Healthy Pasta Carbonara Anybody ?

November 17, 2011

Yummy Stuff

Many of us tend to associate Carbonara sauce with the words “fattening” or “cheat meal”, but this comforting recipe is perfectly healthy and can be ideal for a pre-workout meal, as long as you keep your portion in check that is.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small piece of pancetta, cut in small cubes (you can use the lean part only)
  • 10-15 Shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup of skim milk (or milk alternative: soy, almond…)
  • 1-2 tbsp.whole wheat flour
  • salt & pepper
  • minced parsley
  • a little bit of water
  • a little grated parmesan (optional)

Preparation

  • Put olive oil in hot pan and add onions, cook for about 2-3 min. on medium heat
  • Once onions are translucent, add pancetta cubes and sliced garlic cloves for another 3-4 min
  • Add Shiitake mushrooms to the mix (you might need to add a little water if it gets too dry)
  • Spice to taste (salt, pepper…)
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of flour to 1 cup of milk and dissolve
  • Add the milk and flour mix to pan and let it cook for about 10 additional minutes on low heat
  • Serve with whole wheat pasta or spaghetti
  • Top with minced parsley and a little bit of parmesan cheese
  • wait for 2 hours, and hit the gym (optional but recommended!)

Yum 🙂

 

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4 Comments on “Healthy Pasta Carbonara Anybody ?”

  1. m3lly78 Says:

    Im going to give this recipe a go! Here in Australia we have a really light, low-fat creamy alternative called ‘Carnation Light & Creamy’ which I usually use for “creamy” dishes and thicken with cornflour. But this looks yum and I love the shiitake mushrooms!

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  2. Laura DeAngelis Says:

    I look forward to giving this a try! Being Italian, I’m always looking for some healthier options to my traditional favorites. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • myfitstation Says:

      I know what you mean Laura, I am also part Italian and live in Croatia. Let me tell you that it’s not much diferent over here… People make fun of me when I snack on fruit (instead of pastry), hahaha 🙂

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