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. says

    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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  2. says

    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. :)
    Katy recently posted…Rosemary and Cheddar Soda Bread

  3. 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!

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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 ;)

  6. says

    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

  7. 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. :(

  8. says

    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!
    marcie recently posted…Mixed Berry Pomegranate Sorbet

  9. says

    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

  10. says

    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!! :)

  11. says

    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!
    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness recently posted…Hong Kong Trip

  12. says

    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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  13. says

    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!

    • says

      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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