It's tough to resist the cheesy goodness of alfredo sauce, but if anything can motivate you to choose your pasta sauces carefully at the grocery, it's this list. We did some research at the supermarket and recorded the calories and fat of almost all of the pasta sauces offered.
Let us put things into perspective: That delicious Bertolli alfredo sauce you love to smother linguine in contains more fat (20 grams) than a medium order of french fries from McDonald's (19 grams) — and that's if you don't exceed the recommended 1/2 cup serving.
Don't panic yet. We have good news: There are plenty of healthy brands out there. Prego and Ragu both offer light lines of pasta sauce. And there are some really tasty, lesser known brands that are practically nonfat, like Walnut Acres and Muir Glen — which (bonus!) are both organic. Stick to the red sauces — like Classico's Tomato & Basil sauce, which contains only 50 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving — but beware of the vodka sauce! Vincent's All Natural Vodka sauce contains 190 calories and 15 grams of fat per serving. If you're looking for the best in-store option, try Lidia's vodka sauce with 90 calories and 5 grams of fat per 1/2 cup serving.
Still craving that cheesy goodness? Try making your own alfredo and other pasta sauces at home with these recipes. Rachael Ray's skinny fettuccine Alfredo uses Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and unsweetened soymilk to whip up that rich, creamy texture and taste.