Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta – Budget Bytes


Stress consuming, what? Who, me? Noooo, by no means. Okay, possibly. As the countdown to my transfer out of state begins and all the things appears to be going haywire, I discover myself needing just a little consolation meals. My traditional go-to consolation meals is pasta with butter, Parmesan, and salt and pepper, however at this time I made a decision to go just a little additional and make this creamy but lightER Spinach Alfredo Pasta.

I do know, I do know, that is by no means an alfredo (I truly wished to name it “faux-fredo), however generally recipes names are a bit figurative. Real alfredo has like, a stick of butter, a pile of Parmesan, and generally (particularly when you’re in America) a whoooole lot of heavy cream. I swapped the heavy cream for entire milk, decreased the butter by loads, and used just a little cream cheese to assist thicken and stabilize the sauce.  So, it’s now not technically an alfredo, however hey, it’s shut sufficient for me to faux and really feel like I’m consuming one thing tremendous indulgent.

This pasta is certainly higher when recent (though I might NEVER flip down leftovers of this), so when you’re cooking for one or two contemplate chopping the recipe in half. Luckily, this one is tremendous straightforward to scale up or down.

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Creamy and wealthy, but by no means heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is a straightforward and satisfying consolation meals. 

  • 12
    oz
    penne pasta
    $zero.74
  • 2
    Tbsp
    butter
    $zero.27
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic, minced
    $zero.16
  • 2
    cups
    entire milk
    $zero.62
  • 6
    oz.
    cream cheese
    $1.50
  • three/four
    cup
    grated Parmesan
    $1.23
  • 1/four
    tsp
    salt
    $zero.02
  • Freshly cracked pepper
    $zero.05
  • four
    cups
    child spinach
    $1.33
  1. Bring a big pot of water to a boil to cook dinner the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook dinner till al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, put together the sauce. Add the butter and minced garlic to a deep skillet or pot and sauté over medium warmth for 1-2 minutes, or simply till the garlic is gentle and aromatic, however not brown.

  3. Turn the warmth all the way down to medium-low. Add the milk to the skillet together with the cream cheese (reduce into chunks). Heat the milk and cream cheese whereas whisking, till the cream cheese has totally melted into the milk.

  4. Whisk within the grated Parmesan cheese and proceed to whisk because the sauce comes as much as a mild simmer. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Turn the warmth all the way down to low to maintain the sauce heat. Season the sauce with 1/four tsp salt and a beneficiant quantity of freshly cracked pepper.

  5. Add the recent spinach to the sauce and stir it in till it has wilted and change into limp.

  6. Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta to the spinach alfredo sauce and stir to mix. Serve instantly.

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Sauté Garlic for Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Start by cooking 12 oz. penne pasta in keeping with the bundle instructions (boil a big pot of water, add the pasta, and proceed to boil till al dente). While the pasta is cooking, begin the “alfredo” sauce. Mince two cloves of garlic and add them to a deep skillet or pot with 2 Tbsp butter. Sauté over medium warmth for 1-2 minutes, or simply till the garlic is gentle and aromatic, however not brown.

Add Milk to Butter and Garlic

Add 2 cups of entire milk to the skillet and switch the warmth all the way down to medium-low.

Add Cream Cheese to Lighter Spinach Alfredo Sauce

Also add 6 oz. cream cheese, reduce into chunks. Heat and stir or whisk the milk and cheese till it’s totally heated by means of and the cheese has melted into the milk. You’ll need to use a whisk as soon as the cheese begins to soften.

Add Parmesan to Lighter Spinach Alfredo Sauce

Whisk three/four cup grated Parmesan into the milk sauce. Continue to whisk whereas the combination heats, permitting it to return as much as a mild simmer. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Once the Parmesan has totally melted in and the sauce has thickened, flip the warmth all the way down to low to maintain the sauce heat. Season the sauce with 1/four tsp salt and a beneficiant quantity of freshly cracked pepper.

Fresh Baby Spinach for Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Now it’s time so as to add the spinach. I purchase these large baggage of recent spinach, that are the identical quantity as these giant tubs you should buy, however it’s solely $three.99 (the big tubs are normally extra like $5.99). Anyway, add about four cups of spinach to the new alfredo sauce…

wilted Spinach in Sauce

And stir it in till it has wilted and limp. This ought to solely take a couple of minutes.

Add Cooked Pasta to Lighter Spinach Alfredo

Finally, add the cooked and drained penne pasta and stir till all the things is mixed and coated within the thick sauce.

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

And that’s it! Now you’re able to get your pasta on.

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

Seriously although, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is wealthy and creamy with out being like, “OMG I just ate a brick.” 

Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. BudgetBytes.com

I’m all about that cracked pepper. 🤤