Healthy Linguine Alfredo Pasta via @danielleomar #clean #dinner #healthyrecipe

Healthy Linguine Alfredo + Giveaway

A healthy version of a classic Italian dish, this Linguine Alfredo is easy to make with tons of creamy delicious cheesy flavor. The perfect go-to for feeding the family or an easy meal weeknight meal for one!

Healthy Linguine Alfredo

I strive to eat well and feel good about what I eat. That’s one reason I have nutrition strategies, so that I am able to enjoy favorite foods without regret. Since pasta is a favorite food, I’ve got a strategy. I call it “health it up!”

To “health it up” simply means to make a dish more nutrient-dense. I do this by adding greens, healthy fats, herbs and spices, or vegetables to the recipe. It can be as simple as stirring sauteed kale and turmeric into chili or as fancy as adding reishi mushroom extract to my green smoothie. You decide how to health up your own meals!

My “health it up” strategy is not only great for feeling good about what you’re feeding yourself and your family, but also for getting the most nutrition bang out of your food. I love knowing that I’ve upped the nutrition ante a bit by applying this simple strategy to my meals.

Healthy Linguine Alfredo Pasta via @danielleomar #clean #dinner #healthyrecipe

I created this creamy and delicious Healthy Linguine Alfredo for the folks over at Dreamfields. I was thrilled to be able to health it up in two different ways. First, I was able to use this high fiber, high protein pasta. I cook a lot with the bean-based pastas and spiralized zucchini but sometimes you just want the real thing! Dreamfields is a line of pasta made with premium durum wheat semolina from North Dakota. The semolina gives it the familiar taste and texture of traditional pasta. This pasta is also quite filling. It has 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per one cup of cooked pasta!

Healthy Linguine Alfredo is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is not healthy, but delicious! @danielleomar

The creamy sauce for this Healthy Linguine Alfredo is my second healthy addition. It’s a lovely combination of steamed cauliflower and evaporated skim milk, along with some Parmesan cheese and spices for a ton of flavor. It’s the perfect weeknight meal when you’re craving something decadent and creamy! I hope you’ll try it.

Healthy Linguine Alfredo Pasta via @danielleomar #clean #dinner #healthyrecipe

Healthy Linguine Alfredo

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Healthy Linguine Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Dreamfield’s Linguine Pasta
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets (1 small cauliflower)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable broth
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • Fresh sage or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in small saute pan and saute garlic until aromatic. Remove from heat. Place cauliflower florets in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a low boil. Once boiling, cook for another 3-5 minutes until fork tender. Drain. You can also steam or microwave these in a glass bowl, covered, for 3-4 minutes.
  2. In a high speed blender, add the cooked and drained cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, evaporated milk, sautéed garlic, vegetable broth, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Blend until very smooth and sauce like, this may take 1-2 minutes. If sauce becomes too thick, add a little more vegetable broth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and boil for the time instructed on the package. Drain the pasta and put it back into the pot. Turn heat down to low, add the cauliflower sauce to the pot with the pasta and stir in 1-2 more tablespoons Parmesan cheese, if desired. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Serve with a sprinkle of black pepper, fresh sage or parsley.

Notes

Nutrition information (1/4 of recipe): 290 calories; 15 g protein; 51 g carbohydrates; 5 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 820 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

http://foodconfidence.com/2015/04/15/healthy-linguine-alfredo/

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This is a sponsored post for Dreamfields Pasta. The recipe and my thoughts about the product are my own. 

48 replies
  1. Michelle S
    Michelle S says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m slowly learning is not about not having something, it’s about exchanging, thanks!!

  2. ali
    ali says:

    i love the concept of health it up! i am all abut nutrient dense foods and adding greens, coconut oil, nuts to dishes to boost the nutrition! An i LOVE pasta!

  3. Craig Froman
    Craig Froman says:

    Fixing more meals these days, and loving all the healthier choices out there! This looks so good, and would be perfect with shrimp and olive oil… 🙂

  4. Filiz
    Filiz says:

    My Italian husband is not a fan of heavy creamy pasta sauce, so I am going to try this one out for sure since its a healthier alternative! Thanks Danielle!

  5. Brittany
    Brittany says:

    I agree, we should be able to eat our favorite foods without regret! This recipe looks great – I LOVE Alfredo so I cant wait to try it!

  6. Christina
    Christina says:

    I’ll choose more veggies and less processed food….and cook at home more! I really want to expand my kitchen skills and recipe repertoire.

  7. Megan
    Megan says:

    I’m trying to cut out processed foods and be more aware of my purchases at the grocery store – if you don’t buy it, you don’t have it lying around the house when you are hungry.

  8. Debbie Welchert
    Debbie Welchert says:

    I’m going to eat more fruits and veggies and less of processed food. I am going to add more healthy ingredients to my recipes and take out the fatty ingredients.

  9. Barbara Montag
    Barbara Montag says:

    To health it up I get my walking shoes out again and try to drink more water.
    thank you

  10. Ashley C
    Ashley C says:

    I will health it up by trying to incorporate at least one serving of spinach into our meals every day

  11. Laurie Emerson
    Laurie Emerson says:

    I am healthing it up by eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables and not canned ones. I also switched to brown rice instead of white rice and eliminating salt from my foods.

  12. Jennifer Reed
    Jennifer Reed says:

    One way I will “health it up” in order to Spring Into Wellness is to use more whole wheat products instead of processed grains.

  13. Carla S
    Carla S says:

    I eat light versions of all dairy condiments and I have been replacing at least one meal a day with a salad.

  14. Beverly M
    Beverly M says:

    I’m hoping to walk outside more since the weather is warmer and I hope to grow some veggies this summer in my garden. Thanks!

  15. Sue C.
    Sue C. says:

    This recipe looks so good! I try to add vegetables (and fruit when appropriate) to many of my recipes to add nutrition and flavor.

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