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one pan alfredo-closeWho doesn’t love a one pan meal…I mean c’mon it comes together with just a few steps and clean-up is super fast making this a perfect dinner option for a busy day.

Over the years I made my fair share of one pan meals like this one pan spaghetti and this one pot sausage & potato stew but one of my most favorites it this cheesy one pot alfredo pasta.   Alfredo sauce is my favorite sauce to put over noodles and when I can make everything in one pot it makes it even better.

Now as we all know this cheesy and decadent sauce can be a little higher in calories and points than maybe you want, so I wanted to try and lighten this dish up a bit without losing any of the richness or creaminess & of course the cheesiness.  To start with I used fat free half & half instead of heavy cream or the full fat version of half & half.  I use the fat free version in almost all my cream recipes as it still adds in a lot of creaminess but without a lot of extra fat.  I also added in some reduced fat cream cheese to add in a lot of extra creaminess but again without as much fat and calories of the regular version.  Then of course I added in some parmesan cheese, it is an alfredo sauce so in my book that mean parmesan cheese.

8 servings

One Pan Alfredo

A one pan creamy alfredo pasta dish perfect for dinner tonight

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 ounces pasta noodles (I used fettuccine but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (or full fat)
  • 1/2 cups grated parmesan, divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Directions

  • In a large stock pot, over medium heat, bring half & half, chicken stock, butter, salt, pepper & garlic to a boil
  • Add pasta to boiling mixture and cover
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender
  • Stir in cream cheese and half of the parmesan cheese until well combined and cheeses are melted
  • Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese & parsley over the top
  • Serve & ENJOY!!

Notes

Each serving (about 3/4 cup) is 10 WW Smart Points:

Nutritional Info Calories 326 Calories from Fat 81 Total Fat 9 g Saturated Fat 5.3 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 26 g Sodium 518 mg Potassium 186 mg Total Carbohydrate 46 g Dietary Fiber 1 g Sugars 2 g Protein 12 g Vitamin A 6 % Vitamin C 0 % Calcium 12 % Iron 11 %

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This pasta is great on its own but to make it a complete meal serve it with your favorite grilled chicken, fish or shrimp and then serve your favorite salad or roasted veggie to make it even better.  

I know that this dish is still a little decadent and not something to indulge in all the time, but every once in a while it makes a nice treat that everyone is sure to enjoy…and don’t forget it is all made in one pan making it super easy!  I love dishes like that!

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Remember, make everyday sparkle – MJ

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