I have what my mother calls ?expensive taste.?
That?s not to say that I spend lots of money (because I?m cheap to the core), but I have this strange knack of choosing the most expensive item on the rack when we?re out shopping.
I also happen to have the same problem when it comes to high-calorie foods. If given the choice of several items, I?ll undoubtedly declare the fattiest, most calorie-rich option as my favorite.
That?s why I wanted to find a way to enjoy one of my favorite pasta sauces?Alfredo?without all of the fat and calories that inevitably come with it.
I found a lighter option on the blog ?Minimalist Baker.? You can find it at http://minimalistbaker.com/light-alfredo-sauce-cheesy-garlic-ciabatta/. It was really good, and while I wouldn?t classify it as a diet food, it also wasn?t the same tasteless, watery sauce I often get out of light jarred sauces. I increased the garlic for my version.
Light Alfredo Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup milk (I used one-percent)
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2-4 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
Add the garlic, and stir constantly until it?s lightly browned.
Add the milk and broth.
Stir, making sure to get any stuck-on goodies off the bottom of the pan.
Whisk in the flour, starting with only two or three tablespoons. If the sauce is too thin, add more flour. If it?s too thick, add more milk. (You?ll want it to be a little thinner than you want the final product at this stage, because the cheese will thicken it more.)
Add the salt, pepper and cheese and reduce heat to low. Whisk the sauce to ensure that all the clumps are incorporated.
Add your favorite pasta and serve.
We ate our Alfredo sauce with some grilled chicken and penne pasta, and it was creamy and had great flavor. I will definitely make it again in the future.
And much like the clearance rack is often the cure for my expensive taste in clothing, this recipe helped cure my desire for something full of delicious fat and calories?at least until someone mentions dessert.
When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at email@example.com.