Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

So let me start by saying that I wanted to call this “Buff Fettuccine Alfredo”, but lets face it… that just sounds weird. And nobody (well most people) would have no idea what the hell I was talking about. So “skinny” it was.  It all makes sense now, huh? 😉

For years I never ventured too close to Fettuccine Alfredo. There are definitely pastas that I treat myself to occasionally, but this particular variety happens to be the King of clog-your-arteries-with-butter and set you back over a thousand calories. No bueno.

Lucky for you (and my preparing-for-a-photoshoot waistline), I started some experimenting and came up with this lighter, healthier Fettuccine Alfredo. It’s got all the taste of the original but is WAYYY healthier. And, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life is too short for nasty tasting “diet” food! 😉

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo. Only 364 calories, versus Olive Gardens 1090! This recipe saves you 726 calories AND tastes amazing!! Click for recipe

Disclaimer: You may have noticed I didn’t actually use fettuccine noodles in the picture…. lol. The store was out and I really was over grocery shopping at that point (you can only hunt through noodle varieties for so long). So kill me. It all tastes the same anyways 😉

Oh and don’t forget to take a look at the nutritional fact before and after at the bottom. It’s pretty shocking!

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Yield: 4 large servings

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe


  • 8 oz fresh fettuccine noodles
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley & additional for serving (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. To make sauce:
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions (usually 2-3 minutes for fettuccine noodles)
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add lemon zest & garlic, simmering for about a minute
  4. Add four, stirring well for an additional minute
  5. Add milk, chicken broth, cream and a large pinch of salt, whisking constantly until sauce is thickened (this will take at least a few minutes)
  6. Add parmesan cheese & stir until melted. Add parsley
  7. Add your thickened sauce to the pasta. You may add a tiny bit of milk if needed to loosen the noodles and thin the sauce. Just be careful not to add so much or you'll end up with soup instead of pasta 😉
  8. Season with fresh pepper and remaining salt to taste. Top with fresh parsley
  9. Enjoy!


Nutritional Info (per serving): 364 calories, 48g carb, 13g fat, 16g protein

So now the crazy party, lets compare the nutritional information for my recipe above, to Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo.

My recipe is 364 calories versus 1090 (that’s a savings of 726 calories for just one serving)! Have I convinced you yet? =)

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo. Only 364 calories, versus Olive Gardens 1090! This recipe saves you 726 calories AND tastes amazing!! Click for recipe
Nutritional information from Olive Garden’s website

About Melissa

Melissa Wilson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and received her Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. In addition to in-person training, Melissa is the founder of ProShape Fitness -- a healthy living company, which specializes in online fitness and nutrition coaching for individuals who want to get back into shape and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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