Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes I don't like to mess with main courses plus sides and a whole slew of dishes.  From time to time I like to make one large dish that serves as the entire meal with no sides needed.  Quite often a all encompassing meal will mean your sacrificing something, like health, or taste.  Both of which I'm not interested in giving up. 

 I found this tasty, light and easy pasta dish that is the healthy version of an all-time favorite to many.  Curl up with a bowl of this pasta for dinner or a quick and different lunch.  Give this one a shot.  It may become a regular.

Makes 6 servings (1 cup each)
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Pasta Carbonara (Nutrition info at bottom of post)
*recipe from cooking light
12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
6 ounces turkey-bacon slices, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk (I used 1%- even healthier!)
6 Tablespoons egg substitute
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until "al dente." Drain and keep warm.
 Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; stir frequently.
 Add garlic, and saute 1 minute or until tender.
 Reduce heat to low; stir in spaghetti, cheese, minced parsley and pepper.
 In a bowl, combine the milk and egg substitute.  Stir milk mixture into spaghetti mixture, and cook over low heat 5 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring constantly.  Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
 Serve and enjoy!  
Nutritional Value Per Serving:
362 Calories, 9.8g Fat, 18.7g Protein
45.2g Carb, 1.5g Fiber, 41mg Chol
2.7mg Iron, 471mg Sodium, 116mg Calc


Rie Rie said...

Wow Nicole your really ambitious! Last time Darin tried this dish it turned into mush and I can never master it either. I will try this recipe and see if it works any better! I love your blog!

Nicole said...

Thanks Marie:) I really like this one. It's nice and light! I haven't been as ambitious lately though. I have about 10 recipes waiting to be posted that I haven't had time to do. Hopefully soon! Glad you like my blog :)

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