94 Ratings
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4

A low-fat alternative to a traditional Alfredo sauce. I add chicken, most of the time, to make it a complete meal!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Place broccoli in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm, about 2 to 6 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook 15 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir in steamed broccoli and cooked pasta. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

367 calories; 10.2 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 409 mg sodium. 53.4 g carbohydrates; 17.2 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (68)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2007
This was awesome! I added shrimp fresh chopped garlic and fresh spinach leaves. It was delicious!
(17)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/10/2005
I made this 2 hours ahead of meal time and put it into a covered corning dish. I heated it in the oven. The consistency was like a casserole - but way too many noodles for the 6 servings. Bland bland bland. Had to add salt and still did not like it.
94 Ratings
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2005
A nice twist on alfredo! I did make a few modifications though. I substituted chicken broth for the butter lowfat evaporated milk for the regular skim and lowfat ricotta for the part-skim. I also added a hefty shake of white pepper. The consistency was smooth and perfect! Also no need to steam the broccoli separately - just throw it in the pasta pot during the last 2-3 minutes of boiling.
(69)
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2003
My husband's Italian and he loved it! Trust me it says a lot!
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2007
This was awesome! I added shrimp fresh chopped garlic and fresh spinach leaves. It was delicious!
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
I've made regular fettucine alfredo a hundred times but just recently started adding ricotta. As if it wasn't artery clogging enough right? Anyway the way I do it is to use full milk ricotta and whole milk instead of skim. Of course this is super rich but it's not a meal for every day either. I'm not crazy for the taste of parm so I don't use that much...I basically throw a small handful in at the end and mix it in. Also make sure that the broccoli is fresh and not frozen. Remember to use salt and pepper to your own liking and not necessarily what the recipe calls for. Everyone has different tastes. I'm sure the right amount of salt will make a big difference in whether this dish is bland or not.
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
06/16/2010
Very bland. I'd suggest keeping the starchy pasta water to thin the sauce out because straight from the recipe its way too thick and dries out once it's incorporated with the pasta. If I were to make this again I might melt in a sharper cheese to punch up the flavor. This needs more salt and seasonings.
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2006
Family loved it. Has the alfredo taste but it a bit lighter due to the ricotta. Excellent!
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2007
really good and quick recipe. since i didn't have any cream in the house i was so happy to find this recipe and i had all the ingredients in my fridge. Instead of broccoli i blanched some sweet snap peas and added those along with some baked chicken. I would recommend serving this dish immediately after adding the noodles to the sauce or else it gets too thick and the noodles stick together.
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2004
I tried this tonight and it was fantastic! I hae a quick feetucine recipe that I make a lot but since I'm on a diet I wanted something lower in fat and calories--this did the trick! I added some shrimp and a little more parmesan. Superb recipe and a little goes a long way. Very filling.
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
good flavor and real quick to make
(4)