Cheese Ravioli with a Skinny Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

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Cheese ravioli served with a rich and creamy lightened up alfredo sauce with sun-dried tomatoes that’s full of flavor and easy to make.

 

It was a nice little break from the chilly winter while it lasted.  The weather warmed up and we got to see the sun out all weekend.

We took our lil guy out and about enjoying every minute of it because we knew more snow was headed our way.

 

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When it’s cold and snowy outside, warm and comfort foods always hit the spot.

Pasta with a creamy and cheesy alfredo sauce is one of our favorite kind of comfort foods.

Ty and I used to be able to eat boatloads of creamy pasta when we were first dating but now that we are older, heavy cream doesn’t always agree with our waistline.

 

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So, with a a couple of lightened up options, we can now enjoy creamy alfredo sauce without the extra guilt.

Using lots of fresh garlic and a low or non-fat chicken broth for flavor, there’s no need for butter or heavy cream to weigh you down.

The best part is,  it’s a super easy sauce that comes together fairly quickly.

I threw in some sun-dried tomatoes but feel free to toss in whatever add-ins you feel like.  Roasted red bell peppers, mushrooms and spinach would be great in here.

You can also use homemade or any pasta you have on hand as well.

 

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Even though we’re watching the snow falling outside our window right now – we’re still smiling from the nice little break we got to enjoy — knowing that we’ll be armed with enough comfort food and lemony treats to last us until the next sunny break :)

 

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Cheese Ravioli with a Skinny Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Cheese Ravioli with a Skinny Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

Cheese ravioli served with a rich and creamy lightened up alfredo sauce with sun-dried tomatoes that's full of flavor and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • * One 9-12 ounce package of fresh refrigerated cheese ravioli (or ravioli of your choice)
  • * 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • * 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • * 1/4 - 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • * 4 tablespoons flour (I used a gluten-free blend with great results)
  • * 1 cup low sodium low-fat chicken broth
  • * 1 cup low-fat milk (I used 1%)
  • * 2/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • * 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, or more to taste
  • * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • * freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, optional for serving
  • * finely chopped fresh parsely, optional for serving

Instructions

  1. In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until garlic is fragrant and light golden. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes. IMG_3237.jpg
  4. Whisk in the flour and stir to combine, cooking the flour for about 2 minutes. IMG_3238.jpg
  5. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth followed by the milk, bringing to a low boil, stirring constantly. IMG_3241.jpg IMG_3245.jpg
  6. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring gently, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
  7. Stir in parmesan cheese until melted about 1-2 minutes. IMG_3252.jpg
  8. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick or as needed.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and toss.
  11. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired.

Notes

Feel free to use whatever pasta you prefer or have on hand instead of ravioli.

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Slightly adapted from: Rachel Ray

Comments

  1. Sarah - Bread & Batters says:

    We are big creamy pasta fans and I love this lightened up version! It looks deeelish!!!

  2. Kelly – this skinny Alfredo sauce sounds incredible! Adding sundried tomatoes to it is such a brilliant idea! I have never liked alfredo because it was just all cream and butter (yes I am weird like that) but with the Sun-d toms and garlic – this even I find mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing – hope your week is off to a great start!
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  3. Glad you got a little bit of sun. Spring is just around the corner! Which mean summer is too. Which means it’s almost bikini season, and I will definitely need to be having more of these skinny meals : )
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  4. Love creamy pasta!! And sun-dried tomatoes are the BEST. This seriously looks like the best comfort food Kelly! Hope you had a great weekend :)
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  5. The perfect comfort food meal! We just adore sun-dried tomatoes with our pasta…especially ravioli. LOVE that the sauce is lightened up, too. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week, Kelly!

  6. I always love a lighter pasta sauce, and I’m loving these lighter recipes you’ve been posting recently, Kelly! Those sun dried tomatoes were a great add-in to choose because not only do they taste awesome, they provide that nice little pop of colour in your photos. :)
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  7. Marion @ Make This Dish says:

    Kelly, I love this skinnier alfredo sauce! Hooray, now I can still satisfy my creamy pasta fix and still fit in my skinny jeans!

