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Yes!!! I finally did it! I created a delicious, healthy alfredo sauce recipe!!!

Did you know that Alfredo sauce as we know it today in America, actually isn’t Italian at all? The sauce we know and love here is actually and American creation!

Healthy Alfredo Sauce in a serving bowl with a scoop of parmesan sitting to the side of the bowl.
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While a version of Alfredo sauce reportedly started off in Rome, the recipe made its way here to the states and evolved into what we know as Alfredo sauce today.

What Makes This Alfredo Sauce Healthy?

I’m glad you asked! Traditional Alfredo sauce is usually a heart attack on a plate. It has tons of saturated fats. But this recipe is just a little different.

This recipe uses cottage cheese! And while it will still have a few saturated fats (hello dairy!), this is far healthier than anything you’ll ever get at a restaurant or from a jar. The fat and calories are significantly reduced here.

What You’ll Need

  • 4 cups cottage cheese – You can try low fat, but full fat will work best here. Some folks have had success with fat free cottage cheese, but any fat free dairy is very highly processed. So choose what feels right to you.
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese  – Do not use Kraft parmesan for this. It won’t work well and is very highly processed stuff. Opt for real, grated parmesan. Don’t use shredded because it will take longer to melt which may end up causing separation from overheating.
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder  – 1 to 2 tsp. if you have to talk to people the next day.
  • 1/4 cup milk + some on reserve – Having a little milk on reserve will allow you to quickly and easily adjust consistency in your sauce.

How To Make Healthy Alfredo Sauce

  • This recipe requires a double boiler. I have also figured out that some brands of cottage cheese do not work as well as others. So you may have to experiment a little bit. I used cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s.
  • Add all ingredients to a double boiler and turn on the heat. DO NOT BRING THIS TO A STRONG BOIL! Keep the heat well controlled. You want a slow melt.
  • As the mixture begins to warm, blend in the pot with a hand blender.
  • Blend till smooth, and the continue to warm until it’s nice and hot.
  • Pour about a half a cup over your pasta and serve.

Making Healthy Fettuccini Alfredo

Once this sauce is made, you can ladle it over some whole grain fettuccini. And if you really want to up the health level, add some lightly steamed broccoli and baked chicken breast for a healthy chicken broccoli fettuccini!

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Healthy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Healthy Alfredo Sauce in a serving bowl with a scoop of parmesan sitting to the side of the bowl.

Healthy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

If you love alfredo sauce but don’t love how unhealthy it is, give this version a try! 
4.47 from 82 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings (4 cups, approximately)
Calories: 148kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Double boiler

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cottage cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese (Real, grated parmesan. Not Kraft)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder (1-2 tsp. if you have to talk to people the next day)
  • ¼ cup milk + some on reserve

Instructions

  • This recipe requires a double boiler. I have also figured out that some brands of cottage cheese do not work as well as others. So you may have to experiment a little bit. I used cottage cheese from Trader Joe's.
  • Add all ingredients to a double boiler and turn on the heat. DO NOT BRING THIS TO A STRONG BOIL! Keep the heat well controlled. You want a slow melt.
  • As the mixture begins to warm, blend in the pot with a hand blender. Blend till smooth, and the continue to warm until it's nice and hot.
  • Pour about a half a cup over your pasta and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 157mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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149 Comments

  1. Don’t forget the cracked pepper. 😉

    I gotta try this, thanks for this recipe, (And this blog!)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Oh yes! Silly me! Gotta have the pepper!
      Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Juanita Floyd says:

    What kind of cottage cheese are you using? None that I’ve seen around here is particularly clean. All kinds of starches and modifiers in it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I buy the organic stuff at Trader Joe’s. Hope that helps!

  3. Juanita Floyd says:

    Thanks I’ll have to check that out. I had given up regular cottage cheese because of the fat and the non fat has al kinds of crud in it. :))

  4. 5 stars
    This is fantastic. I really enjoy your recipes. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Thanks! It was great to have you stop by!

      Have a fabulous day!

