B-Healthier Chicken Carbonara

26 02 2009

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My ingredients:

  • 1 box Whole Wheat Linguini, cooked to al dente (8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk
  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1/4- 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  cups cooked chicken, in pieces ( I just cut up mine through cooking) 
  • 1/2  cup  grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  bacon slices, cooked and chopped

I found a recipe on Cooking light for Asparagus Carbonara that was quite similar so I used that as a guide for the method of the egg sauce cooking etc.

Cook pasta in boiling water 10 minutes or until al dente; add spinach while drain pasta mixture in a colander over a bowl.
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Reserve 1/3 cup hot starch water. Combine reserved cooking liquid, egg substitute, and milk, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. 1 BLOG 014
Add pasta mixture; stir to combine.1 BLOG 016

Remove from heat; stir in egg mixture, chicken, and cheese. Place pan over medium heat, and cook 4 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently.
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Remove from heat; stir in parsley, salt, pepper. Serve immediately.
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My notes:
I had prepped  after lunch before class so that it was easy to throw together after a late class! I had cooked the bacon in my skillet and drained the grease. Cooked the chicken in that pan with some pepper and salt. I threw all that in the fridge along with my egg and milk mix ( minus the hot starch from the pasta water).
When I got home from class, I diced the onion and threw it in the pan with olive oil while I cooked the pasta.

I used frozen spinach and let the hot pasta steam it.
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10 responses

26 02 2009
Filipino Recipes

You have a very nice presentation of your recipes. More power and God Bless!

26 02 2009


26 02 2009
Lesley Borger

It looks delicious, GREAT recipe!

26 02 2009

wow that looks amazing! ill be saving this recipe 🙂

26 02 2009
Missy (Missy Maintains)

Looks great!!

26 02 2009
Lara (Thinspired)

This looks like a great recipe! I love “healthified” versions of previously heavy foods. I’m definitely bookmarking this one!

26 02 2009
Lara (Thinspired)

P.S. Thanks for the support/discussion with the calorie thing. I will probably continue to do it when I can but not have be a regular feature. Eventually I hope that I can eat more intuitively anyway (like you) and not have to worry about counting to maintain!

26 02 2009

Good gravy, that looks delicious! Bummer that you have to cook on an electric stove, though. I am so over those things! 🙂

27 02 2009

looks oh so delicious 🙂

27 02 2009

oh I am so delighted to read your comments! It was really tasty- Andrea really enjoyed it and Jeff liked it today as well!

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