  8. Love sun-dried tomatoes. Best thing ever, until you add them into an alfredo sauce and then they are like a zillion times better. Love this recipe Kelly!

  9. What a great dish love! A perfect combo!

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  10. Simply quicky but yet elegant dish …
    Lovin it all the way, i still had a bunch of my homemade sun dried plum tomatoes and i guess i’m gonna use this recipe!!!

  11. This sounds like perfect guilt-free comfort food! Glad you enjoyed the warm weather while it lasted!

  12. This will be a perfect dinner anyway!!! So beautiful too. I love sun dried tomatoes.

  13. Yum! This looks like the absolute perfect dinner on a Monday night!

  14. I love creamy recipes!!!! Especially with this chilly weather lovely recipe Kelly!!!

  15. I can’t say no to some creamy pasta, but I know what you mean with the waistline so thanks for thinking of that in this recipe! It looks so yummy!
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  16. I love (and need) a lightened up cream sauce! I was just like you – I’d order alfredo any chance I got back in the day…now, not so much. It just sticks with me and I marvel at how I managed to eat so many rich things when I was a youngster. It’s really a little sad but luckily, these lightened up options like your delicious plate of goodness here here hits the spot, too!

  17. Now this is dinner! <3 it!
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  18. YUM! I love pasta dishes and I like how you lightened up this version… great recipe Kelly!
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  19. I’m loving this light version of pasta! I’m all in for creamy pasta and to have it lighter is a blessing – not to mention I love sun-dried tomatoes! Great recipe Kelly – thanks for sharing!
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  20. yum! such a comforting dish!

  21. I love, love, love sun dried tomatoes! Tho pasta looks so comforting and I can’t believe it’s skinny! Sounds like another must-make recipe for us!

  22. I need this dinner in my life. Yum Kelly!!! I just made a cheesy sundried tomato something yesterday. Sooo good! I think this needs to be on my meal plan next week! Gotta have it!
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  23. Did you say skinny? I’m not sure it would be skinny for me, because I would probably eat more than I should. I love anything with sundried tomatoes and the double cheesy goodness is amazing! I hope that you are doing well, Kelly! Have a great week!
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  24. This sounds and looks divine, Kelly! I love making homemade Ravioli- so definitely need to give this one a go! :)
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  25. This looks amazing!!!! I can’t believe that the sauce is skinny!! Usually those kinds of sauces are loaded with fat and calories… this looks delicious!
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  26. This looks like such a delicious comfort dish! Love this pasta – it has my favourite two ingredients – cheese and tomatoes!! :)

  27. Kel this sounds awesome! and looks even more awesome!! The ingredients sound perfect, and you don’t miss out on flavor even though it is “skinny.” Who doesn’t love pasta? I totally feel less guilty eating it in the winter months. Little jealous that you have warmer weather..still horribly cold in Minnesota. Hopefully it will end soon. Have a fabulous week ;)

  28. What perfect timing for you to share this recipe! I have some cheese ravioli that I was just trying to figure out what do do with and NOW I know :D This looks delicious and I just love, love sun dried tomatoes. This is what is for dinner tonight! Thanks :D

  29. I like the additional flavor of the sun dried tomatoes.
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  30. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says:

    I love this lighter version of alfredo! It looks delicious. :)
    I love family time. :)
    PS I think my comments are going to your spam. :(

  31. A lighter creamy sauce is always a winner. Thanks for sharing!

  32. We are huge creamy pasta fans… and I’m loving every part of this skinny action. I really find the chicken broth to be very creative!
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  33. This is great – no cream! This looks really tasty especially with the sun-dried tomatoes.

  34. This looks incredible, Kelly! I don’t like heavy cream sauces — this one looks perfectly light and flavorful. I’ve been playing around with gluten free flours lately so I love that you used that here…we can all benefit from going gluten free sometimes! It’s time for bed, and now I’m craving this pasta!
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  35. Gorgeous AND delicious!!! My family would love this!!!