  5. 2 stars
    I tried this and when I heated my sauce it separated did it do that to you or did I do something wrong.
    thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      No, I didn’t have that problem. Perhaps you had the heat to high or let it get to hot overall. Just warm it enough to get it hot and remove it from the heat.

      UPDATE: Be sure you are heating this in a pot as you make it. If you blend everything while it’s cold, it will separate.

  6. It is hard for me to buy Organic foods where I live. So I am still having to use just plain low-fat cottage cheese from the store. I had trouble with this recipe separating, too. I do not have a hand blender and could it get it to blend easily. The only time it seemed okay was when it was hot.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Angie,

      Yes, this does have to be warm or hot to stay together, otherwise it separates. Heat is the key to this recipe. Try putting it through whatever blender you have, and then heating it in a pot. It should come together for you.

      Let me know how it works for you,
      Tiffany

  7. 1 star
    I’ve tried this recipe 3 times and I had the same problem with my cottage cheese separating. I tried different heats and different methods. I tried blending it all first then putting it on heat, i tried heating only the cottage cheese then adding the cheese…and exactly as the instructions say. I don’t know whats wrong 🙁 i’m so sad

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Val – Hmmm. I think the trick is to “melt” the cottage cheese. A little separation is normal. Unless your really getting a huge amount of separation, chances are you’re getting pretty close to getting it right. Can you describe the separation for me? I have a feeling what most folks are experiencing here is the normal look of the cottage cheese. Not actual separation. But I could be wrong. Have you also tried other brands of cottage cheese?

  8. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daphne – I’m glad you liked it! Some folks have had issues with separation, but others have complete success. Thanks for the link-back!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Tiffany, what type of Parmesan cheese are you using for this recipe? Is it the powdered type of grated Parm? I tried with “fresh” grated Parmesan (from Kraft, in a bag) and it does not work for this recipe. It just turned into a gooey sticky mess that doesn’t blend at all. I guess I should’ve checked first :S

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – Yes, the powdered kind. I buy mine fresh at Trader Joe’s. The Kraft kind is not clean. I will update the recipe with that information. Thanks for pointing out that discrepancy!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the tip on the Kraft. I’ll have to find some clean stuff!

  11. 1 star
    I was super excited to try this recipe, since fettachini is one of my family’s favorites. I also had a big gooey mess. I followed the directions exactly and was disappointed! I guess when I make fettachini, it will be using the regular cream and cheese.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diane – What brand of cottage cheese are you using? What % fat? If I could get some specifics from folks who have issues with the recipe, maybe I can narrow down where the problem is. Thanks.

  12. I am anxious to try this tonight. I hope it works for me 🙂 Any change in something other the cottage cheese? My mom can’t have salt and she can’t eat cottage cheese, just curious!
    Thanks
    Mar

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mariann – I know there are some varieties of low sodium cottage cheese, but other than that, you could always try yogurt. Not sure though. Wish I could be more help with that!

  13. 5 stars
    Thanks for the suggestion. I made this last night using cottage cheese and it was amazing! It worked great for me, no problems. My hubands loved it, and so did my 4 1/2 year old daughter! Thanks for everything that you do! This was so super yummy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mariann – Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Prayerbear says:

    So what percentage of fat am I looking for in TJ’s organic cottage cheese (or do they only have one)? Also, I get TJ’s romano/parmesan grated cheese in the green container. I assume that is not the one you are talking about. Is the fresh powder type in the deli section of the store?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Prayerbear – I shop at TJ’s as well. I used the organic low fat cottage cheese. I also get the parmesan you mentioned with the green band around the top.

  15. Can you grate a wedge of Parmesan or does it have to be the packaged kind? I want to make this tonight, but have only the chunk of cheese, don’t usually buy the powdered kind.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – The thing with this recipe (my one problem child) is that you have to keep the heat very very low and warm everything slowly. The reason I used the powdered stuff is so it doesn’t have to spend extra time on the stove melting. The cottage cheese is very delicate when it’s warmed. It can go from sauce to separated mess in about 2 seconds. So I really do suggest the finer grind. If you have a processor and the cheese is a bit on the dry side, you could potentially make your own.

