Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

Hooray for Friday!  Actually, this week went by pretty fast.  A week from today we will be leaving for Austin! Open-mouthed smile  We’ve already rented a boat for one day when we are there to boat around Lake Travis – how beautiful is this??!!


Thanks to all of you who stopped by Brooke’s blog to congratulate her on getting to goal, you guys rock!

I was back to the breakfast parfaits yesterday.  The only difference between me and my boss’ parfait is that I use plain Greek yogurt and for her I used Chobani’s banana yogurt.  With bananas, strawberries and chocolate almond granola – so good!  Don’t envy the wallpaper in my office too much, okay. Open-mouthed smile

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I was all set to work out, but when I tested my blood sugar, I was 110 – perfect but too low to work out.  That’s the only problem with the parfait, it takes me a while to eat and the insulin to food consumption doesn’t match up.

You all know I make bread every weekend, but the best part is that the dough can sit in the fridge up to two weeks.  I knew I was going to be making panini’s for lunch, so the night before last I just took the dough out and let it sit on the counter overnight.  It still cooks the same, 30 minutes in the Dutch even for 30 minutes with the lid on, then 15 minutes with the lid off.

Our sammies were delicious – deli ham, roasted red pepper, baby spinach and fresh mozzarella.  If my boss could have licked her plate she would have!

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For some reason, Tony isn’t a fan of red sauce anymore.  I know, he’s Italian! (well, and half French Canadian which he doesn’t like to talk about, but I wrote it because his Mom is French Canadian and proud of it! – Hi Bonnie!).  Although I think he would be fine having Scott Conant’s red sauce, but I didn’t have time for that.

Alfredo though?  He loves it.  I decided to make a lightened up version using cream cheese that I got in the 50% off bin.

Alfredo Sauce for Two

  • 232 calories, 15 fat, 354 sodium, 11.5 carbs, .1 fiber and 13 protein


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • cracked pepper
  • add salt if you want, but I think the cheese is enough salt – the sodium content above is without adding additional salt

Melt butter.  Add flour and stir for a minute.  Add the milk, 1/4 cup at a time making a roux.  Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

I added 4 ounces of sausage and a cup of broccoli to my bowl – delish!  And um, we are going to pretend to not notice that this expired in April.

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Pure comfort in a bowl.  (and I may have added some crushed red pepper to mine).

Stats for Thursday:

  • 1476 calories, 113 mg cholesterol, 49 fat, 195 car, 22 fiber and 70 protein
  • 53% of calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 17% protein
  • no exercise

I am taking a gamble on the weather and grilling at lunch today.  On the menu?  Grilled hot dogs with no bean chili, cheese (and onions, aren’t I nice!), coleslaw and Fritos.  Now rain please stay away until after lunch, thank you!

And Mel, does this look right?  This is my sourdough starter that’s been “cooking” for five days:

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I hope to make sourdough bread this weekend! Open-mouthed smile  Make it a great day!


35 thoughts on “Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

  1. That is so awesome that Brooke lost all that weight- what and inspiration!! I love alfredo but my family is not too hot on it- waaa! I would love to go to Austin, I hear it is a great and very fun city to visit. a boat on a lake is my cuppa tea. TGIF!

  2. Are you only going to be in Texas for one week? I’ll still have company until the 25th!

  3. Are your co-workers jealous that you make breakfast and lunches for your boss? Both the parfait and the panini look delicious. Lunch sounds tasty, hope the weather holds up for you.

  4. I’m also Italian and French Canadian. I joke that the only French part is my name. My dad’s father was supposedly of French Canadian descent though he was adopted so we don’t know exactly. The rest of my grandparents are Italian.

    I hope the weather is nice today for your lunch. It looks like sunny and a high of 80 here! I have absolutely no spring or summer wardrobe though so I’m not quite ready. Have a great day!!

  5. BEAUTIFUL! I hope you guys have great fun while you’e there!

  6. My husband loves alfredo sauce, but it’s usually too rich for me. This looks like one I could handle and in a small enough portion that’s easy enough to make for one night or for 2 servings for him! Thanks, Biz. Have a great weekend!