  36. Ooh, this looks SO wonderful! Even though it’s breakfast time here, I’d totally go for a plate of this right now. YUM! You always have the tastiest dishes. =)

  37. This pasta looks so good Kelly! Nice and comforting. And with the sun-dried tomatoes … I love them. And I actually just bought a jar today at the store! Some pasta may be in my future!
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  38. Kelly, nothing makes me happier than a big plate of pasta and I love that you lightened things up a bit to help me feel better about eating it :) This looks so, so good!
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  39. What a tasty recipe! I wish I had a plate of that ravioli on my table tonight! :) ela

  40. I love quick and easy meals like this. Pinning to my pasta board. Would love for you to linkup at the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop on Thursday 27th at 5PM EST.
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  41. Looks just as yummy as the heavy-cream-version! We love pasta and my son loves cheese, so will consider making this sauce! Thanks!
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  42. ravioli is so lovely. i love the sound and look of this x
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  43. What a beautiful pasta dish Kelly, I too love pasta in creamy sauce…and yes the idea of skinny just sound perfect.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week Kelly :D

  44. Oh BABY! I cannot believe that this is a skinnier recipe! It looks so decadent, and delicious. YES PLEASE!

  45. Sundried tomatoes are one of my all-time fave ingredients. They brighten up any dish!
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  46. Ravioli is one of my favorite meals! I order it almost every time I go to an Italian restaurant! I love that you lightened this version up because I am a bit more careful now that I’m older of all that heavy cream sauce!! :)

  47. I love your lightened version of Alfredo. With that sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, I am sure the sauce must be packed with amazing flavors! I am always worried about making cream sauce, because they are always fatty. But yours looks great! I will be trying it!
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  48. I love pasta but don’t get it often because it can be heavy. Love that this is a skinny version! I wouldn’t have thought you could make a skinny alfredo, but this looks and sounds fantastic. Will have to try it soon!

  49. Sun-dried tomato cream sauce is one of the most delicious things ever! My whole family would love this.

  50. Kelly, I love that you have created a skinny alfredo sauce! I love the yummy creaminess of alfredo, but the unnecessary fat. Your sauce is so simple and I love that uses a lot of garlic. Garlic cooking is one of my favorite smells.

    I hope you are doing well, Kelly. Have a great weekend!
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  51. Love your skinnied up alfredo sauce Kelly! My boys love sun-dried tomatoes so I’m sure they’d enjoy this.
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  52. What a brilliant idea to lighten up this Alfredo Sauce! It looks every bit as creamy and delish as the real deal – I bet it pairs wonderfully with ravioli. This dish looks absolutely comforting and would be perfect for this cooler weather!
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend! xxx
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  53. I LOVEEEEE creamy white sauce pastas but just like you mentioned, having them regularly makes me want to think twice, thrice..okay a million times since I easily put on weight at the sniff of creamy foods! This is just such a welcome change to the weight issues! I’m sooooo excited after reading this post! I can’t wait to try this for lunch tomorrow! :)
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  54. Ohhh, this is comfort food at its best!! :) I’m in love with the lighter Alfredo sauce! My family would just love this, so I’ll be adding this to my “must try” meals!

  55. Sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce?!? I need :D
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  56. I don’t know when was the last time I had ravioli, but I really want some right now! I had sauerkraut pierogies in creamy alfredo sauce few weeks ago – and it makes me think of your dish, ahhh I need some right now! I’ve been having Peruvian food lately that week – mostly Lomo Saltado “stir-fry potato/tomatoes/onions/gluten in soy sauce!” I love pasta with creamy & cheezy alfredo sauces – it’s so good! I like the idea of adding sun-dried tomatoes, yummmm, I wanna try that sometimes! I hope you are having an amazing weekend, Kelly! Oh, I wanted to add that I’m heading to Hong Kong next month – got any favorite spots to visit? It’s my first time to visit!

    • Thanks so much Rika – you are so sweet – yum all the food you have always sounds sooo good! Yay for heating to Hong Kong – I loved it when we visited – the food is amazing just about anywhere you go. You definitely have to hit up the avenue of stars, lantau island, Tong Choy street for the ladies market at night, Tsim Sha Tsui is the touristy area, Central has some higher end malls called The Landmark, Pacific Place and IFC. Locals usually hang around Mong Kok but it’s usually safer to head there only in the day. Hope that helps and hope you have an amazing time on your trip :)

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