  16. OK thank you. We have a mini processor that should work. I’ll let you know what we all think. Except for our youngest who won’t even try anything that has a sauce-says he doesn’t like it “dirty”.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Yes! Let me know how it turns out!

  17. 5 stars
    Lovely, beautiful sauce. Thank you so much for this. I used a double boiler to heat/re-heat it and an immersion blender. Also I used fresh garlic; 2 large cloves squeezed through my garlic press. It was delightful, soft and smooth with a wonderful light texture. Regular Alfredo sauce to me seems much too heavy, like lead in the belly if more than a spoonful or so is eaten. This is perfect!
    We had whole grain pasta, steamed broccoli, some locally made (and clean) sausage with leftover roasted Muscovy duck, onions and roasted red peppers. Your sauce was excellent drizzled over all. Thank you, thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Yay!! I’m so glad it worked out for you! Maybe the double boiler is the key! Your dinner sounds lovely!

    2. wow, that sounds like a yummy meal! excited to try the double boiler! Thanks!

  18. Your comments about heating it slowly gave me the idea to use a double boiler. It worked perfectly.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – You’re amazing! Thank you so much!

  19. 5 stars
    Tried this one tonight. Used the recipe as is, and it turned out great for me! Made some Spelt linguine, with mushrooms, scallops, and red peppers with the sauce on top….Yum! I will definetly make this one again, Thanks again for the great recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laura – Fantastic! So happy you enjoyed it. (And even happier it worked for you! Ha!)

  20. Amy Johnson says:

    5 stars
    INCREDIBLE! My husband and I have been doing a 10-Day Cleanse program, and while I cut a couple corners, this is obviously much better for you than true alfredo sauce, and it was a huge “win” with my hubby!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – I’m flattered, and so happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  21. This sounds so yummy! I’ve tried one in the past that was similar, but you don’t heat it, you just toss it with your hot noodles. You whirr a couple garlic cloves in the food processor, add 1c cottage cheese and 1c sour cream, and blend until smooth. Then you let it sit at rt for a little bit before you toss it with the noodles! It was delish! Is sour cream clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – That does sound good! Sour cream is one of those things that you have to decide on for yourself. Tosca Reno would say that regular sour cream is not clean because it is too high in fat. Many clean eaters choose the low fat variety, however, there are chemicals in the low fat version that are not in the regular, higher fat version. So if you must have sour cream, the choice is yours. More fat, or more chemicals (which kind of defeats the purpose of clean eating in my mind, but again, it’s a personal choice.) I’ve found that greek yogurt is an excellent replacement in most cases.

  22. Any tips for someone who doesn’t own a double-broiler?? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tami – You can put a small pot inside of a larger one with water. Or even just a metal bowl in a pot of water will work.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this tonight, delicious, no problems with separating whatsoever (without a double boiler) I made it with spinach and chicken. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Darla – That’s fabulous! I didn’t use a double boiler either, but apparently for some people it’s necessary. I think it probably depends on the brand of cottage cheese. But I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  24. 5 stars
    Finally tried this and it turned out great and really easy! All the comments made me worry that it was going to be difficult. But I just cooked it on low heat until it was warm then threw it the blender and it was perfect. Husband and our two boys enjoyed very much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Madison – Fantastic! I think it comes down to the type of cottage cheese used. It’s the only thing that could possibly be making any difference. But I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  25. 5 stars
    THIS WAS FANTASTIC! A NEW FAVORITE!
    My 14 year old daughter and her boyfriend made this for my husband and me last night for a “Valentine’s Day Dinner”…it was incredible! They tossed in some grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli right before adding the sauce to the pasta. They cooked the sauce in a make-shift double boiler (small pot inside a large pot) – thanks to your readers tips – and it turned out great! They used fresh grated garlic and dried basil and rosemary. The flavors were fabulous! I couldn’t get over how creamy and delicious this was…and it’s CLEAN! I never would have guessed there could be a clean, low-fat, good for you Alfredo sauce! YOU ROCK! We will be making this on a regular basis.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimber – That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! (I miss is so much since having to give up dairy!)

