Light Fettuccine Alfredo With Pork Loin Chops

This creamy Alfredo Pasta recipe delivers a silky texture without milk or heavy cream. Instead we use a roux (equal parts butter and flour), almond milk and parmesan cheese to create a thick and creamy Alfredo sauce. Make this recipe now for a lighter indulgence.
Light Fettuccine Alfredo With Pork Loin Chops recipe price breakdown

What Makes This Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo Lighter and Healthier

This creamy Alfredo Pasta recipe delivers a silky texture without milk or heavy cream. Instead we use a roux (equal parts butter and flour), almond milk and parmesan cheese to create a thick and creamy Alfredo sauce. 

Pork Loin Chop

In this recipe we use pork loin chops because it was on sale, but you can switch it out for chicken breast if you would prefer.

Saving tip

Boneless chicken thighs are usually much cheaper than chicken breast, are full of flavor, and are just as convenient to cook.

Almond Milk

Usually Alfredo sauce is made with a mixture of milk and heavy cream. In this case we are replacing those heavy dairy product with almond milk in order to lighten up the meal but still get a silky smooth creamy sauce.

Savings tip

Typically milk is much cheaper than almond milk, so if your budget doesn’t allow it, you can easily substitute this ingredient with regular milk or even half milk or cream and water if your budget is extra tight.

Lemon Juice

On the island Lemons are very expensive, usually at $1 per lemon. To save on this flavor, we use bottled concentrated lemon juice. For marinades, this is perfect and doesn’t affect the flavor in the end.

Savings tip

Bottle lemon juice from concentrate is a cheaper alternative to fresh lemons and can be stored in the fridge for future use.

If you prefer using fresh lemons, you can squeeze out extra lemon juice in an ice tray and freeze.

Using the zest of a lemon gives you the fullest flavor you can get from a lemon and utilizes the whole fruit to get the most out of your pennies.

Butter Spread

Real butter is incredibly delicious, but also more expensive. I always use Country Crocks Butter spread as an alternative. We get a huge container for the price of 4 sticks of real butter. I just can’t justify the use of real butter when I’m cooking when I can get so much more for my buck with this stuff! 


Light Fettuccine Alfredo With Pork Loin Chops


Equipment


Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbspn garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbspn onion powder
  • 1/2 tspn kosher salt
  • 1/4 tspn coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tspn dried oregano
  • 1/4 tspn dried basil
  • 1/4 tspn dried thyme
  • 1/8 tspn dried cayenne
  • 16oz linguine pasta
  • 2 Tbspn butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (1 1/2 Tbspn minced)
  • 2 Tbspn flour
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • Additional oil or butter

Directions

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 6 Servings.

  1. F Season pork chops with lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, coarse black pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne. Let it marinade in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Set a large pot to boil with enough salt so that it tastes like the ocean. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. (follow package directions for recommended time. Pasta should be cooked through but still firm.
  3. Remove boneless pork chops from the fridge, and let it sit for 5 minutes. You don’t want it to be too cold for the pan, because then it will steam.
  4. Reserve a cup of cooking liquid and strain the rest of the water out. Run the noodles under cold water to prevent further cooking.
  5. In the same pot at medium low heat, add butter and minced garlic. Sauté until fragrant. Add flour to create a paste.
  6. Slowly add almond milk and raise heat to medium, bring milk up to a simmer.
  7. Add Parmesan cheese and stir occasionally until thickened. (if it need help thickening add some of the reserved water from boiling pot of pasta, the starch will help it thicken).
  8. Once thickened remove from heat and stir in noodles.
  9. In a separate large pan, bring up to medium heat and add a small of oil to prevent sticking. Add 2 - 3 cuts of pork chops, making sure not to over crowd the pan. Fry each side until browned and inside of the meat is cooked through. Use a thermometer to ensure it reaches at least an internal temperature of 145ºF Allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes.

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