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Olive Garden’s Baked Chicken Tortellini Alfredo, Skinnyfied!

 

Olive Garden’s Baked Chicken Tortellini Alfredo, Skinnyfied!
This is the BEST, most decadent tasting casserole you’ll ever taste. Nobody will even believe it’s lower in fat and calories. It’s my skinny version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. Each serving has only 257 calories and 8 grams of fat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 257kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 oz) package cheese tortellini, see shopping tips
  • 1 (15 oz) jar light Alfredo sauce, see shopping tips
  • (~6 oz) cups chicken breast cooked and diced
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup reduced-fat cottage cheese, I like Knudsen’s
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup light mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 X 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Cook the tortellini al dente (two minutes less than the time given on the package). Drain.
  • Place tortellini in a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, carefully stir in Alfredo sauce, diced chicken, spinach, tomatoes, cottage cheese, and garlic powder until combined.
  • Place mixture in baking dish. Spread out to evenly distribute. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over pasta to cover. Then sprinkle Parmesan cheese all over top.
  • Bake 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and light golden brown on top.
  • Cool slightly before cutting into 6 servings. This casserole freezes great.

Video

Notes

Shopping Tips
Most supermarkets sell refrigerated packages of cheese tortellini including Trader Joe’s. They usually come in a 9-ounce package, I like Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini, Trader Joe’s, or Rana mini cheese tortellini (½ of 20 oz pkg).
You can find reduced-fat Alfredo sauce in most supermarkets in the pasta sauce aisle. Classico,  Bertolli, and Prego all make one. I used Classico to calculate the skinny facts.
Note-If you can’t find light Alfredo, regular Classico Alfredo sauce is similar. It has just 15 more calories per ¼ cup and 1g more fat. So you can easily use it! Plus, Regular Classico Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce has the same calories and fat as their light version.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 7-Blue
WW SmartPoints 8-Green
WW Points Plus 7
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
257 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 67mg chol, 19g prot, 26g carbs, 1g fiber, 660mg sod, 3g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
216 calories, 4g sat fat, 12g protein, 3g sugar

Skinny Facts

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 19gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 660mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 7Green Smart Points: 8Plus Points: 7

Comments

  1. This is very good – I’ve made it when you posted it before – but I have not been able to find any reduced fat Alfredo sauce in stores for a long time. In fact, checking Prego, Bertoli and Clasico websites, those products are either showing as discontinued or not showing at all. You may want to look for an alternative to share with your followers. I’ve found Great Value Classic Alfredo has 50 calories and 3.5 g of fat per 1/4 cup serving which seems reasaonble and almost the same as the Prego Light. Thanks for all your good recipes, Nancy!

  2. First, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipe, Dava. Thank you!
    And thanks for letting me know about the Alfredo sauce. It sounds like you found a good substitution. I did a little research. Some of the companies have discontinued their light version. But no worries, I just added this tip to the Shopping Tips.

    Note-If you can’t find light Alfredo, regular Classico Alfredo sauce is similar. It has just 15 more calories per ¼ cup and 1g more fat. So you can easily use it! Plus, Regular Classico Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce has the same calories and fat as their light version. 

    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

  3. Can this recipe be made without the cottage cheese? If not, can you suggest a substitution? My husband nor I don’t like cottage cheese so buying a container just for this recipe will be a waste.

    Thank you

  4. Kathy. You could add an extra 1/2 cup of the light cheese and mix it in. Light ricotta cheese would work if you have other uses for it.
    I hope this helps!
    my best,
    Nancy

  5. 5 stars
    Love this. Make it probably almost weekly and to take as dish to functions or to someone having a difficult time. Great dish and definitely does not taste low calorie.

  6. Although the spinach adds some health benefits, you could easily leave it out. I do like the color it adds to this dish.
    Enjoy!
    My best,
    Nancyh

  7. This sounds so yummy! This may be an ignorant question (I track macros vs using Weight Watchers), but why are the skinny nutrition facts different than the freestyle smart point nutrition facts? I don’t understand how calories and macronutrients vary without it being a different serving size. Thanks for any clarity!!

  8. Before WW changed their plan this year, their former program had Freestyle SmartPoints. In that plan, you could subtract out certain foods that were considered zero points. That’s why the nutrition facts are different than the skinny facts for many recipes. I included both so people on WW would have those facts.
    I hope this helps, Kaci!
    My best,
    Nancy

  9. 3 stars
    Five stars for the recipe. One star for the calories listed. The tortellini alone is 200 calories a serving. The recipe was great, the calorie count wildly inaccurate

  10. Kathy, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this casserole. Thank you! And the nutritional info is correct for this recipe. You are right with the calories for tortellini but this recipe serves 6, not 4 servings. So for 1 serving, it’s not 200 calories for just the tortellini. I hope this helps.
    All the best,
    Nancy

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