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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Olive Garden's Alfredo Sauce

I won't take you on the whole journey of my brain, but I saw a mention of Olive Garden on facebook and a comment about there being lard in the Alfredo Sauce.  Since Olive Garden's Alfredo sauce is absolutely my favorite dish, I did some research.  Here is the recipe from the Olive Garden website: Olive Garden's Alfredo Sauce.  No lard!  Obviously, they don't feel threatened that we will make it ourselves and not visit their restaurant.

When we treat ourselves to Olive Garden, I order the Herbed Salmon Alfredo--sub extra broccoli for the pasta.  (Even when I'm not on Atkins, I don't like pasta.)  It is delicious!

After reading and calculating the nutritional info on the Alfredo sauce, this definitely has to be a treat.  But, it is still Atkins-friendly and a great choice--as long as you substitute broccoli for the pasta.  

Volley's notes: 
  • Notice that, as served at Olive Garden, the sauce is 9.3 gr of carbohydrates.  That's for 1/4 of the recipe, which is almost 1 cup of sauce.  
  • I think I'd make the recipe and figure out how many servings it would be for 1/4 cup (the portion size for commercially-canned sauce).  
  • If you use all heavy cream (instead of 1.5 cups of milk) and divide the whole into 4 servings, you drop the carbs down to 7.6 nC per serving.   

Here is the nutritional info (just the sauce, not the salmon or veggies), from SparkPeople RecipeBuilder, as usual.  

Nutrition Facts

  4 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 638.7
  Total Fat 55.9 g
      Saturated Fat 33.3 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 16.3 g
  Cholesterol 483.8 mg
  Sodium 751.5 mg
  Potassium 138.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 9.3 g
      Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
      Sugars 4.6 g
  Protein 25.3 g

  Vitamin A 39.6 %
  Vitamin B-12 20.3 %
  Vitamin B-6 7.7 %
  Vitamin C 0.9 %
  Vitamin D 27.7 %
  Vitamin E 8.5 %
  Calcium 75.2 %
  Copper 2.0 %
  Folate 10.9 %
  Iron 6.1 %
  Magnesium 7.1 %
  Manganese 1.2 %
  Niacin 0.5 %
  Pantothenic Acid     11.9 %
  Phosphorus     52.3 %
  Riboflavin 24.1 %
  Selenium 32.6 %
  Thiamin 5.5 %
  Zinc 14.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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