  26. I can’t wait to try this. I also wonder if it would be good with tofu. I went to a Whole Foods cooking class recently and they put 1 package of Firm Silken tofu and 1 container of roasted red peppers (16oz drained) into a blender to make it smooth. Then added it to cooked bowtie pasta in a skillet to warm it. It was sooooo yummy. Like a pink Alfredo sauce. I would probably add some other things like garlic and crushed red pepper to spice it up though. So are the roasted red peppers in a jar clean? I wasn’t sure because I think they are packed in oil maybe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – It might work, but you won’t get that “cheesy” consistency. As for the peppers, you’d have to read the ingredient list to see if they are clean. Enjoy!

  27. Tiffany– what brand/ % fat cottage cheese should be used for this? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katrina – It’s been so long, I can’t remember the name (I don’t eat dairy any more). It’s the organic stuff at Trader Joe’s though. It’s the only organic brand they have. Hope that helps!

  28. 5 stars
    Just finished eating this…SOO GOOD! It was a bit lumpy but didn’t bother me at all. I’ll try the double boiler next time! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Whatev15 – Yes, I think you’ll find that with a double boiler, it will melt completely. Glad you enjoyed it!

  29. Stephanie says:

    4 stars
    I used part cottage cheese and part greek yogurt. i just made a small batch for myself. I didn’t get it pureed enough, but I pureed it before cooking and then cooked in a double boiler. Worked good. I love fresh garlic, so I used fresh. Threw in some cooked broccli and it was yummy!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stephanie – Oh… that DOES sound good! Yum!

  30. How long can I store this sauce? I made too much by accident lol. Thanks

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kat – It didn’t last long here, so it’s tough to say. I would venture a guess that it won’t keep for more than a couple of days. Also guessing that it will probably separate on you as it cools. Gently rewarm over low heat.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Mary – Awww, what a nice compliment! Thank you!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Yum! thanks for the suggestion!

  33. 5 stars
    Tried this tonight but substituted plain yogurt as I didn’t have cottage cheese. Still came out good but i added dried cranberries in the blender. I will try your way soon! Thanks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Matt – What an interesting combination!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Irresistable – Glad it all worked out!

  35. graciouspantry says:

    Katie – Haha!!! That’s wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!

  36. graciouspantry says:

    Brainne – Haha!! That’s wonderful! Try adding a little chopped, fresh basil next time. Delish!

  37. graciouspantry says:

    Stephanie – I get the low fat, organic cottage cheese at Trader Joe’s.

  38. graciouspantry says:

    Anita – Was the pasta cold? How long did you cook the sauce for?

  39. graciouspantry says:

    Anita – Try a different cottage cheese. It could be the brand you are using.

  40. graciouspantry says:

    Anita – I would try a different brand of cottage cheese.

  41. 5 stars
    Thank you for a great recipe! It was soo good and very easy to make. Even my very skeptical husband liked it!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Dselugs – Fantastic!

  42. graciouspantry says:

    Evie – Don’t give up! It’s worth it to get it right!

  43. 3 stars
    Hey, so I made this and I was so excited – but when I mixed it with pasta it just clumped up. I didn’t poor the sauce over the pasta, I just mixed it in in a big bowl. Would that be why? Also I was thinking maybe I didn’t make it hot enough? I was so hopeful when I saw it come out of the blender and was stirring it! Ideas????

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Trena – This tends to be very sensitive to temperature. The mixing in the bowl could have cooled it down too fast. Also, the brand of cottage cheese you use can make a difference too. But I’m guessing it was the bowl.

  44. Liz Orvis says:

    5 stars
    I just made this and it turned out amazingly well!! I don’t have a double boiler so I just boiled water in a large pot and used a large pyrex measuring cup as the top pot and it was great. I added a little dill because it is my favorite herb and we had it with some whole wheat spaghetti, chicken and broccoli. Thank you soooo much for this website, I am learning so much!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Liz – That’s awesome!!! I’m happy you enjoyed it!

