Monday, November 8, 2010

Guiltless Alfredo Sauce

I found this recipe on the "our best bites" blog. I like it because it uses low fat cream cheese and flour as thickening agents--not whipped cream so it's not super fattening and it's SO EASY! It's awesome for dipping bread sticks and mixing w/ marinara. But I mostly use it as a base for the Pumpkin Alfredo found on the same blog. It's SUPER
DUPER yummy!

2 C low-fat milk
1/3 C (3 oz) low fat cream cheese
2 T flour
1 t salt
1 T butter
3 garlic cloves
1 C grated Parmesan cheese

Toss the milk, cream cheese, flour, and salt in a blender.
In a non-stick sauce pan, melt butter on med-high heat and add garlic. Let the garlic saute for about 30 seconds, you don't want to burn it.
Then add milk mixture to the pan. Stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes or until it just comes to a simmer. Keep stirring and let it cook for a few minutes more. It should be much thicker now.

When it's nice and thickened remove the pan from the heat. Add the cheese, stir it up and then cover immediately. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before using. It will continue to thicken upon standing. Also, if you have leftovers in the fridge, the sauce will thicken almost into a solid. Just re-heat and add a little milk and it will be back to normal again.

Rebecca Rasmussen

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