Lighter Fettucine Alfredo
- 12 ounces fettucine
- 2 Tablespoons butter unsalted
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes dried
- Cook fettucine according to package instructions for al dente doneness.
- While fettucine is cooking, melt the butter in a medium pot and whisk in the flour to form a roux. Cook for about 1 minute over medium-high heat.
- Slowly pour in milk, whisking constantly to combine the roux with the milk.
- Add in garlic powder and cook until the mixture starts to bubble and is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Remove mixture from heat, stir in parmesan cheese and parsley. Taste and add salt as needed.
- Mix the cooked fettucine with the sauce and serve.
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Obligatory Fictional Backstory
While training for my latest marathon (watching the entire Lord of the Rings saga, extended edition) I decided to warm up by binge watching Season 4 of the American version of The Office.
After watching the first couple of episodes, I was inspired to make fettucine alfredo! But, since I don’t run *actual* marathons, I decided that I should probably work on a version that had slightly fewer calories.
A few attempts later, I found the perfect ratio of roux to milk to parmesan cheese to produce a sauce that was comparable to what you would get in a restaurant.
I sat down with a bowl of my lighter fettucine alfredo and started my marathon. I may have eaten the whole pot of pasta over the course of the movies, but it definitely sustained my energy levels and allowed me to complete all three movies!
I am aware that traditional fettucine alfredo does not have garlic in it, but I am of the opinion that any culinary creation can be improved by the addition of garlic. Unless it’s dessert.
Although someone did send me a recipe for black garlic ice cream which sounded intriguing…
Anyway, speaking of authenticity, I refuse to acknowledge the travesty that was The Hobbit trilogy and instead choose to pretend that only the original Lord of the Rings trilogy exists.
I have actually done a marathon of the extended editions with a couple of friends – I think it was a little over 14 hours, we did it overnight, and MAN were we punch drunk by the end! Totally worth it though.
What’s your favorite “marathon”?