Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce

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 Rich, Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce is your favorite Italian pasta sauce with amazing flavor but without all the guilt!

 Rich, Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce made is your favorite Italian pasta sauce with amazing flavor but without all the guilt!

Happy National Dairy Month!  In case you weren’t aware, June is dairy month and I am having fun experimenting in my kitchen lately with some yummy dairy products.  I came up with the perfect lighter dish for summer for you all to help celebrate dairy!  Raise your hand if you love a good, rich (yet extremely fattening) Alfredo sauce?  I have both hands up right now!  This is one of my favorite dishes to order at a restaurant but I always feel a little regret afterwards because of the heaviness of the dish.  This recipe is a lighter version, sans the heavy cream, and uses Greek yogurt to attain the authentic creaminess that Alfredo sauce has.  I honestly never thought a lighter version of Alfredo sauce would win me over but I was proved wrong with this dish – you will be, also!

Thick and creamy Greek Yogurt Fettuccine Alfredo is super tasty but without all of the added Fat.  It is made with Greek Yogurt!

The month of June celebrates all things dairy.  The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (also known as “ADADC”) works with 9,000 dairy farm families in New York, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania.  American’s dairy farming families are celebrated this month.  They are the ones who provide us with healthy, nourishing dairy foods.  Of course I am proud that my home state of New York, with over 5,000 dairy farms throughout the state, is ranked 4th national in dairy farming.  Go, New York!  It is also fitting that I used Greek Yogurt in this Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce recipe because New York is the top yogurt-producing state in the country.  Fun fact: yogurt is New York’s official state snack!  One serving of milk, cheese or yogurt provides 8 grams of high-quality protein and 9 essential nutrients.

Greek yogurt is a great way to lighten up many recipes.  You really won’t miss out on any taste at all!  This yogurt is just one of the many dairy foods that is super high in protein.  It has twice the amount of protein as most regular yogurts, due to the straining process. Six ounces of Greek yogurt typically contains 14–17 grams of protein. The same amount of regular yogurt has 7–8 grams of protein.

Creamy Alfredo sauce recipe made healthy with Greek Yogurt instead of heavy cream.

As you can see, dairy foods are very important and definitely deserve their own designated month!  You can visit here and “meet” Kendra Lamb via her YouTube video.  She is a New York dairy farmer at Lamb Farms, just outside of Buffalo, and shares what it’s like to grow up and live on a dairy farm and how milk produced by her 4,200 cows is used to make yogurt for New York City schools.  Super cool!

One more cool thing, I promise: have you heard of the Great American Milk Drive?  It delivers thousands of gallons of milk to families who would otherwise be without it.  Pretty cool, right?  Nutritionists recommend 3 servings of milk a day, which is about a gallon each week.  Forty-six million Americans served by Feeding America only get on average 1 gallon of milk throughout the entire year.  Ninety-five percent of food banks say they don’t receive enough milk to meet their clients’ needs.  That means so many families lack high-quality protein and other essential nutrients that ensure themselves and their kids stay healthy.  You can visit MilkLife.com if you wish to donate.

Creamy Italian Pasta Alfredo sauce recipe made healthy with Greek Yogurt instead of heavy cream.

Thanks everyone and I hope you give this Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce a try!  It definitely will win you over.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Rich, Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce is your favorite Italian pasta sauce with amazing flavor but without all the guilt!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • ¾ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 6 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 and ½ Cups shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoon fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 pound of your favorite pasta, cooked (I used fettuccine)
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the garlic and cook a few minutes until it is fragrant (do not let it burn).
  3. Add the flour, stirring/whisking constantly until nice and bubbly.
  4. Add chicken stock while continuing to stir. Turn heat to low and gradually add milk, Greek yogurt, and Parmesan Cheese.
  5. Stir until smooth and the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper, to taste. If you let the sauce cool down a little it thickens a lot.
  6. Serve over your choice of cooked pasta noodles. Sprinkle with parsley.
  7. Store any leftover sauce in the fridge and add a little bit of milk before heating it up as it will be very thick once chilled. Enjoy!

