This started out as one recipe and quickly was morphed into something completely different. It started out as an alfredo sauce with grated zucchini in it.
I LOVE alfredo sauce but hardly ever make it as it is usually pretty high calorie with pasta.
My meat eating brother said he thought it needed meat. I disagreed. However, I aim to please, so I caved. I wasn't in the mood to add chicken. I then remembered a sausage link buried way back in the freezer that needed to be found. So here I was all of a sudden adding MORE calories!
I soon decided that it needed more veggies. Enter broccoli.
It turned out really good. Not like I had planned originally but still very good. I don't eat pasta a lot and I love a good white sauce. This was super simple and didn't require a roux or anything. Just a brick of melted cream cheese and a bunch of veggies. My kind of meal.
Pasta with Zucchini Alfredo Sauce
1 (12 oz) pkg. egg noodles, I used whole wheat noodles
1/2 lbs. Italian sausage link, cut up
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
4 cups shredded zucchini and/or summer squash (I had a combo)
2 cups chopped broccoli
1 cup milk
8 oz. cream cheese, reduced fat
1 tsp. dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook noodles until done.
Cook Italian sausage and onion in a pan for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook for about 2 minutes. Mix in zucchini and broccoli and cook for about 8 - 10 minutes until some of the moisture has evaporated.
Turn heat way down, pour the milk into the skillet. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Mix in basil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over cooked pasta.
Total calories = 2683 calories
6 servings = 447 calories per serving
Italian Sausage Pasta with Zucchini & Broccoli Alfredo Sauce = 447 calorie dinner
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Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.