Fettuccine Alfredo was my first favorite pasta dish. Growing up, we would go to Olive Garden and I would enjoy a big bowl of the pasta with an extra side of alfredo sauce to dip my breadsticks in. Then I got older and read something about this dish being a "heart attack on a plate". Hmmmm, that doesn't sound too healthy! So I have curbed my passion for my favorite pasta and very rarely eat it. So when I got an issue of Cooking Light in the mail and it had a recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon I immediately tore it out and put in my recipe file. I pulled it out tonight and it was definitely a great, light version of my classic favorite.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon
From Cooking Light
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh fettuccine (REALLY important to use fresh!)
2 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I left this out)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings. Add garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle flour over garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly; cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and slightly thick, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Gradually add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in salt and reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add hot pasta to pan; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with bacon, parsley, and pepper.