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Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas

Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas
Makes
4 Servings
Active Time
30 Minutes
Total Time
30 Minutes

Our healthy spaghetti carbonara recipe is lower in calories and fat than a traditional spaghetti carbonara recipe, plus it boasts 9 more grams of fiber per serving from whole-wheat pasta. For the best flavor, use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The eggs in the sauce are not fully cooked; if you’re concerned about consuming undercooked eggs, use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs in this spaghetti carbonara recipe.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Steps

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. About 3 minutes before it is done, stir in peas and garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Scrape the bacon drippings into a large bowl; add eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan, salt and pepper and whisk until combined.
  3. Chop the bacon and add to the egg mixture. When the pasta and peas are done, drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the water. Immediately stir the pasta, peas and the 3/4 cup water into the egg mixture, stirring quickly so the eggs don’t scramble. Let stand 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken the sauce. Serve each portion topped with 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese.

Tips

Tip: To bring eggs to room temperature, either set them out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge them (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrients per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each)

Calories 385
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 111mg
Sodium 659mg
Carbohydrates 53g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Potassium 320mg

Diabetic Exchanges 3 1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat

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