Monday, January 10, 2011

Healthier than typical Alfredo? Still not as healthy as it could be....

Well, week two is not starting out with as many vegetables as it should. Today is a snow day, and after a long day of playing in the snow I want something warm, creamy and delicious. I made this sauce with things I had on hand, and used frozen gnocchi. Making your own gnocchi is actually pretty easy, it just takes a while, and my house was lacking potatoes.

Though not as healthy as using tomato sauce, using half and half instead of heavy cream and some smart balance instead of all butter does eliminate some of fat. Not a good meal to have all the time, but its a sweet treat!

Pour this sauce over any pasta you have on hand, I love Alfredo Sauce with gnocchi, but we all have our faves. Steamed broccoli, asparagus, or green beans would make nice healthy additions.

Alfredo Sauce:
Serving size 2, increase as needed.

  • 2 tablespoons butter, OR 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp smart balance
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 
  • 2-3 tbsp grated cheddar, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. 

2. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

 3. Add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly, heating through. Remove from heat, stir in parsley, add salt/pepper if desired and serve.


  1. i love love love these healthier versions of snow-day comfort food :) i love twice-baked potatoes sub cottage cheese almost as much as i love my lissa sub NOTHING.

  2. Thanks Bri! So nice to know people are reading/trying my dishes.
    That alfredo sauce is like A. MA. ZING. the only problem with it is now that I know how to make it I want it all the times!