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Low-fat Smoked Salmon Alfredo With A Kick

  • Author: Sharon Matten


By using low fat cream cheese and reduced fat milk you can make a creamy and decadent alfredo without it being a “heart attack on a plate”. The spinach pasta is delicious and not too complicated to make – and it has spinach = healthy!!


  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced (1 small)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • 3 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup skim milk


  1. In a medium 2 ½ quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  2. Increase heat to medium, add onion, and sauté until clear, around 2 minutes.
  3. Add crushed red pepper and sauté for another minute to bring out the flavor of the pepper.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and blend in cream cheese and stir until mixture is smooth.
  5. Stir in salmon, parsley, black pepper and nutmeg until combined.
  6. Whisk in flour until completely absorbed.
  7. Slowly add milk and whisk over medium heat until the sauce thickens, 3-5 minutes.


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