Low Fat “Creamy” Fettuccine

With the exception of my friend Steve (what a wierdo), everyone loves a good bowl of pasta. Even though many of us try as best we can to limit our pasta intake, there’s nothing that can replace a good, comforting dish, especially when it is creamy and delicious.

To reduce my level of guilt when I do indulge, and because I like a good challenge, I try to find recipes that call for lots of creamy goodness that I can modify to be as low fat as possible, without leaving you feeling like you were cheated. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well the conversion worked for this recipe; the original called for BOTH half and half and whole cream, in addition to a large helping of oil. I cut the oil in half and replaced both the cream and half & half with evaporated skim milk. As far as from-scratch sauces go, this was fairly quick and really simple. I was also pleasantly surprised at how well this reheated for lunch on day 2.

Happy pasta eating!

Creamy Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes

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½ package fettuccine
1 tbsp olive oil (I used a tablespoon of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes instead)
12 – 14 cremini mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 -7 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
2 cups chicken consomme, prepared according to package directions
1½ cups evaporated skim milk
1 cup shredded skim parmesan cheese (can also use mozzarella if you don’t have parmesan)
1 tsp dried basil

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is boiling, heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add in mushrooms and garlic, and cook for about 4 minutes, until mushrooms soften. Add in sun dried tomatoes and cook for another minute.
  2. Add in prepared chicken consomme, and continue to cook over medium heat until broth has reduced to about half of original volume, stirring often. Add in 1 cup of evaporated milk, and continue to reduce, stirring regularly. Once it has reduced slightly, add in last ½ cup of milk, and then add in the cheese and stir until melted. Add in basil and stir to combine.
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  3. Add in cooked pasta, and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
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