Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli {a lighter quicker remix}

by Megan on March 28, 2011

I never feel weird about heavy cream in sweets, but sometimes I feel like there’s no dessert allowed if there’s heavy cream in my dinner. … and I always want dessert.

This version of Fettuccine Alfredo is made without heavy cream. It’s thickened with some butter, cream cheese, and a heaping 1/2 cup of grated parmesan.

I like this with plenty of broccoli and sometimes chicken.

For this, I bought the good pasta; the kind cuddled in nests with crimped edges.

Below is the perfect bite. I’m into the crunch of the broccoli and the swirly twirly bite of pasta. I’ve been making this for years, so I figured it was time to fill you guys in!

Fettuccini Alfredo with Broccoli {a lighter quicker remix}
Recipe adapted from kraft


  • 4 oz. cream cheese (I used Neufatel cheese)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 t white pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, pressed; divided
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cluster of broccoli, I used 3 small heads (see photo above)
  • 8 oz. fettuccine
  • nutmeg for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta and a smaller pot of water for the broccoli.
  2. Prepare the broccoli by cutting it into florets. Blanch it in boiling water until brightened in color, 2-3 minutes. Pour into a strainer and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking further. Wipe out the same pot and heat olive oil over medium heat. Press one garlic clove into the warm oil and saute until fragrant. Add the broccoli to the pan and toss with the garlic oil, sautéing for a couple minutes. Remove from heat. Add the pasta to the boiling water, and cook while preparing the Alfredo sauce.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, parmesan, milk, butter, pepper, and garlic (1 or 2 cloves, to taste) in a dutch oven and cook on medium-low until the mixture is melted and well blended. Whisk until smooth. Taste and add salt as needed. Add the hot, cooked and drained fettuccine noodles and broccoli. Toss with the alfredo sauce. Serve sprinkled with nutmeg.

Elliot with his new lobster toy, his total BFF.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

mum March 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

Hmmm, this may be the perfect way to use some of MY pasta nests!! Looks delish!


Megan (megabite) March 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

I bet you’d sure love it!


Lora March 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

I’ve made that before because you gave me the recipe- it’s SOOOOOOO good. Might end up on my grocery list soon.


Megan (megabite) March 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

That’s right, guuurl. This recipe is an oldie. I still love it though.


Crepes of Wrath March 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love this recipe, and I love the pink leggings even more!


Megan (megabite) March 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

oooh, thanks! I can’t get enough bright tights and leggings in my life. I think they’re the only thing I’ll miss come summer.


Kerri March 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Ooo. La. La. Oh wait,that would be french, not italian. Anyways, YUM! Those are cool noodles. Where do you get them?


Megan (megabite) March 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm


I got these at Holiday Market, a gourmet market in Royal Oak. They are tasty!


Dana March 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This looks so good. Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables ever, and I agree, the texture of broccoli with pasta is great.


Abbey April 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Ahh! Where did you find nested pasta? I can never find it anywhere, even at Italian markets and such. I don’t get it!


Megan (megabite) April 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

Holiday Market, in Royal Oak! Are you home from school? I think you need it!! <3


Lucy April 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

Oh yum, that’s dinner sorted then! There’s something about green veg in any kind of pasta dish that feels like it cancels out the carb!


Megan (megabite) April 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

That’s totally it! Then I can eat extra and feel ok about it. 🙂


Abbey April 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I’m not home yet. Boo! I’ll stock up next time I’m home!


Michelle February 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Just made this tonite and it was wonderful! Thank you!


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