Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Rich Things . . .

It is sad when you begin to eat healthfully and believe you must give up all the creamy, cheesy things you love.  All those rich dishes become the "wrong" things to eat.  To tell you the truth, I refuse!  I look for ways to fit lighter versions into my diet and never feel deprived.  This recipe will satisfy your craving for Fettuccine Alfredo or anything like it.  Today it was the sauce for fresh tortellini, and it hit the spot.

I have seen recipes floating around the internet for a lighter Alfredo sauce using Laughing Cow light cheese wedges.  I tried one and it was just ok.  I put my own spin on it and came up with this sauce for pasta or steamed vegetables.  Adding pesto gives it some extra oomph, but with or without, this recipe is perfect for an everyday or special dinner.

Light Alfredo Sauce

3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon whipped butter
6 wedges Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow light cheese wedges
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon basil pesto, homemade of store-bought, optional

Combine all ingredients except pesto in a small saucepan.  Place over low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes.  Stir in pesto, if using.  Pour over pasta or anything else made better with a creamy, cheesy sauce on top.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.


  1. Made this sauce to top our ravioli tonight. It gets two thumbs up!! We really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your great recipe ideas!

  2. Another hit! We all loved it- it is so rich and flavorful! Delaney says she wants it every week now! Thanks!