  45. graciouspantry says:

    Haha! That’s okay. I’ll forgive you this one time… (kidding)

  46. Binarydaddy says:

    Im totally doing this in a couple days! My wife and I are clean eating, and I’m trying to figure ways to rekindle our spirits together! How great to find a clean Alfredo sauce to make the very meal I made for her on our 1st date:D thank you so much!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      That’s awesome! I hope you both enjoy it!

  47. Tanya Lamb says:

    5 stars
    Made this last night. Hubby loved it and said it’s a keeper. I blended it in the blender, and it turned out really smooth! We ate this over a bed of spiralized zucchini (our new replacement for pasta). It was good! Also made your turkey meatballs and threw them in. The whole dinner was clean, and it was a hit!

  48. 5 stars
    This recipe has converted me to cleaner eating! Alfredo sauce that is rich, creamy and doesn’t end up making me feeling bloated and regretful? Unbelievable, but true. Thank you for this. Thank you for sharing this delicious and healthier lifestyle, too.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it!

  49. Jen Meklenburg says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is to DIE for !!  I tasted NO difference and it was nice and thick, just like the high fat stuff.  

  50. graciouspantry says:

    She’s talking about the double boiler. There is no water added to the ingredients.

  51. I have sort of a silly question. The recipe says it makes approximately 4 cups and at the end it says to at about a 1/2 cup to pasta and serve. Is it 1/2 c to an EACH serving or is that for say 1/2 cup per family of 4’s pasta? Do you refridgerate what is left? And would the entire recipe be enough for about 8 servings? Sorry if this was confusing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      It’s 1/2 cup pasta to each serving of sauce. I’m sure you could work it into 8 servings just fine. You can put it in the fridge, but treat it like guacamole so it doesn’t get brown.

  52. 5 stars
    I love love love this! I used an alternative double boiler with two pots and it turned out perfect! Making it for my boyfriend for V-day!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Awesome! 🙂

  53. 5 stars
    The double boiler worked wonderfully! And I used a magic bullet to blend everything. Thank you so much-this recipe was absolutely delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  54. 5 stars
    I blended the ingredients prior to warming it up, then tossed it right over my hot pasta. I thought it was great! Thanks for the easiest alfredo sauce I can make.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katie – Great idea! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  55. 4 stars
    I really hate cottage cheese, but I love this recipe! Even using a double boiler, there was a lot of separation as the dish cooled down, so I just had to eat quickly (like that’s a problem, lol). I will definitely be making it again and it’s so nice to find a healthier version of alfredo sauce.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – Glad you like it! In my experience, the brand of cottage cheese tends to make a difference. So maybe try a couple different brands till you find the one that works best.

  56. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and I new people had problems so, I was really careful. The sauce in the pot was perfect but when I added it to the pasta and mushrooms it separated back into a cottage cheese look. It still tasted really good though!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Sounds like it cooled off pretty quickly. Glad you enjoyed it though!

  57. Teresa W. says:

    5 stars
    I love how this turned out, but how do I reheat???

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Teresa – A double boiler is the best approach for reheating.

  58. 5 stars
    I’ve been a bit hesitant to try this based on the reviews, but it sounded so yummy I had to give it a try.

    I didn’t use a double boiler but figured low and slow was the way to go. I put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and let it go at about 2-3 on my electric stove top. By the way, I used 4% cottage cheese, freshly grated Romano, minced garlic, and original (not vanilla) soy milk. Once it started warming up, I stirred it occasionally for about 5-7 minutes. I tried the immersion blender but it wanted to splatter all over so I poured the mixture in the blender for about 2 minutes, then poured it back in the saucepan. The consistency seemed a bit thin (I typically don’t measure by the way – just eyeball) but by the time I poured it into my grilled chicken strips, slightly steamed broccoli, and ziti, and stirred, it was not a problem. This is a fantastic way to have clean Alfredo sauce without all the fat. Total time to prepare the sauce was about 10-12 minutes. Delish!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn – Thanks for the feedback! I know this recipe can be a bit touchy, but if you get it right, it’s really, really good! Glad it all worked out!

