I wanted to make an Alfredo sauce for a pasta dish, but didn't have a lot on hand (no butter or heavy cream). Here is my hacked version, which is probably a lot less fattening than a classic Alfredo. Play around with it and with what you have on hand. I used this sauce in the Spicy Sausage Alfredo dish I also posted on the site.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

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

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in flour until a light paste forms, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley.

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  • Whisk milk slowly into the saucepan. Bring sauce to a simmer; cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and whisk in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and half-and-half until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper.

Cook's Notes:

Add any additional ingredients you want in your sauce, such as a dash of nutmeg or red pepper, etc. after the garlic in step 1.

Substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for the fresh if desired.

Nutrition Facts

205 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 8.8g 3% DV; fat 15.9g 24% DV; cholesterol 30.1mg 10% DV; sodium 199.7mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2020
Easy, had all ingredients on hand. Threw a shake of Italian seasoning in it. Used whole milk, almost 2 cups as I needed it to be a bit thinner. Turned out great, big thumbs up from this household! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2020
Easy, had all ingredients on hand. Threw a shake of Italian seasoning in it. Used whole milk, almost 2 cups as I needed it to be a bit thinner. Turned out great, big thumbs up from this household! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2016
The parsley gets lost and this falls a little short but still better than any jarred sauce I've purchased. Amp up the herbs and seasonings and you've got yourself a 5 star all the way! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2018
Worked well. Fast and easy. Less expensive than most traditional versions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2019
This a wonderful recipe that shows lighter doesn't necessarily mean less tasty. I did substitute garlic powder for the minced garlic and I'm not sure I needed the 2 T of flour. It kind of made it lumpy. I'm sure my timing wasn't great as to when I added it. It tasted really wonderful! Plus it was without all the extra calories. Read More