Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo

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A lightened up garlic alfredo sauce that is delicious and creamy and coats the pasta perfectly! Half of the calories and you won’t even be able to tell! Skinny Alfredo in a pan.

Carbs. Oh man. Carbs are my WEAKNESS. When I am trying to watch what I eat, chocolate and sweets do not tempt me at all. Its the carbs. I dream all day of a big bowl of pasta and carbs sitting right in front of me. Along with a couple of slices of warm bread. I just love my carbs.

Well stuffing your face with carbs is not the best way of losing weight. And because I count macros, I can only can have 40% in my diet to reach my daily goal. So I decided to take my favorite alfredo sauce and change the ingredients and combine it with whole wheat pasta.

Alfredo sauce with whisk on left side of picture and pasta on the right.

This alfredo sauce is the best out there. I changed out some of the ingredients to reduce calories and used low fat milk and reduced fat cream cheese. I was able to cut the calories in half and it was absolutely amazing!

Skinny alfredo pasta in a pan.

This is just one of the recipes that you will want to continue making though out the year. I am such a huge believer in keeping things delicious but swapping out for healthier ingredients to keep your goals throughout the year practical and achievable.

And I still gotta have my carbs. My reward meal each week usually consists of going with the family to the spaghetti factory and loading up on their famous Brown Butter Mazithra Cheese Spaghetti.

This is a meal that the entire family is going to love. It comes together easily and is ready to go onto the dinner table in just about 30 minutes!

Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo pasta in a bowl with a fork.

Watch a video on how to make Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo here:

Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo pasta in a white bowl.

Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo

4.67 from 3 votes
A lightened up garlic alfredo sauce that is delicious and creamy and coats the pasta perfectly!  Half of the calories and you won’t even be able to tell! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 12 ounce whole wheat fettuchini pasta

Garlic Alfredo Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish if desired


  • In a large pot cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the minced garlics and saute for a couple of minutes until tender. Add the flour and whisk until it is starting to brown. Slowly whisk in the milk and add the cream cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and salt and pepper.
  • Continue to whisk until the cream cheese has melted and the sauce is starting to thicken. Add in the grated parmesan cheese and continue to cook for a few minutes.
  • Stir in pasta and toss to combine. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.


Serves: 6

Calories363kcal (18%)Carbohydrates50g (17%)Protein16g (32%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol30mg (10%)Sodium404mg (17%)Potassium289mg (8%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A431IU (9%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium270mg (27%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Have made this numerous times. It is so good. Happy to use milk instead of the heavy cream. Use with regular pasta or sometimes cheese stuffed ravioli and add chicken breast or thighs. Quiuck, easy and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Dieting is a terminology that i no longer use. I try to look at eliminating unhealthy or fattening items substituting less calorie items. You’ve done just that and that makes any eating lifestyle changes substanible. Thank you can’t wait to try all of these!

  3. I usually make your original sauce with heavy whipping cream, which is so delicious but too thick and heavy for us. Do you think it’s because I might have it on the heat too long? I’ve even tried to thin it with milk. Will this sauce be less thick?

  4. Thanks for sharing your low cal version Fettuccini Alfredo. Will try.

    I tried WW penne and hated it but I have tried WW angel hair that is much lighter in color and had a delicious nutty flavor to it. What brand of WW fettuccini do you suggest?

  5. This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it. I feel the same way about carbs, skip the sweets – it’s all about pasta! And the Brown Butter Spaghetti from the spaghetti factory is my favorite too. Would love to see a copycat recipe from you.

    I’m wondering what the brand of whole wheat fettuchini you used was? It looks so white in the pictures and the generic brands always taste so dense to me.

    1. All I had was a regular fettuchini on hand when photographing this recipe but I make it with whole wheat every time. 🙂

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