Thursday, December 11, 2008

I did it! Alfredo sauce!

So, this was dinner last night; I'm proud because a) it tasted good, and b) I think I kept it to under, maybe, 10 or 15 grams of fat per serving? It was also pretty fast and easy -- HH and I got home at like 6:40 and dinner was on the table by 7:10ish.

Spinach Alfredo w/ Chicken

1/3 c butter
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 oz cream cheese (fat free!)
2 c milk (skim!)
sea salt (to taste, approx 1/4 tsp?)
pepper (to taste, approx 1/2 tsp?)
nutmeg (to taste, approx 1/4 tsp?)
2/3 c. shredded parmesan cheese

Around 10 cups spinach, chopped
Pasta (I used a parsely/garlic fettuccini)

chicken (I used 4 tenderloins, rubbed with a Montreal Chix seasoning, broiled)

1. Start cooking the chicken. While you're making the sauce, you can also start boiling the water for your pasta and chopping the spinach.

2. Melt the butter over medium heat and saute the garlic. Add in the cream cheese, stirring until it's pretty melted. Then use a whisk to get it nice-n-smooth. At this point, stir in your other spices (though I kept adding "to taste" throughout). Whisk in the milk, a little bit at a time. After it heats up, dump in the parm cheese and whisk it smooth as the cheese melts. *You'll want to have the other food close to ready at this point because the sauce gets pretty thick if you keep cooking it!

3. After your pasta is cooked, drain it, then put it back in the pot, add the spinach and stir. Cover and let it sit until the spinach is pretty wilted. Then dump in the sauce (I probably used 1/3 to 1/2 of the sauce, saving the rest for ravioli later in the week) and stir in chopped chunks of chicken. If the spinach needs more wilting or you want the flavors to blend more, cook it over low heat for a few minutes.

I was excited about this because (other than the butter, and I used a little less than the original recipe!) it's not a disgustingly fattening recipe, but it's still incredibly rich and creamy. HH, who doesn't like cream cheese, loved it and ate the leftovers for lunch today. And, because the spinach sort of blends in with the pasta, you get a LOT of spinach crammed into essentially three servings!

I think I'll try this next time with hot italian sausage. I like spicy/creamy stuff. But I'm considering my first Alfredo sauce to be a roaring success.

1 comment:

Anne said...

Yum! Sounds really good.

I'm trying to wrap my head around the concept of someone not liking cream cheese!