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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: 313Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 913mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 15g


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93 comments on “Light Fettuccine Alfredo”

  1. Sneaky! A classic, but love the lighter version!

  2. Nice alternative to such a heavy and rich dish.

  3. I’ve tried fettuccini Alfredo at TGI here in Greece and I loved them! It is great that you found a way to make the dish lighter and at the same time keep the good taste! I can see why it is a winner!

  4. A great plate of pasta!

  5. sounds like a great lighter version!

  6. LOVE fettuccine alfredo, and I love even more that this is a lightened up version! Ill definitely be trying this ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. At the end of the day all that matters is the flavor and you have achieved some beautiful flavor with these lighter ingredients. I would take the light version any day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Taking out all the fat and calories but still leaving that wonderful creamy flavor does make this recipe a winner! If you can’t tell the difference, I do not know why anyone would want the heavier one. Thanks for sharing. Tempting pictures!

  9. I used to love alfredo sauce as a kid and then I learned how bad it is for you. Thanks for the lightened up version. This looks like it still has tons of flavor!

  10. you know you can always win me over with some cheese :))

  11. That sounds a million times better to me than the fat laden version!

  12. simply delicious and looks really gets along with that salmon..hmm..YUM! :p

  13. yes please! love lightened up pasta!

  14. Sometimes when recipes are adapted to be *lighter* some of the flavour does go missing. Love that you posted a recipe where it all stays in tact.

  15. very very yummy!

  16. Thank you for this wonderful lighter idea! I often try to “slim down” sauces, but I would have never thought of such a list of ingredients. It sounds as delicious as full fat cream sauce.

  17. Cooking Light is becoming a good friend of mine. Their adaptions are usually pretty good and they know when to add flavor. This is no exception – it is not a heart attack on a plate and I would welcome this into my life.

  18. Just wonderful!! I love this lighter version, I will have to give it a try.

  19. YUM! I can’t wait to make this!

  20. Great recipe Liz. Alfredo sauce is a true comfort food and this lightened up version is the best. A definite keeper.

  21. I’m going to make this one! Creamy pasta sauces are my favorites and I could use a lighter version :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  22. I can’t go without creamy pasta completely. Still rich tasting, I’m sure!

  23. I can’t go without creamy pasta completely. Still rich tasting, I’m sure!

  24. Love the display.
    Love that you made fetticini light.
    Love your blog.

    Thanks girl! Can’t wait to try it! (And not feel bad about a second helping!)

  25. Uuummm, yes. Yes I will have some Less Guilty Alfredo. Make it a double.

  26. This looks like dinner tonight. Thanks for the lighter version of a favorite. Can’t wait to try it.

  27. Oh, Lizzy… you have no idea how much I appreciate seeing your light version of fettucine Alfredo. Haven’t made one, which is posted on my blog, for over 1 year, and it’s loaded with butter, and heavy cream…for sure not WW recipe!
    Your “cooking light” adapted version is amazing, with the lowfat cream cheese addition. I know that I can have a little portion of this…such a great pairing with salmon. Very chic, and delicious:DDD

  28. i like pasta great plate

  29. Brilliant! I love lightened up dishes, makes you feel good about eating them! The salmon looks gorgeous too.

  30. Oh thank you, Lizzy! We love Alfredo, so this light version is something I need! Hugs!

  31. I love the idea of using reduced fat cream cheese in your sauce. The Fettuccine Alfredo looks delicious:)

  32. An excellent lightened up version!

  33. I have tried light alfredo sauces in the past without success. This one looks like a winner, will have to try it out.

  34. Its ok to indulge in the heavy kind of food once a while as long as we know how to balance and go along fine with it. I can be conscious of food but that cannot be all the time.

    Nice, simple and that creamy look on top is great but you know what, I need some chillies inside.

  35. This sounds wonderful Lizzy! Maybe I can replace my husband’s love of jarred alfredo sauce with this healthier alternative ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Looks good but I’m probably going to want to try the original as well.

  37. Love light version of pasta like this one! Simply delicious!
    It looks so good with your Maple Glazed Salmon.

  38. You’ve posted this recipe at a perfect time, as Liz and I are eating on the lighter side for a short period of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Yummy yum – just the recipe for me,Lizzy!I love Fettuccine Alfredo very much, but since I didn’t know how to rustle it up,I’ve been having the store-bought one so far.This sure is a keeper and the low-fat stuff makes it all the more desirable:)Lovely photos!!

  40. That looks awfully good–the only reason I don’t eat fettucine alfredo is the fat content, which I can’t justify. Your lightened-up version looks terrific.

  41. Looks delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love making Alfredo sauce using Laughing Cow cheese, you really don’t miss all the heavy cream and butter. Your version sounds wonderful, and fettuccine are one of my favorite ever pasta shapes ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. What a great recipe – super to have a delicious low fat version of such a wonderful dish – thanks!
    mary x

  43. Finally, a fettucine I can enjoy guilt-free! I love it, but I’ve always held back because of the fat content. Also, these are ingredients I typically have on hand! Pinned, Stumbled and Bookmarked! Thanks!

  44. flavourful looks fabulous

  45. Due to my dessert consumption I normally don’t eat alfredo sauce, but I would eat this! It sounds awesome Lizzy, can’t wait to try it out!

  46. Mmm! That looks good! Great pairing with salmon and asparagus! I haven’t eaten dinner yet… now I am hungry!

  47. This is lovely Lizzy. A nice healthy pasta dish. I’m in!!!

  48. Ok I printed this out and I will try making this. Seems much easier than most of the stuff I ruin ๐Ÿ˜›

  49. It is always good go a little healthier and even better when they don’t notice the change. This sounds wonderful.

  50. 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™‚

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

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

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

  54. 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??

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

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

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

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

  59. 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™‚

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

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

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

  63. 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.

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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™‚

  67. 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)

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

  69. 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.

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

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

  72. 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!

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

  74. 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™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

  82. 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!

  83. 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.

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

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

  86. Awesome food shots, dear! xoxo

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

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

  89. 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.

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. 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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