Monday, January 24, 2011

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
Adapted by Dinner at Christina’s
Makes 4 Servings

12 oz. spaghetti
6 slices turkey bacon
1 tbsp minced garlic, jarred
2 eggs
¾ cup parmesan cheese
black pepper, for garnish
Salt, to taste

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil; add pasta. Cook 8-10 minutes. While water is coming to a boil, brown bacon in a large pan over medium heat until almost crispy. Add garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and dice bacon. In a bowl, crack eggs and whisk well. Add cheese and black pepper. Set aside. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of pasta water. Immediately add pasta back in pot, and add egg mixture. Use two forks to toss pasta in egg mixture. Add pasta water to thin it. Add bacon/garlic mixture and toss well. Add black pepper for garnish. Add salt if desired.

Nutritional Information: 460 calories, 58 carbs, 13 fat grams and 30 protein grams.

Review: We loved it! I would never in a million years think that eggs and parm would make such a yummy, thick, rich pasta sauce - I was pretty fascinated by that! This recipe was super easy to cook and I was pleased that it had so much protein even though it wasn't my usual 1 pound of meat recipe. Also, CHEAP. Estimation: $1 box of pasta $.25 eggs $.75 parmesan serving, $1 bacon serving; $.15 garlic/pepper/salt serving = $3.15 for entire recipe or $.78 per serving and let me tell you - it was FILLING! I'm a huge fan and will be making this easy, flavorful pasta dish again!


Erin said...

Looks great! I make a similar dish but instead of bacon, I toss in steamed broccoli or asparagus to sneak in a vegetable. My mom made that pasta for me when I was little with just the parmesan and egg.

Pam said...

One of my very favorite pasta dishes - yours looks wonderful!

fittingbackin said...

Erin: I LOVE this idea! Thanks for commenting!

Pam: I'm such a first time but SUCH a fan!

Mom on the Run said...

UM....YUM!!! I love quiche but no one else in my house will eat it. This is a great way to prepare it :)

gettinfit said...

I made this last night and it was delicious! I also reheated it for lunch today and it was still delicious. I love recipes that I can take to work and feel full for the rest of the day with out eating 1,000 calories!

I read your recipe blog daily to see what new things I want to try in my kitchen. Thank you for counting calories and doing all the leg work so I can just buy the ingredients and cook them with no need to count. You're recipe blog is the best thing I have found yet for making meals in a healthy way. THANK YOU! OH, and I am so glad most of them are 500 or less per serving :)

fittingbackin said...

Momontherun: Thanks!!

Gettinfit: Thank you so much for the feedback! I'm so glad and I agree - it reheats well and is filling! Thanks so much for coming by and for trying out recipes - I love the feedback and any ideas for how you tweak the recipes! I enjoying doing the math and finding a way to make my favorite foods - thanks again for your sweet comment!