I don’t think there are many people who would turn down a cream, cheesy, delicious bowl of fettuccine alfredo, but there’s really something exciting about taking such a high-calorie comfort food and tweaking it to still taste amazing, but be WAY healthier!

One big bowl of this healthier fettuccine alfredo pasta  will barely cost you 400 calories. How’s that possible, you ask? It’s made with skim milk, instead of cream, and there’s not butter or cream cheese. The sauce also has chicken broth, few of my favorite spices, and fresh parmesan cheese, of course. It’s really flavorfully, and creamy, thanks to cornstarch as the thickening agent.

Instant Pot Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo
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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Skinny Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo is rich and creamy, with a fraction of the calories of traditional alfredo. It's an easy instant pot pasta recipe that everyone is sure to love!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: healthy alfredo sauce, instant pot pasta
Unit: cup, teaspoon
Servings: 4
Calories: 405 kcal


8 ounces fettuccine noodles , broken in half
1 teaspoon oil
3 cloves garlic minced
salt and pepper
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk , skim or 1%
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Add oil to the IP and turn to saute. Once hot add garlic and stir for 10 seconds. Turn IP off.
Add pasta and chicken broth, making sure the noodles are covered in the liquid.
Turn valve to sealed and cook on manual (high pressure) for 3 minutes.
When the times beeps allow the pressure to naturally release for 6 minutes, before turning the valve to release remaining pressure and open the lid.
Stir pasta, breaking up any pieces that have stuck together.
Stir the cornstarch and milk together until smooth. Add to the instant pot, along with the dry spices and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Turn Instant pot to saute setting and stir gently until the sauce just begins to thicken. Turn Instant Pot off.
The sauce will thicken significantly as it cools, so allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. You can add additional cheese, if needed, to thicken the sauce.

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