- Active Time 30m
- Total Time 35m
2 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
Alfredo di Lello, the Roman restaurateur who created his signature sauce in the 1920s, might be startled to find this streamlined version that still tastes rich enough to satisfy those deep creamy-pasta cravings. The addition of zucchini boosts the nutritional profile. And when cut into thin strands, it can be twirled gracefully on a fork
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth (see Tips for Leftovers)
- 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 4 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine
- 1 small zucchini, cut into matchsticks
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Combine broth and garlic cloves in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the garlic cloves are soft, about 15 minutes.
After the garlic has simmered about 10 minutes, cook fettuccine in the boiling water, stirring often, for 8 minutes. Drop in zucchini and cook until the fettuccine is just tender, about 1 minute more.
Meanwhile, transfer the garlic and broth to a blender. Process until the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. (Use caution when blending hot liquids; see Tip). Return the mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture; whisk it until slightly thickened, about 15 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in sour cream, nutmeg and pepper. Return the pot to very low heat to keep the sauce warm. (Do not boil).
Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan; toss to coat well. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately, passing the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan separately.
Tips for Leftovers: Leftover canned broth keeps up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broth in aseptic packages keeps for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces, stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them from drying out.
Tip: Hot liquids can splatter out of a blender when it&#8217;s turned on. To avoid this, remove the center piece of the lid. Loosely cover the hole with a folded kitchen towel and turn the blender on. Better airflow will keep the contents from spewing all over the kitchen&#8212;and yourself.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
379 calories; 11g total fat; 6g total saturated fat; 33mg cholesterol; 628mg sodium; 52g carbohydrates; 8g fiber; 21g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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