  7. Oh how I would love to be going to Austin. Love that city. The alfredo sauce looks yummy and I may be trying it.

  8. I have a nice pot of marinara simmering on the stove as I type this. Funny, you got that cream cheese in the 50% off bin. A couple weeks ago, I bought the same cream cheese at the 99cents only store. Its fantastic cream cheese on a fresh bagel. Its from the east coast and its made by Kraft. I ate it a lot when I was growing up in FL.

  9. Feel free to send some homemade bread my way – yum!!

  10. Seriously- your bosses have the HOOK UP! That parfait! I think thats what I want for Mother’s day 🙂

  11. Weighting For 50

    Yay for the upcoming trip! I admit, I snickered a little at the office wallpaper. Giddy yup! (that’ll get you in the mood for Texas I guess!?)

  12. Wow that lake is gorgeous! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Are you two driving or flying down to TX? Have a good weekend! Hoping the weather held up for the grilled lunch.

    • We are driving – we hope to get a few hours on Friday night done and then the rest of Saturday – we’ll be driving through Oklahoma – a state I’ve never been in before!

  13. So I might have missed previous posts about your trip to Austin but had to take a minute and pass along a couple of MUST places to stop and eat. I just drove from San Antonio up to Austin to pick up food from Franklins for a B-day.Worth every minute of the drive. It is the best BBQ I have ever consumed in my life! They open at 11 but the line starts to form before 9 AM every day. There is actually a guy there that rents chairs for $5 so you can sit while you wait. Since the place opened – they have sold out every day. Its THAT good.

    Second is another all time fav: Contigo’s. Just glancing at the menu, I know you’ll appreciate the options. If ou do make it, dont pass up the green beans and ice cream! Absolutely fab food and fab service.

    Hope you’re able to make it to one, if not BOTH places. SO SO SO GOOD!!!! 🙂 Have fun!

    • That is too funny Jaclyn because just last week I saw an episode of Anthony Bordain’s show and he went to Franklin’s bbq – it looked amazing!!

  14. Your sourdough starter looks good! You can also freeze it in 6 month increments and take it out to feed it if you get sick of working with it each week. I keep a back up in the freezer in case I accidentally kill mine or any unwanted bacteria or mold invades it.

  15. Wow – that picture of the lake, TAKE ME WITH! 😉

    Your sauce looks amazing – my husband is obsessed with alfredo! I will have to try this.

  16. Need to make your bread this weekend and make some sammies……that plate looks absolutely delicious!! Painting the porch this weekend, so “easy peasy” meals are on the menu for Saturday……Sunday we’re eating out!!! Happy Mother’s Day Biz!!!

  17. Had no idea austin looked like that! I need you to make me lunch. Well, we could do it together!

  18. Did the weather hold out for your lunch? I’m surprised that there hasn’t been much rain so far today after watching the news this morning. It will probably all come down starting at 3:30 . . . when school let’s out and I get to go home!

  19. Lucky you going to Austin! The day on the boat sounds awesome! Your alfredo sauce sounds really good. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s day to you 🙂

  20. The parfaits look beautiful!

    The sourdough bread sounds awesome!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. That cowboy wallpaper would be right at home here in AZ! I just saw a news article about hot peppers helping to prevent Parkinson’s disease so load up your pasta :). Have a great weekend!

  22. Happy Friday, indeed!!!!!!

  23. Random question–I notice in a lot of your posts you talk about cooking for your boss…if you don’t mind my asking, why do you make her meals? I might have missed a post talking about what it is you do, but i’ve always been curious…so I decided to ask 😉 By the way, love the blog. I’ve been a (silent) reader for a…hello!

  24. Hey Kayla! Thanks for coming out of the woodwork! Since I bring my lunch every day, my boss joked with me a while back and said “I’ll pay you to bring me lunch.” Its easy because I just bring her what I am making. So I make $25 a week from her, another $15 for my other boss for 3 breakfasts, and then another $25 a week for my SIL’s lunches. I also net between 20-25 dollars for my Friday work lunches I provide, so I make about $85-$90 a week and that typically pays for my weekly groceries. 😀 #winning!

  25. […] used my alfredo sauce for two, and I had 1 cup of cooked pasta, 3 ounces of the Italian sausage, 1/2 a cup of leftover grilled […]

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