Lower Fat Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Mushrooms

Here is a lower fat version of the classic fettuccine alfredo with added spinach and mushrooms. Instead of the vegetables, you could add sauteed chicken or shrimp, or any other combination of vegetables you like. I made this alfredo sauce with nonfat cream cheese and fat free milk. I didn’t sacrifice a good Parmesan cheese though, I went ahead and used a great Parmesan, and plenty of it, to flavor this dish. I also skipped the butter, in favor of olive oil. The result was a very rich, creamy delicious pasta. When made with nonfat cream cheese, this dish is close to 46 grams of fat for the whole recipe (enough to feed at least 4 people), not per serving. Compare that to a traditional chicken fettuccine alfredo at Olive Garden which is over 80 grams of fat per serving. If you want to restrict the fat even more, scale back on the amount of Parmesan cheese you use to 1/2 or 1/4 cup. Most of the fat in this dish comes from the Parmesan cheese, 30 grams of it, with the other large percentage, 15 grams, coming from the olive oil.

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Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

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1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup skim milk
1 - 8 oz package non or low fat cream cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lb fresh spinach
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb package Fettuccine
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
kosher salt


Preheat large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add mushrooms and a little kosher salt.

Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente. Drain well.

Saute mushrooms until they are tender. Add spinach and garlic, and cook until spinach is wilted. Add milk and cream cheese. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until cream cheese has melted in the milk and sauce is creamy.

Add white pepper and Parmesan. Melt Parmesan in sauce. Add pasta and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes over low heat while tossing pasta in sauce.

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  27 Responses to “Lower Fat Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach and Mushrooms”

  1. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — September 20, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    This looks so yummy Angie, could so go for a plate at this point, although i may be a lil too early for it, lol.

    Hugs, Tasha

  2. Cajun Chef Ryan — September 20, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    I would love a bowl of that pasta NOW!

    Bon appetit!

  3. Monet — September 20, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    A healthy adaptation of one of my favorite dishes. I wonder if a bit of greek yogurt would be good in the sauce mixture? It might help to thicken it up. I’ve been using greek yogurt in everything lately…I just love it! Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us!

  4. Suzanne — September 20, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Wow, this looks great! And while I’m not a huge fan of alfredo, the reason is clear – so many fat grams. However, you have taken out a LOT of the fat and left the flavor. I can’t wait to fix this and join the alfredo fan club!

  5. Mags — September 20, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

    Ya know, ever since someone important (and I forget who that was) coined fettucine alfredo as “as heart attack on a plate” I’ve shied away from all alfredo recipes. But I see how that it can be made healthier without too much loss of the luxurious taste. Great recipe! I’m definitely bookmarking this one.

  6. Fight the Fat Foodie — September 21, 2010 @ 12:21 am

    Your alfredo looks fantastic. A light version that I do is one of my family’s favorites. http://fightthefatfoodie.blogspot.com/2009/12/alfredo-to-die-for-that-wont-give-you.html

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  8. Tickled Red — September 21, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    Ooooo…Alfredo! My guys love this recipe, but they are not fans of mushrooms. That’s okay more for mom right 🙂 especially sense this is the low fat version!

  9. averagebetty — September 21, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    Absolutely love it! Healthier and delicious – my favorite combination!

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  12. Kelsey — September 21, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    I am so excited your joining the family kitchen Angie, you have a gorgeous blog!

  13. axel g — September 22, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    The combination of spinach and garlic is both healthy and delicious!

    Great recipe +_+

  14. RavieNomNoms — September 22, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Wow thank you for sharing this! I have always wanted a lower fat version of alfredo, this looks really good and I will have to try it out!

  15. Beau @ SomethingEdible.com — September 22, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    Your photo truly belies the fact that this dish is made less-bad-for-you.
    I think I’m gonna need a slab of bread to finish the sauce left on the plate. :-d

    Fwiw, that’s almost exactly the way I do my ‘healthy’ Alfredo as well! I’ll also throw a splash of white wine on the ‘shrooms as well before I add the dairy.

  16. Emily @Cleanliness — September 23, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    Absolutely divine, dahling!

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  21. Henry Ione — September 24, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    My kids love pasta and this early my wife and I do train them to eat foods that are low in fat. This recipe is indeed for the health conscious and though less in fat, I am sure the kids and the kids at heart will enjoy this meal. I would probably go less on the olive oil so that we still get to use a full cup of Parmesan cheese. We love a generous amount of cheese on our pasta.

    Henry Ione
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  22. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 24, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    This is such a great lower fat version of traditional alfredo sauce. I agree with you, as long as you have great Parmesan in there you maintain loads of flavor. I must try making this pasta for my family.

  23. Cookin' Canuck — September 24, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    What a comforting dish for cooler evenings. I appreciate that it is lower fat than the traditional version!

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  25. Alta — October 7, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    What is it about spinach and mushrooms that makes everything better? I have both in the fridge right now. This sounds so good. 🙂

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  27. Micki — March 31, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    Easy, great flavor, creamy without the guilt. Thank you.

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