Spinach Fettuccine

Spinach Fettuccine Randy Mayor


  • 1 pound uncooked fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 10 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • Parsley sprigs (optional)


Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add reserved pasta water and cream cheese, stirring with a whisk until smooth.

Combine broth and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan, stirring with a whisk to combine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add pecorino Romano, stirring until smooth. Add half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Stir in spinach. Combine cheese mixture and pasta in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Place about 1 cup pasta mixture in each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 2 1/2 tablespoons bacon. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

    You can use Asiago cheese for a slightly sweeter flavor, or Parmigiano-Reggiano for a sharper flavor than the pecorino Romano.
  • Yield: 8 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 365
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 30%
Fat per serving: 12.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 6.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3.3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.6g
Protein per serving: 15.9g
Carbohydrate per serving: 46.6g
Fiber per serving: 2.3g
Cholesterol per serving: 34mg
Iron per serving: 1.8mg
Sodium per serving: 681mg
Calcium per serving: 188mg

Good to Know

Creamy fettuccine dishes are high in saturated fat, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge once in awhile. Watch your portion sizes and fill up on a crisp salad before digging into the creamy pasta.