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Lightened Up Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo

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Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo in a pan.



Today we are giving a big huge virtual hug to my favorite whole wheat pasta makers at DeLallo for sponsoring this post. Pasta, pasta, and more pasta!

Once upon a time, I had this idea to make an Alfredo sauce out of cauliflower. Remember that? Throwbaaack.

I loved it, you loved it, we all loved it together. It was 2012 and life was good.

In the years since that recipe came to life, it’s been so nice to have a healthier alternative to traditional cream-and-butter Alfredo sauce in my virtual recipe box all this time, but the fettuccine? Yikes. Over the years, as we’ve tried to cut back on refined grains, I have found it really, really hard to find whole wheat fettuccine. And believe me, as the resident noodle lover in the family, I have been looking.

Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo with tongs.

Today, my fettuccine Alfredo loving self is celebrating big time.

Because this recipe features my favorite cauliflower Alfredo sauce, per the usual, but this time it’s all cozied up with… wait for it… DeLallo’s whole wheat fettuccine.

And sweet peas. And crumbled bacon. And parsley, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and love. Because that feels springy, right? Ahhhhmmm yes.

Cauliflower in a blender.
Frozen peas.
Bacon.
Whole wheat noodles.

I mentioned in my Target post last week that DeLallo is by far and away my favorite brand for whole wheat pasta, and I do not mess around when it comes to whole wheat pasta. It’s gotta be good, or else just give me the regular stuff.

Thankfully, DeLallo’s whole wheat pasta is REALLY GOOD. The taste and texture is unbeatable. It’s made with traditional bronze plates for a rough, kind of rustic-looking surface that will literally, er, kind of literally, hug your sauces AND YES I JUST SAID HUG YOUR SAUCES.

Hello? Best thing ever?

Whole Wheat Fettuccine noodles.

After trying out their products (sauces, pastas, and beyond) for the last year or so, I so appreciate that DeLallo is committed to using only the best ingredients, many of them being organic. Thank you, DeLallo! Bonus points for you – and us.

I also love that I can find their products at most of our local grocery stores, and they have 15 other varieties of whole wheat pasta ranging from stuff you’ve never even heard of to your pantry basics like penne and spaghetti. You guys, I am obsessed.

You can think you don’t like whole wheat pasta, but I’m going to have to break it to you: you’re actually wrong about yourself. This whole wheat fettuccine alfredo is going to seduce you into the whole wheat pasta lovers’ spell starting in three, two, one.

Yep. There it is.

Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo in a pan.
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Lightened Up Fettuccine Alfredo in a pan with tongs.

Lightened Up Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo


Description

Lightened Up Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo – a classic, simple, healthy way to enjoy everyone’s favorite pasta! Yum, yum, and yum.


Ingredients

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For the Sauce:

  • 6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For the Fettuccine

  • 68 slices bacon
  • 1 lb. DeLallo whole wheat fettuccine (reserve cooking water)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh peas
  • parsley, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and/or a dash of nutmeg for topping

Instructions

  1. For the sauce, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 5-6 minutes, until fork tender. Drain the water off and transfer cauliflower to a blender. Meanwhile, saute the minced garlic in the butter over very low heat for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant. Add the broth, sautéed garlic, and salt. Puree until very smooth.
  2. Cook the bacon (I baked mine for about 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees). Crumble and set aside.
  3. Bring another pot of water to boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente. Drain and reserve the water. Add the sauce, bacon, Parmesan, and peas to the pasta as well as 1/2 cup or more of reserved pasta water (it’s starchy so it helps the texture). Return to low heat and stir very gently – the fettuccine breaks fairly easily. When everything is heated through, remove from the heat and serve topped with parsley, salt, pepper, and if you like, a dash of nutmeg or extra Parmesan.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: fettuccine alfredo, healthy fettuccine alfredo, whole wheat pasta, healthy pasta recipe

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Thanks again to DeLallo for sponsoring this post!

Lightened Up Whole Wheat Fettuccine Alfredo - a healthy alternative that's made with a cauliflower sauce and whole wheat noodles. 350 calories!

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    Janice Soriano

    This looks so yummy and healthy! I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks great. I am always looking for a fettuccine recipe that is a little more forgiving than the traditional version. Your photos are absolutely beautiful…It’s early in the morning and I’m already craving pasta! ha! Thanks for sharing.

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    Kayla Mueller

    Extra hugs to DeLallo for gluten free pasta options! Can’t wait to try this (because pasta + bacon = why would I eat anything else)

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I once made alfredo sauce. *Once*. It was delicious but oh-so-not-light. Since then I haven’t made it, but I have to try this recipe! Who knew cauliflower could be made into alfredo sauce?! (Or maybe everyone knew but me…ha) 🙂

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    Erin R.

    Oh, GOOD HEAVENS, yes! My husb and I fix homemade whole wheat noodles for dinner every Wednesday (half an hour, start to finish) which I love and look forward to, but I do sometimes wish for some of the other cute pasta shapes. I’ve heard such good things about DeLallo I really must pick some up and try it out one of these days. Orecchiette? Fusilli? Sold! We’ve become so spoiled that we haven’t bought packaged pasta in years, but this is now on my radar. Thanks.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Whole wheat pasta and whole wheat tortillas are the two things I still can’t get on board with, so I’m super interested in trying this stuff to see if you’re right!

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    HeyBeckyJ

    I picked up a package of DeLallo’s whole wheat pasta after another blog I read mentioned it. And it lives up to the hype! It has a great texture, and I love the “roughened” surface of the noodles. Even my whole-wheat-pasta-hating husband says it’s pretty good.

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      Thanks Medha! This was really hard to photograph (colors and textures are kind of dulled by the sauce) so I appreciate the feedback!

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    Kayla sanders

    Hey there!

    About how many heads of cauliflower are needed for 6 cups of florets?

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    Brittany W

    I CANNOT BELIEVE that cauliflower sauce is from 2012 – I remember making it right after you posted it! Time flies. I’m def putting this on next week’s menu!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looooooove DeLallo’s pastas and so glad to be on their team with you! This fettuccine looks amazing, Lindsay!