You'll love this light twist on traditional WW spaghetti carbonara with peas. The Italian dish traditionally features heavy cream and fatty bacon, but this version is lightened up with healthier ingredients.
The creamy carbonara gets its velvety sauce from a mixture of freshly grated parmesan and eggs.
Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish with a creamy sauce made with eggs, grated cheese and ham which tends to be a very heavy meal. I like to lighten it up by omitting the heavy cream making it more waistline friendly.
This light carbonara recipe or ricetta-rezepte as my world traveling friends like to call it can be made in under 30 minutes. Easy enough for a mid week dinner yet fancy enough for a dinner party.
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Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this mouth watering healthy style bacon carbonara with peas recipe!!
- Weight Watcher Friendly - This easy low calorie WW Spaghetti Carbonara with no cream added recipe is only 7 points for one large serving on my WW Plan when you divide this recipe into 4 servings. If you divide into 8 smaller servings it's only 3 ½ points and then you have room for some bread for dipping.
- Since the new Weight Watchers plan is personalized you will have to input the ingredients used into your WW app to get your exact points.
- Easy to Make - This authentic WW Pasta recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and under 30 minutes to prepare.
- Kid Friendly - This healthy WW Spaghetti dinner is a perfect meal for the kids. With that delicious bacon flavor the kids won't even notice you snuck in the peas.
- Budget Friendly - Costs less that $20.00 to prepare this classic Weight Watchers Italian recipe.
Ingredients needed and substitutions:
- Pasta - I used Garofalo spaghetti which is a really good brand. You can use any style pasta. If you want to cut the carbs you can even use Spaghetti Squash and make a yummy spaghetti squash carbonara recipe/resipi.
- Parmesan Cheese - For this creamy pasta carbonara recipe I grated fresh parmesan. Try adding another cheese like Romano for optimal flavor.
- Center Cut Bacon - Center cut bacon has less fat than standard bacon. For even less fat and calories you can swap out the center cut bacon and make a spaghetti carbonara with turkey bacon..just as good a little less calories.
How to make Spaghetti Carbonara with a light Alfredo sauce...
1: Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium. Add in your chopped bacon, garlic and onion and cook until crispy about 15 minutes.
2: While your bacon is crisping cook your spaghetti according to the package directions. During the last minutes of cooking drop your peas into the pot of boiling water with your spaghetti.
3: Grab a large mixing bowl add your eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper and whisk together and set aside.
4: Grab a ¼ cup of the hot water from your pasta pot and add it to your cheese and egg mixture. Drain your pasta and peas and add to your skillet with the bacon, onion and garlic and mix up.
5: Whisk in your egg and cheese mixture with your pasta in the skillet. Place your skillet back over medium low heat and cook stirring until your mixture is very creamy, about 1 minute. Divide your pasta evenly among 4 plates or bowls and sprinkle with some fresh parsley and black pepper. Mangia!!!
Watch the How to Make Healthy Spaghetti Carbonara here..
A typical Spaghetti Carbonara dish at a restaurant has around 574 calories and 27 grams of fat per serving. Normally a restaurant dish is more than one serving so calories could easily climb over 1000. I recommend making your own homemade spaghetti carbonara and cut your fat and calories in half.
Pinot Grigio and White Chardonnay would be the ideal partner. However if you absolutely had to have a red, we'd suggest going for a Chianti Classico.
WW basically gives wine 4 points for 5 ounces, whether it be a smooth and juicy red wine like Merlot or a crisp and fruity white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. So basically any wine you want is ok on WW.
Prosecco normally has less calories than wine. A single glass contains on average about 60 calories less than a glass of wine. One of the biggest reasons for this is that Prosecco has a lower alcohol content compared to wine.
- To prevent the burning of your onion and garlic, cook your bacon first..get it crispy and set it aside. Then saute the onion and garlic by themselves in the same pan. Once they are cooked add the bacon back in. By doing this you get an even cook on everything.
- When mixing your pasta with the sauce keep in the skillet and gently fold together with 2 forks.
- Try mixing different grated cheeses like Parmesan and Romano for a heightened flavor.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Points System.
This No Cream Light Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas Recipe is only 7 Points on my app for one serving depending on how you divide your pasta. Weight Watchers has a new individualized program right now to make it easier to enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight.
Just plug the ingredients into your WW app to confirm the points for your individual program.
Make sure you check out my Newbie WW Tips and Tricks Guide if you are just getting started.
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