  59. 5 stars
    I made this for my family last night and it was délicieux!! I made a makeshift double boiler, and subbed one cup of the cottage cheese with one cup of non fat Greek yogurt. I also added a bit of nutmeg and finely chopped fresh parsley.
    I mixed in some smoked salmon and served it over steamed broccoli and sauteed mushrooms.
    I did notice as the sauce got quite hot it was threatening to separate, but I removed it from the heat just in time. This is such a fabulous idea and recipe and I will absolutely be adding it to my culinary répertoire!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – So glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like a delicious way to serve it! 🙂

  60. Can’t wait to try this tonight. Do you think I could make it in advance and then reheat to serve (with the double boiler)?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rell – I do not recommend reheating this, sorry. It’s just too temperamental.

  61. Danielle Hesse says:

    5 stars
    Just to let you know your recipes are a God send,
    as a broke college student in the nursing program I have neither the money nor time to cook great meals all of the time, however your recipes are not only affordable but time saving as well, I appreciate all you do, thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – My pleasure!! 🙂

  62. frenchmoca says:

    5 stars
    I was discouraged after reading all of the comments about the sauce not turning out correctly. I don’t own a double boiler and I don’t really have pots big enough to double up and create a faux double boiler. not to mention that I did not get the powdered Parmesan cheese, instead I bought a block of Romano cheese. I took a shot at it and it turned out absolutely beautifully. I just made in the pot as the directions say I did not attempt the double boiler method. I use organic cottage cheese I can’t recall what brand off hand. I ported over whole wheat noodles and topped it with organic grape tomatoes and baby spinach. Even my teenage boys absolutely loved this dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe. amazing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Frenchmoca – My pleasure! Glad you gave it a try! When it works, it REALLY works!

  63. Allison King says:

    4 stars
    Hi, I just made this sauce using a bowl over a pot of water, or the double boiler method and it worked for me. Once the water started to boil I took the bowl off the heat and blended with no issues. I did use grated garlic I stead of powdered and it’s so very garlic. But, it’s all good b/c I live garlic. I used Low Fat cottage cheese that I bought at Costco and parmesan cheese I bought at Costco too, not in powder form. So far so good. I added about 15 grounds of pepper and I just put it into a container to go in the refrigerator. So we’ll see how long it lasts. Thanks. I hope someone reads what I did and I hope it helps 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Allison – Thanks for the feedback!

  64. Ooooo I can’t wait to try this with some spaghetti squash

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – Ya, that would be yummy! 🙂

  65. Jacqueline says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. Amazing! I loved it, & proceeded to tell too many of my girlfriends about it. I used the double boiler–no problems at all, just delicious, creamy, cheesy, comfort-food goodness. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jacqueline – My pleasure! 🙂

  66. I was thinking about making this for dinner tonight, but making it this morning ahead I time… Do you think I could make it without heating it up first? Just blend it all together cold?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Devin – This is a very touchy recipe, and to be honest, I haven’t tried it cold, so I can’t really say. I’m sorry…

  67. 3 stars
    I made this for my hubby tonight and he loved it! It did separate on me though. I was thinking this might work in my blendtec using the soup button.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Romaida – It’s possible. But what I’m finding is that the brand used is typically the issue. I’m still trying to nail down what brands do and don’t separate. I used the organic stuff from Trader Joe’s.

  68. I have a question about this I can’t stand cottage cheese at all. Is there any way to use riccotta cheese instead?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeff – It’s possible! But I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say for sure.

  69. 5 stars
    I used the recipe but I started with roasting my garlic then adding it to the cottage cheese in the blender. I blended the two then added the milk. I transferred to a pan for heating just prior to serving. YUMMMY!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MAR – Sounds wonderful!!!

