Zucchini Noodle Alfredo Recipe
Zucchini Noodles 101Why zucchini? Here's the skinny... A single cup of regular prepared pasta has around 200 calories and 40 grams of carbs (SmartPoints® value 5*). That's a lot for such a measly portion size. With cooked zucchini noodles, on the other hand, you can have TWO cups for about 70 calories and 14 grams of carbs (SmartPoints® value 0*). The zucchini also has about 4 grams of filling fiber. SOLD.
Recipe time! And zucchini isn't the only calorie-saving secret ingredient -- this Alfredo sauce is made with pureed cauliflower! You've gotta try it to believe it...
Cook: 10 minutes
28 oz. (about 4 medium) zucchini
4 cups roughly chopped cauliflower
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup fat-free milk
Optional topping: chopped fresh basil
Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (If you don't have a spiral veggie slicer, peel zucchini into thin strips, rotating the zucchini after each strip.) Roughly chop for shorter noodles.
Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes, or until soft. Drain excess liquid.
In a blender or food processor, combine cooked cauliflower, 1/4 cup Parm, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add milk and 3 tbsp. warm water. Blend on high speed until smooth and uniform.
Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir zucchini noodles until hot and slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
Transfer noodles to a strainer, and thoroughly drain excess liquid.
Combine drained noodles and sauce in a large bowl and mix well. Reheat, if needed.
Top each serving with 1/2 tbsp. of remaining Parm.
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
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