• Porcini Fettucine Alfredo

Porcini Fettucine Alfredo (Light version)

Porcini Fettuccine Aflredo is officially my major comfort food this autumn and definitely on top of my autumn recipe list, specially considering the fact that I absolutely crazy about porcini mushrooms. Since I figured there are already lots of restaurant-style fettuccine alfredo recipes in the internet, this time I have decided to go a little healthier and present a “lighter” version of Fettuccine Alfredo, made with light whipped cream cheese. No worries it is still very creamy, thick and full of flavor. However you can feel less guilty about eating a whole plate of this delicious pasta. I also recommend use olive oil instead of butter and whole wheat pasta instead of a regular one. Those small twists will make a big difference.

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Bon Appetite! Eat delicious food and stay fit.

Porcini Fettucine Alfredo (Light version)

Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • dried porcini mushrooms - 3/4 cup
  • boiling water - 1 cup
  • whole wheat fettuccine - 12 oz
  • garlic - 1 clove, finely chopped
  • shallot - 1, finely chopped
  • light whipped cream cheese - 8 oz
  • heavy cream - 1/3 cup
  • freshly grated Parmesan - 1/3 cup
  • lemon zest - 1/2 teaspoon, optional
  • parsley - 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1 cup boiling water and mushrooms in a small bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft.
  2. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup of soaking liquid. Chop the mushrooms.
  3. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions, in generously salted water.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  5. Then add shallot and mushrooms; sauté 5 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add cream cheese and heavy cream, bring to a boil. Stir in salt, pepper, lemon zest (optional), Parmesan and reserved mushroom soaking liquid; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Add pasta, toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and chives. Serve immediately.

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