  70. 1 in 100 CHD Awareness says:

    This sounds amazing and the reviews are pretty great! Looks like the only issue is with separation, not unlike a regular alfredo sauce when you try to reheat it. I’m wondering if it could help by setting your ingredients out prior to using them, as if you were making a cake. Set out your chilled ingredients 30-60 minutes before using so they’re not so cold. I may have to try it that way. I’ve been looking for a clean alfredo recipe that doesn’t use cauliflower and this may be just the thing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      1 in 100 – It may, I’m not sure. The only thing I’ve figured out is that the brand makes a difference. But let me know what you find out! 🙂

  71. 1 in 100 CHD Awareness says:

    I tried this tonight and it’s wonderful! No issues with separation. I used Daisy brand cottage cheese since I wasn’t near a store that carries organic brands, 2 cloves of fresh garlic and the half cup Parmesan. I also added broccoli and rotisserie chicken. to the fettuccine.
    I added all sauce ingredients together in my food processor and let it run on high for about 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate it all, then very slowly brought the sauce to a little warmer than room temp on the stove. When I added the sauce to the noodles, broccoli and chicken, it warmed it up to the perfect temperature. Hubby, who doesn’t like cottage cheese, loves this sauce!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      1 in 100 – Fantastic! Thank you so much for the feedback! 😀

  72. Stephanie says:

    Loved this recipe along with my hubby and picky teenagers! Very filling! I blended the Kraft Simple cottage cheese first in the food processor then mixed the rest of the ingredients along with basil and a dash of Italian Seasoning. Put it in sauté pan on lowest heat and continually stirred. Keep it very low and let it slowly heat up. After heated through I added sautéed spinach, mushrooms and chicken. I served it over whole wheat pasta!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – That’s fantastic!! Thanks for sharing how you did it! 🙂

  73. I’ve learned when doing cheese sauces, that using evaporated milk also helps with milk not separating. I’m not sure if evaporated milk is clean eating. If not good to know, if it is awesome.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Suzanne – I don’t believe it is clean.

  74. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe for lunch and it was super!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ezra – I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  75. bamagrad95 says:

    5 stars
    I did it. Delicious! Now to test on kids.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bamagrad95 – Haha! Fantastic! I hope they like it!! 😀

  76. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight and it turned out fabulously. We used great value (walmart brand) cottage cheese- low fat-nothing fancy… and it worked out beautifully! I was sceptical about this recipe because I can not stand the texture of cottage cheese lol. This however, is now one of my favorites. Even the husband and kids ate it up. 🙂 We made it with asparagus and tuna along with mung bean noodles which I find at whole food/health food stores. They are amazingly high in protien and zero carbs. Worked great!! Cant thank you enough for this recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenny – My pleasure! I’m so happy it worked well for you! 😀

  77. 3 stars
    Very good! The only problem I had was getting it creamy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Not sure what you mean. It’s pretty cheesy. Did something separate?

  78. 5 stars
    This recipe is great!!! The secret is to Use low heat, then it shouldn’t separate! Good luck!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – Definitely!!

  79. Kelly Sawyer says:

    With this sauce being heat sensitive, do you think it would work work as a white sauce for pizza?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – I’m going to guess, no. I think it would separate too much. However, if you precook your crust and make sure the sauce gets covered with other toppings, there is a chance it might work if you don’t cook it for too long. But again, that’s just a guess. I haven’t tried it.

  80. Mary Crowley says:

    Hello, thanks for your recipe, I’ve just made it for a third time. I’m just wondering why you heat the mixture first, before blending, and then return to the heat? Why not blend the mixture beforehand? I meant to try it that way tonight, but chickened out. Also, I hand grated my Parmesan Reggiano and it melted just fine in my makeshift double boiler (a tall soup pot with an inch or more of water and a saucepan that fits on top that leaves three or four inches of space between water level and pan). It was delicious.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mary – So glad you liked it! 😀 I just find it blends better when it’s warm. But feel free to try it the other way!

  81. 4 stars
    I tried this tonight and it may not have turned out like desired consistency-wise. I swapped the parmesan for blue cheese, left out the garlic and only made a quarter of it. But it was really yummy although I might have overheated as it turned out curdly. Definitely will try again 😁

    1. Bine – Ya, this recipe can be a bit finicky. But with a little practice, it’ll be amazing. Also try a different brand of cottage cheese. I find that sometimes the brand can make a difference. I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

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