Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas

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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.

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Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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)

  • ¾ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions

  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 (per serving)

385 Calories
10g Fat
53g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Vitamin A 1647IU 33%
Vitamin C 13mg 14%
Folate 81mcg 20%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Calcium 245mg 19%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 112mg 27%
Potassium 320mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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