Lighter Alfredo Sauce with Peas (made with half and half)

Lighter Alfredo Sauce

This is not your low calorie sauce, but it is much better than making it with heavy cream. You could also cut the butter down to two tablespoons to reduce the fat content. We had this last night and it was a huge hit. I have never added cornstarch before to thicken it up. It just never occurred to me to do so until yesterday.

1 box Pasta
1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 cup half and half (reserve 1/4 cup for cornstarch mixture)
1 cup frozen peas, thaw in warm water (optional, can substitute cooked broccoli)
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
Few turns Fresh pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Or pinch hot pepper flakes
1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup half and half
1 - 1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

In a medium saucepan melt butter; add 1 cup half and half, pepper,
salt, red pepper flakes, nutmeg. Simmer on med low for a few minutes,
stirring constantly. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 1/4 cup half and half.
Whisk cornstarch/half and half mixture into the pan. Add 1 cup parmesean cheese
and stir until melted. Add peas and more cheese if desired.

Cook pasta in boiling water one minute less than the box says; strain
and add pasta to the Alfredo sauce in the pan. Stir well, cook on low
for 1 minute to heat through and finish cooking.
*Make sure to start your pasta water boiling before you start your sauce, so everything can be ready at the same time.

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