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I wasn’t certain that this Light Fettuccine Alfredo would pass the family’s taste test. But they gobbled it up without a peep. And asked for more!

This Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo isn’t exactly low-cal, but it’s certainly lightened up from the heavy cream, butter and Parmesan version we all love!

Light Fettuccine Alfredo in a white bowl garnished with parsley

Light Fettuccine Alfredo

Light Fettuccine Alfredo??? You may be thinking that “Fettuccine Alfredo” and “Light” in the same recipe is contradictory and maybe even impossible! The traditional Italian pasta dish consists of long flat noodles mixed with a rich sauce of emulsified Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and butter, though most of the recipes I’ve used in the past call for heavy cream. How can this be made light and still delicious??? I’ve found a way.

This post may be somewhat of a shocker to my devoted readers, but it’s actually a healthier version of our favorite fat-laden pasta dish.  A typical Alfredo sauce is not for the calorie-conscious. But when I first made this Light Fettuccine Alfredo a few years back, nobody even noticed the changes. I knew from both my first bite and my family’s reaction that it was a winner.

Plus it’s super easy! My family loves simple, comforting pasta dishes like Penne alla Vodka, Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes, or this Creamy Pesto Pasta. My family gives this healthier fettuccine Alfredo their hearty approval!

Overhead view of a bowl Light Fettuccine Alfredo

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Low-fat or 2 percent milk and lightened cream cheese replaced the heavy cream sauce in this Cooking Light version of Alfredo sauce. I was the skeptic, but if you know how picky my family is, you know this version was darned tasty if they approved.

There’s still butter and loads of Parmesan, so it’s not totally guilt-free. But a heck of a lot lighter than the classic fettuccine Alfredo. If you have a craving for this classic, rich pasta dish, why not give this healthier skinny fettuccine Alfredo a try. Comfort food without the guilt!

Light Fettuccine Alfredo in a white bowl with bread and salad in the back ground

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Light Fettuccine Alfredo

Light Fettuccine Alfredo

A lightened up Fettuccine Alfredo that past my family's scrutiny!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour (I used Wondra)
  • 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces fettuccine, cooked and drained
  • 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions, drain.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook just till fragrant, about a minute, stirring frequently. Stir in flour, then gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly till mixture thickens. Add 1 cup of the Parmesan, cream cheese and salt, stirring till cheese melts. Add hot pasta and toss. Serve with a sprinkle of the remaining Parmesan, flat leaf parsley and black pepper to taste.


Adapted from Cooking Light.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 913mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 15g
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93 comments on “Light Fettuccine Alfredo”

  1. Oh wonderful recipe for a great comfort food. I will be trying this very soon as I’m trying to eat a little healthier like the rest of America does in Jan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. that looks so yummy i wish i could have just a taste aha :b

  3. Liz, it looks just perfect! I’ve tried a lightened version form a cookbook and it was horrible…this one looks amazing!

  4. When something is so deliciously awesome that you have to lick your fingers upon finshing it to get the full extravagance of the taste.

  5. Such a great recipe! I’ve made this one a few times too and no one has every been able to tell its a ‘lighter’ recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ And who can resist fettuccine alfredo??

  6. Hey Lizzy , I’ve been eyeing this recipe from Cooking Light , too ! Your presentation looks better though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry Cooking Light hahaha

  7. This would definitely be “my last supper”. for sure.

  8. Yum! I love “light” alfredo – I can’t fully enjoy it if I’m regretting every bite that crosses my lips. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. yummy! I love Alfredo and its light, I will definitely be making this soon!

  10. You know I’ve never tried making my own alfredo sauce because it’s just soooo unhealthy but this sounds delicious & it’s a lightened version. Will have to give it a shot now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. You just made my week! A light fettuccine alfredo that looks delicious!

  12. Wow! Love the light version. Congratulations on the FB top 9!

  13. A light version of alfredo sauce?! So wonderful. Will definitely have to try this.

  14. I’m always down for a light version of the classics! Can’t wait to try this and serve it to my health conscious family. Yum.

  15. Congrats on the #1 spot, Lizzy. Lovely presentation and your light-version is a great excuse for putting this dish on the menu more often. Have a great weekend!

  16. Way to sneak in a healthy version Liz and congratulations on Today’s Top 9!

  17. Congrats Liz on No 1!Well, this is a great alternative like you said to the normal version.I’m always scared to order this outside due to the fat content.I’ve never made Alfredo at home , but now that you posted this will give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Lizzy! We’re in the Top 9 together my friend! Yay!! Congratulations!! As always, your creations look Ah-mazing!! Hope you have a great weekend! :o)

  19. Congrats on Top 9! And here’s to low cal versions of everything I love : )

  20. If I can find light cream cheese, I’ll have to give this a try. I love cream sauces and always looking for a way to make them less caloric.

  21. I love this recipe! It is perfect for my diet, I’ve just started! Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9!

  22. Oh, I definitely want to try this version!

  23. Great recipe, Lizzy! My husband loves alfredo, but I refuse to make the full fat version at home! You did a great job lightening this one up!

  24. What a clever way to lighten up this classic…I bet the cream cheese makes it ultra creamy ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally delicious!

  25. I love your skinny version! I make this about once ever 2 months and I’m always looking for new ways to spruce it up without adding calories.

    Adding to my recipe list ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Mmmm I love fettuccine alfredo! This recipe sounds light & delicious. You go girl!

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  28. Where in the hell did the recipe go?!

  29. I’ve tried this and found the lighter version was just as satisfying as the fatty one. Less guilt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I know my son would never resist eating a big bowl of this its his favorite!

  31. I love fettuccine alfredo! there are definitely ways to get the cheesy goodness while still keeping it fairly light, as you show here.

  32. This lightened up version looks every bit as good as the original. Better even, because I can eat it more often ๐Ÿ˜‰!

  33. This looks and sounds awesome! Iโ€™m always looking to lighten recipes without down grading them and youve hit the nail on the head with this recipe!

  34. Fettuccine alfredo has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. I love making it with cauliflower now, but this light version sound like another awesome compromise.

  35. I LOVE alfredo. It’s second only to lasagna. I am definitely trying this one.

  36. What a great idea to use cream cheese. Delish!

  37. Awesome food shots, dear! xoxo

  38. I love this lightened up version! This is on of my favorite pasta dishes ever!

  39. soooo creamy! No one would ever guess it’s lightened up!

  40. I haven’t made fettuccine alfredo in a long time. We would probably really like this recipe. I was a devoted Cooking Light follower for many years.

  41. Fantastic! I really used to love Cooking Light way back when and then I sort of stopped looking at their recipes- not sure why- this looks fantastic and indulgent too- I would defintely try this!

  42. Lighter, easy to make, and definitely delicious. If Bill and the rest of the family approved this, than we know we’re gonna love it as well:)
    Thanx so much for the fantastic idea dear Liz!

  43. This lightened up version means I can have fettucine alfredo even more often, with no guilt! It may be missing some calories, but it’s certainly not short on taste!

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