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Light and Easy Alfredo

 
One serving costs about $1.06

$1.06 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 15 minutes

Ready in 15 minutes

2 lunch,main course,main dish,dinner Mediterranean,Italian,European
spoonacular Score:38%

Spoonacular Score: 38%

 

Light and Easy Alfredo might be just the Mediterranean recipe you are searching for. For $1.06 per serving, this recipe covers 13% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One serving contains 501 calories, 16g of protein, and 32g of fat. It works best as a main course, and is done in around 15 minutes. Only a few people made this recipe, and 1 would say it hit the spot. A mixture of salt and pepper, parmesan cheese, garlic, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so tasty. To use up the butter you could follow this main course with the Cinnamon Butter Cake as a dessert. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 40%. This score is not so awesome. Try Light Fettuccine Alfredo, Fettuccine Alfredo Light, and light chicken broccoli alfredo for similar recipes.

Ingredients

Servings:
3 Tbsps
3 Tbsps butter
butter
2 cups
2 cups cooked pasta
cooked pasta
2 cloves
2 cloves garlic
garlic
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp olive oil
olive oil
0.5 cup
0.5 cup parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp parsley
parsley
some
some salt and pepper
salt and pepper
3 Tbsps butter
3 Tbsps
butter
2 cups cooked pasta
2 cups
cooked pasta
2 cloves garlic
2 cloves
garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp
olive oil
0.5 cup parmesan cheese
0.5 cup
parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp
parsley
some salt and pepper
some
salt and pepper

Equipment

frying pan
frying pan
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

  1. In a hot pan, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic for 15 seconds
  2. Then add the pasta that is cooked, then the butter, parmesan cheese and parsley
  3. Cook till the butter, cheese and garlic flavors blend in well together for about 10 minutes
  4. Serve it hot with some fresh mint leaves and parmesan cheese on the side for extra cheesiness.

Read the detailed instructions on Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.06
Ingredient
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups cooked pasta
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cups parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon parsley
Price
$0.36
$0.25
$0.13
$0.17
$1.05
$0.16
$2.12

Tips

Health Tips

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.

  • The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

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Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • If you're using olive oil to cook at high temperatures, make sure that the olive oil you're using has a high smoke point because heating an oil past its smoke point can ruin the flavor and even release harmful compounds into your dish. Many people recommend saving extra-virgin olive oil for cold dishes or for adding the finishing touch to a warm dish. You could also use canola oil, coconut oil, or another good high-temperature oil to be on the safe side.

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Green Tips

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
501k Calories
16g Protein
31g Total Fat
38g Carbs
5% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
501k
25%

Fat
31g
49%

  Saturated Fat
16g
100%

Carbohydrates
38g
13%

  Sugar
0.92g
1%

Cholesterol
62mg
21%

Sodium
747mg
32%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
16g
32%

Selenium
37µg
53%

Vitamin K
38µg
37%

Calcium
317mg
32%

Phosphorus
252mg
25%

Manganese
0.44mg
22%

Vitamin A
888IU
18%

Vitamin E
1mg
11%

Iron
1mg
11%

Zinc
1mg
9%

Fiber
2g
9%

Magnesium
34mg
9%

Vitamin B2
0.12mg
7%

Copper
0.14mg
7%

Vitamin B6
0.12mg
6%

Vitamin B12
0.34µg
6%

Vitamin C
3mg
4%

Folate
13µg
3%

Vitamin B3
0.59mg
3%

Vitamin B5
0.29mg
3%

Potassium
102mg
3%

Vitamin D
0.44µg
3%

Vitamin B1
0.04mg
3%

covered percent of daily need

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