One of the most common sauces you will encounter in the Western world is Alfredo sauce.
It is a favorite to be used in any pasta dish, and you will likely have tried it at least once in your lifetime, even if you cannot remember it.
It is a dish traditionally made of butter, parmesan cheese, eggs, and noodles, however, over the years this dish has adapted to include heavy cream as part of its ingredients.
But today we are looking at a recipe that takes this dish back to its roots, by replacing the heavy cream with milk.
So with no further ado, let’s take a look at how you can make a yummy alfredo sauce without milk for your next meal.
Why might you replace the heavy cream?
As you read this, you might find yourself asking ‘Why should I replace the heavy cream?’, and that is a perfectly good question.
You might be wondering why you would want to adjust a dish that is already so yummy, but there are a few reasons behind this.
As its name suggests, heavy cream is a heavy ingredient. It is incredibly high in fat, and this can prove too much for some people.
If you have to follow a low-fat diet, or you are trying to lose weight, the heavy cream could put you off eating an alfredo sauce.
So the easiest way to reduce the fat content in this dish is simply to replace the heavy cream. There are a variety of different things that you can use to substitute the heavy cream, however, the majority of these ingredients also alter the taste and texture of the dish.
Using milk as a replacement for the heavy cream is our favorite option because it does not alter the taste and texture of the alfredo sauce.
Instead, it gives you a yummy alfredo sauce which tastes exactly like normal, with plenty of texture and creaminess so that you can enjoy this low-fat alternative without noticing the difference.
Before we get into the method of how you bake your alfredo sauce with milk, let’s take a look at the ingredients that you will need.
What you Need
Before we move onto how you can make your alfredo sauce with milk, let’s take a look at all the ingredients that you need for the dish.
For the best results, we recommend gathering and measuring your ingredients before you turn on your oven.
Preparation is key for any cooking you will complete, and it is especially important when you are cooking a sauce for a dish.
To make an alfredo sauce with milk, you will need:
- 1 cup of cheese (preferably mozzarella)
- ½ cup of butter
- ½ cup of flour (preferably wheat flour)
- 2 cups of whole milk
- ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
Alfredo sauce is a great option for a quick meal, as you will usually have the majority of the ingredients that you need in your home. It is easy to make, and a great dish to quickly throw together when you don’t want to cook.
So once you have gathered all the ingredients, follow this recipe and you will have a yummy alfredo sauce ready to eat, without all the fat that heavy cream adds to the dish.
What you Need to Do
If you fancy a yummy meal that contains alfredo sauce but don’t want all the nasty fat content that usually comes with this meal, you are in the right place.
Our recipe for alfredo sauce excludes the heavy cream and replaces it with milk for a low-fat option that is just as yummy. You won’t even be able to notice that the heavy cream is missing.
Once you have measured out all of the ingredients that we have listed above, the first thing you need to do is turn on your stove. For the best alfredo sauce, low and slow is the way, so while it might take a little while longer, we recommend turning your stove on low heat.
Allow your pan to heat for a moment, before adding the ½ cup of butter that you measured earlier. You should take a spoon, preferably a wooden spoon, and stir the butter gently until all of the pan’s contents have melted.
After your butter has completely melted, you should then take the ½ cup of wheat flour that you have measured. You will also need a sieve or a strainer for this part.
You want the individual parts of flour to be as small as possible for them to mix properly with the butter, so you should sieve or strain the flour before adding it to the melted butter. Once you have added the flour, you should take a whisk or hand mixer and combine the flour with the melted butter.
The butter and flour will be thoroughly combined when they form a paste-like mixture, you should continue to whisk the ingredients together until this happens.
Once you are happy that the mixture is the correct consistency, you should add one cup of milk to it.
You should stir these three ingredients thoroughly, ensuring that there are no lumps within its texture. Once all of these ingredients are combined, you should add the second cup of milk and repeat the mixing process.
While continuing to stir the mixture, you should then begin to add the cheese to the sauce. You should begin this by first adding the mozzarella cheese, and add it a little at a time, ensuring that it is thoroughly mixed in before you add more.
Once you have added all of your mozzarella, you should then add the parmesan cheese to the mixture. While you do this, you should constantly mix the ingredients, ensuring that no lumps of cheese or flour remain in the recipe.
After these ingredients have been added, you will be able to use the sauce in a meal. However, we also recommend including salt, pepper, and oregano to add more flavor to the sauce.
You should add your teaspoon of oregano, along with a pinch of salt and pepper then stir the mixture thoroughly for approximately 5 minutes.
After this time has passed, the sauce should become thick and this means that it is ready to use with fettuccine or whichever pasta you prefer.
Other Things you can Add
For some people, alfredo sauce is a bit too bland. After all, it is a base sauce, and it does not contain many different flavors, so it is understandable that you might want to make alterations to your sauce.
As well as replacing heavy cream with milk to reduce the fat content, you can add ingredients to the dish to alter the flavor.
You could add other herbs, as well as the oregano, to your dish to create a better depth to the flavor. Alternatively, you could add some vegetables into the mix, or even chicken if you like to have meat in a pasta dish.
Alfredo sauce is so popular because it is easily adaptable to you, so you should try and add different ingredients to the sauce until you find the flavor that works perfectly for you.
In short, you might choose to replace the heavy cream in your alfredo sauce with milk to reduce the fat content.
If you wish to do this but don’t know where to begin, we’ve put together this handy recipe that shows you how to easily make alfredo sauce with no heavy cream.