Light Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic


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Traditionally, Fettuccine Alfredo is a simple dish made with heavy cream, lots of butter, loads of Parmesan Cheese and pasta.  To make this a little healthier  I replaced the heavy cream with light cream cheese melted in chicken stock and wine. The roasted garlic and sun dried tomatoes add a lot of flavor without adding a lot of calories. I used fettuccine noodles for this dish but feel free to switch it up with brown rice noodles if you are gluten-free or even spiralized veggie noodles to make it even lighter.

 

Light Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic
Recipe Source: A Vintage Kitchen

serves  4

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 whole heads of garlic, roasted and peeled
  • 4 oz. light cream cheese, cut into cubes ( let the cream cheese come to room temp.)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan plus extra for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes drained and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 1 lb. med. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 12 oz. uncooked fettuccine noodles
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley and freshly grated cheese for finishing

 

Directions:

 

  1.  Cook fettuccine according to package directions, drain and keep warm. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat shrimp dry with paper towel and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to pan and saute until they are just cooked all the way through, about 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  2. Add wine, chicken stock, roasted garlic cloves, and sun-dried tomatoes to pan. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Whisk in cream cheese. The sauce will look really lumpy at first but will get smooth as the cream cheese melts. Reduce heat and let cook until cream cheese has melted into the sauce and the sauce is thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Add shrimp to the sauce, heat until shrimp are hot. Season to taste.
  3. Toss pasta with the sauce and garnish each portion with parsley and cheese.

 

* Note: To roast garlic: Cut the top 1/4 off a whole head of garlic, to expose the cloves. Place on a piece of aluminum foil, season lightly with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little olive oil. Wrap in foil, and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until soft and caramelized – 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Tags: Shrimp, Seafood, Pasta, Dinner, Alfredo, Light recipes

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Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Cauliflower

Spaghetti  Carbonara is a classic pasta dish that requires only a few basic ingredients, comes together in minutes, and is so wonderfully sinful it should be illegal.

 



 



There are only a few ingredients needed for this amazing pasta dish – pasta, eggs, cured pork such as bacon or pancetta, hard aged cheese such as Parmesan or Pecorino and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper. This dish is so much more than the sum of its parts. Steaming hot pasta is tossed with raw eggs and grated cheese, resulting in a luxuriously creamy sauce without the addition of any cream. I just love roasted cauliflower and I thought it would work beautifully in this dish. I also replaced the Parmesan with an aged Asiago cheese as that is what I had on hand.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Roasted Cauliflower
Recipe source: A Vintage Kitchen

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • olive oil
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing
  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti
  • freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet. Roast until golden brown – about 25 minutes. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and cook onion in the drippings until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 minutes more. In a small bowl whisk eggs, Parmesan and a splash of the pasta water. Off the heat toss the pasta with the egg mixture, tossing together until the sauce is creamy. Add the cauliflower, bacon/onion mixture and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Arrange on serving bowls and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.