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Karen's Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce

Karen’s Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce

A versatile sauce you’ll make again and again. Light on calories ~ big on flavor!

Serving the Alfredo Sauce with Pumpkin Stuffed Shells ~ hearty, flavorful and delicious!

The recipe uses Homemade Chicken Broth, yet use Vegetable Broth for Vegetarian.

Karen's Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce


2 tablespoons unsalted butter (organic)

1  ½ teaspoons fresh garlic, minced or finely grated 

1  ½ cups chicken broth, homemade*

1  ¼ cup milk, I used 2% (organic)

2 tablespoons heavy cream, (organic)

2 tablespoon filtered water

2 tablespoons corn starch

¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste  

⅓ cup parmegiano reggiano, finely grated, packed



Heat the butter in a heavy, one quart pan over low heat.


Add garlic and stir for one minute until fragrant, but not colored.
Add chicken broth, milk and heavy cream – bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, reducing slightly for 3 minutes.


In a small bowl combine the water and cornstarch until creamy.
Raise heat of sauce to a good simmer – whisk and add the cornstarch slurry, whisking vigorously to combine – sauce will immediately thicken. Cook just one minute.


Take off heat. Whisk in salt and parmesan cheese and whisk well.


The sauce will thicken a bit more as it cools.


I have used the sauce as a base for baked “Pumpkin Stuffed Shells with Lightened -Up Alfredo Sauce.” (See recipe.)


*use the best quality Chicken Broth preferably homemade. Can use Vegetable Broth.

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