low heat to melt while whisking.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and whisk to incorporate.
  4. Turn the heat to low, add the cheese, and whisk until melted. Note that parmesan cheese isn’t an ‘easy-melting’ cheese and it’s okay to see tiny clumps.
  5. Add the pasta and stir to evenly coat. If necessary add a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water to help coat noodles for easier stirring into the cheese sauce. I haven’t needed to do this, but it’s an option in case.
  6. Serve immediately. Recipe is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 4 months. Reheat very gently prior to serving leftovers so cheese doesn’t separate.
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28 comments on “Easy 20-Minute Lighter Fettucine Alfredo”

  1. You know, I still haven’t tried cashew milk! But now that you’ve made fettucine alfredo with it, I feel like the time has come. This looks extremely creamy! And I’m glad the butter stayed. Butter is better! :)

  2. I think fettucine alfredo was one of the first recipes I tinkered around with for substitutions (“light” margarine spread and skim milk back in the fat free 90’s). This looks even better with some real butter and cashew milk!

  3. I haven’t had fettuncine alfredo in ages, but it was one of my favorite dinners growing up.  You’re making me want to make some soon!!

  4. I’ve had a lot of almond milk in my time, but have been dying to try the cashew milk! I bet it make the creamiest Alfredo ever…which is something I have never had in years due to the calorie bomb. And I can have it so close to bikini season you say? WIN. Pinning!

  5. Gah I am so loving your savory recipes Averie! Another one on my list!!

  6. This looks so creamy and yum! I love a lightened-up pasta dish that doesn’t compromise on flavour!! Pinned.

  7. Alfredo with almond milk! I am so intrigued by this recipe and I can’t wait to try it! And I have all the ingredients to make this. 

  8. Fettucine  alfredo is my weakness. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  9. I have been wanting to try this Cashew milk! I bet it was delicious in this fettunice! 

  10. Fettucini Alfredo is my favorite, and this version sounds absolutely delicious! :)

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  11. Such a smart recipe Averie!! Love when my favorite foods can be lightened up :)

  12. Ohhh, is it dinner time yet?
    This savory dish looks so delicious! 

  13. Oh yummy! This dish sounds delicious. I love a lighter Alfredo sauce. Definitely a must try. Why do I ever not eat fettuccine? I am always eating penne pasta :) 

  14. I love instant noodle, I eat every morning before I go to work
    If you like rich, cheesy sauce over pasta then you must try my Alfredo Sauce Recipe. The exact original recipe for world-famous Itailian Sauce remains a secret

  15. Anyone else try this and have their parm congeal into one clump?  Yummy.  But a big clump.

  16. Thanks so much for the recipe! My husband and I just moved to China and I am trying out recipes I am make here to remind us of home! Parm is so hard to find here and very expensive if you do, so I substituted gouda and it turned out wonderfully! 

    谢谢!

    -Jordan

  17. Love this recipe and I love the addition of cashew milk – I hadn’t tried cashew milk until this recipe. Making this is super easy and yummy! A lighter alfredo definitely makes me feel better knowing it’s not as heavy as some of the other monsters out there that you read about. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. This sounds fantastic, I’ll definitely try to make it! But do you know the metric measurements? I don’t have spoons/cups to measure with, grams and milliliters would be much easier. Thanks in advance! x

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