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Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce

This low-fat Greek yogurt Alfredo sauce was a happy mistake. I started out making my standard Alfredo sauce, but something happened. And this is the result of a mistake that turned out just as well … or maybe even better.

Silver Lining for Cooking Mistakes

Plate of low-fat Greek yogurt Alfredo pasta with turkey, broccoli, and tomatoes

When you mess up a recipe, you just might discover something you like as much as what you planned. That’s exactly what happened with this one.

I suppose it’s that silver lining concept. This time it was so true.

I’ve made Alfredo sauce a few times, so I thought it would be super easy to make it. Then this happened.

At first, I was upset. And then I tasted it. Whoa.

It was really good. In fact, I think I like it as much as what I’d originally set out to make. My mood instantly lifted.

But then, I thought about whether or not I should post it on my blog. Right after I saw what happened, I thought maybe not.

However, this recipe is too good to keep to myself … and my friend Julie from Back to My Southern Roots talked me into it. So I decided to share it and let you know how it came to be.

Although I enjoy the creaminess of my traditional Alfredo sauce, the flavors of the spices came though more this time.

Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

I left out (actually, forgot) the heavy cream, which is why it didn’t turn out like I intended. However, I’m really happy with the outcome.

Another bonus is that it’s lower in calories and fat without the cream. So it’s a double win!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt (any brand of full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any kind you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, salt, almond milk, parsley, pepper, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, minced garlic, and butter

I like to include more ingredients to add interest and nutrition to any pasta sauce. If you have any leftover meat or vegetables, toss those into the sauce.

If you load this up with add-ons, it doesn’t matter whether you use full-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt.

However, if you’re relying on the sauce for all of the flavor and you want to keep it lower in calories, use a low-fat or fat-free version.

How to Make Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce

I always recommend having all of the ingredients measured and ready to mix. That way, you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.

If it’s important to get it right and not make a mistake, double-check all of your items. However, I’m actually glad I didn’t do that this time, or I wouldn’t have discovered this recipe.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the Greek yogurt, butter, and milk. 

yogurt, butter, and milk in a saucepan

Stir until all of the ingredients are melted and blended. It doesn’t take long, so don’t leave during the process.

Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir again.

seasonings added to the sauce

As soon as it starts to simmer, remove it from the heat.

Otherwise, the milk solids will begin to clabber.

low fat Greek yogurt Alfredo sauce with pasta, turkey, and vegetables

You can mix in cooked turkey, chicken, or ground beef if you like. I used leftover turkey from a holiday meal.

Other items you can add include vegetables left over from your last meal. I chopped up some tomatoes for my husband and added broccoli to mine.

lows-fat Greek yogurt Alfredo sauce in a jar and mixed with pasta, turkey, and vegetables

More Recipes for Leftover Turkey

If you like homemade soup, you can alter this chicken and rice soup and use turkey. It’s just as good, and it’s a way to use up some of your leftovers.

You can also swap out the chicken and use turkey in this Greek chicken and zoodles recipe. This is almost guaranteed to be a huge hit since it’s loaded with so much wonderful flavor.

Paula has this wonderful avocado chicken salad recipe on her blog, Call Me PMC. It’s nutritious and absolutely delicious, even when you use turkey instead of chicken.

We eat a lot of chicken salad around our house, but after any holiday that involves leftover turkey, I swap out the meat. It’s so good and quickly gets gobbled right up.

If you enjoy Italian flavors, use turkey instead of chicken in this Italian chicken zucchini casserole. It’s just as good, and you can put even more yummy turkey to use.

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 6 servings

Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce in a mason jar

Greek yogurt adds a ton of extra flavor to this delicious Alfredo sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any kind you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the Greek yogurt, butter, and milk. Stir until all of the ingredients are melted and blended.
  2. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. As soon as it starts to simmer, remove it from the heat.
  4. You can mix in cooked turkey, chicken, or ground beef if you like. (I used leftover turkey from a holiday meal.)
  5. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Notes

  • You may add other ingredients, such as broccoli, tomatoes, diced onion, celery, or diced peppers.
  • If you want to make the sauce to use later, put it in an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to a week. It becomes solid when refrigerated, so add a tablespoon of water when you heat it up.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 128Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 331mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 10g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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