You can find ADADC on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook for more information on #DairyMOOnth!  You also can participate in the June Dairy Month Twitter party Wednesday, June 24th from 9-10 P.M. EST.  I will “see” you there!

ADADC American Dairy Council Twitter PartyAlso check out these other fabulous bloggers who posted recipes to celebrate Dairy Month:

Foodie With Family: Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie

Emily Bites: Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Bites

Healthy Delicious: Blueberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Pops

Ciao Chow Bambina: Garlic & Herb Marinated Mozzarella with Kalamata Olives

Mother Thyme: Banana Cream Parfaits

Nutmeg Nanny: No-Churn Amaretto Ice Cream

 Disclaimer:  This post has been sponsored by ADADC.  All opinions remain 100% my own, as always. 

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

28 Responses to “Creamy Greek Yogurt Alfredo Sauce”

  1. June 11, 2015 at 8:45 AM #

    Oh my! This looks amazing! I’m excited to try this very soon! A perfect light summertime meal!

  2. June 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM #

    I love alfredo! What a great idea using Greek yogurt, I can’t wait to try this! Just pinned and yummed it for later. Thanks for sharing!

  3. June 11, 2015 at 9:12 AM #

    I had no idea you could make alfredo sauce from Greek yogurt! What a great way to lighten up a normally heavy dish….yum!

  4. June 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM #

    Great use of Greek yogurt! I use it all the time in baking and really need to use it in more savory dishes like this one. Sounds like a must-try recipe!

  5. June 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    I did not know that June was National Dairy Month – thanks for the heads up, Ashley! Btw – that Alfredo looks super creamy!

  6. June 11, 2015 at 11:36 AM #

    This is such a great idea, Ashley. I’m going to have to try yogurt alfredo soon!

  7. June 11, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    I am a sucker for a good cream sauce pasta! I’ll happily devour this for you. : )

  8. June 11, 2015 at 1:14 PM #

    alfredo has always been my favorite – and just last night I was caving it – I cannot wait to try this lighter version – we always have Greek yogurt at home

  9. June 11, 2015 at 1:25 PM #

    Yummy! Yummy! I have a weakness for Alfredo sauce. It’s one of those dishes I love to order when we go out to eat. I love this amazing recipe lightening this sauce up with Greek yogurt so I can enjoy my favorite sauce at home without all the guilt.

  10. June 11, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

    Dear Ashley, I love this healthier creamy alfredo sauce with Greek yogurt. It sounds delish! xo, Catherine

  11. June 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

    GENIUS-I sooo need to try this!

  12. June 11, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

    Yogurt is so much fun to cook with!

  13. June 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM #

    I love me some greek yogurt! What a great way to lighten up this dish! I never like feeling all heavy after eating regular alfredo sauce – love this!!

  14. June 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM #

    I’m raising my hand! I love alfredo sauce – and love your healthier version! Definitely trying this recipe soon!

  15. June 11, 2015 at 9:22 PM #

    Greek Yogurt is so versatile and wonderful for subbing in a lower fat version. I love this alfredo. Can’t wait to give it a go.

  16. June 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM #

    This is the perfect simple comfort food. Your photos are just gorgeous! Pinned!

  17. June 12, 2015 at 6:47 AM #

    Oooh. I love that you used Greek yogurt in this! I’m all for lighter favorites and you did an awesome job here. 🙂

  18. June 12, 2015 at 6:48 AM #

    I think every month should be National Dairy Month!! I love how you lightened this dish up!

  19. June 12, 2015 at 11:24 AM #

    I have a love/hate relationship with alfredo sauce. I absolutely love it, but hate all the calories. I can’t wait to try this lightened-up version!

  20. June 12, 2015 at 12:16 PM #

    Alfredo sauce is a weakness of mine! I love it but I’m loving this no guilt version!!

  21. June 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    Alfredo sauce is my Achilles heel. I can’t ever say no, and I always crave that cheesy, creamy goodness. I’ll definitely be trying the lighter yogurt version!

  22. June 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

    This is such a great way to lighten up alfredo but still have it taste rich and creamy!

  23. Ginny McMeans
    June 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM #

    I can’t wait to make this for my husband. The Greek yogurt is a great ingredient!

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