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weight watchers best recipes | Skinny Alfredo Macaroni and Cheese POINTS PLUS 7


2⅓ cups (dry, uncooked) Whole Grain Elbows pasta or penne, see shopping tips

! tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

1 (15 oz) jar Classico Light Alfredo Sauce, see shopping tips

1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

½ cup fat-free milk

A little black pepper, to taste

¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Scallions or fresh chives, minced for garish, optional


1. Cook pasta al dente (for about 6-7 minutes so it will not be overcooked). No need to add salt to water. Drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again.

2. In a large pan, melt the butter. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Over medium heat, add in the Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese and milk. Mix until well blended. Stir in cooked pasta. Add a little pepper, if desired. Heat for a few minutes until hot. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mix well.

3. Spoon 1 cup serving into each bowl. Top with a little scallions or chives, if desired.

Makes 6 servings  (1 cup each)

Healthy Benefit
I love the fiber-rich whole grain pasta available in the supermarket today. Barilla Whole Grain Elbows contains 6 grams of fiber for a 2 ounce serving!

Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving
263 calories, 7g fat, 13g chol, 13g prot, 39g carbs, 5g fiber, 497mg sodium, 6g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 package Stouffer’s Fettuccini Alfredo
630 calories, 35g fat, 50mg chol, 15g prot, 63g carbs, 3g fiber, 840mg sodium, 2g sugar