Thursday, 2 September 2010

Low-Fat Spaghetti Carbonara

What does a girl need when hubby is yet again away on business (Dubai this time)? Well this girl needs comfort to make up for missing her hubby, the food type of comfort! This month’s Delicious magazine came to the rescue with this great version of the classic spaghetti carbonara but with a slimmed-down twist. It has half the fat and 125 fewer calories compared to a typical carbonara and you’d never know the difference! This certainly delivered the comfort I needed and I could quite easily eat this everynight. I will be making this for hubby and moi when he gets back.

Low Fat Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 4

400g dried spaghetti
2 tsp olive oil
6 rashers back bacon, rind and fat removed, chopped
1 garlic clove, lightly squashed
3 medium free-range egg yolks
5 tbsp low-fat fromage frais
50g Parmesan, grated
½ tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions.

Meanwhile, in another large frying pan, heat the oil and fry the bacon with the squashed garlic clove, until the bacon starts to brown. Remove the garlic clove from the pan with a slotted spoon and discard. Turn the heat off but keep the pan warm until the spaghetti is cooked.

While the bacon is cooking, mix together the egg yolks, fromage frais, half the Parmesan, the parsley and some seasoning in a bowl.

Using tongs, transfer the cooked, drained spaghetti to the pan with the still-warm bacon. Pour in the egg mixture, moving the spaghetti with the tongs to coat the pasta and thicken the egg mixture.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if need be, then serve the spaghetti carbonara sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan.

Your probably wondering why there is rainbow colours reflecting off my pasta? the reflections come from my sun-catcher crystals that I have hanging in my kitchen window. I think it looks pretty, don't you?


Anonymous said...

Hi Darling
This does look yummy! I can't wait to get home to try this and any goodies that may derive from your new addition to the cook book family on my return.
48 Celsius/118 Fahrenheit is no fun without you!
For ever yours..

Chele said...

Awe - how cute is your Hubby!!! I was going to comment on your pasta but his comment has rather stolen the show I'm afraid ;0)

Victoria said...

This recipe sounds yummy! I love spaghetti carbonara and, if it low in fat, it's even better! And, the rainbow colours reflecting in your pastas is really ciute :)

Ms B said...

Hello, I stumbled upon your blog as I was searching for spaghetti recipes! Carbonara - yey! And LOW FAT!?! Woohoo! Thank you! And now I shall prepare this for my hubby. :-)

cocoa and coconut said...

Very authentic recipe! Looks delicious...cabonara is one of my favourites. We make it with light and creamy evaporated milk to cut calories drastically :)

Jemima said...

Cows anyday. Butter and marg have the same amount of fat in them, it's just that butter has more saturated fat. Butter tastes so much better!

Thank you for your yummy recipe, I have just got back from honeymoon and have put on a few pounds needless to say!! Will be trying this out over the next week or so. xx

Finla said...

I do the same too when hubby is not there i make comfort food, but then till now daughter was with me when he was not there but from end of september she will be gone to college so i will be alone when hubby goes.
Love the less calorie crbonara.
So sweet of your hubby to come and add a comment here. He really miss you.

Lucie said...

Hubby has indeed stolen the show with his sweet comment :) This looks so delicious Maria - just the comfort you needed. Hugs x

Anonymous said...

pls tell me what is fromage frais,,any subsitute,,,

Hayley said...

Just want to say that this is mine and my partners favorite Spaghetti Carbonara recipe. Delish! I have made it once with fromage frais as suggested and the other time I used half extra light Philli and half low fat natural yoghurt. Thanks Goddess!

Fat Dormouse said...

I hope you don't mind, but I've linked to this page from my blog ( as I journal about the food I'm eating.

If it's a problem, please let me know and I'll remove the link immediately.

I have enjoyed browsing your blog.

suebou said...

I am trying this low fat recipe tonight...will let you know how well down it goes after we have eaten. Sue x

Anonymous said...

Going to try this tonight! <3

Unknown said...

Hello lovely blog!

Would you mind if I put a link to your blog on carbonara as I am Food Literature student and am comparing versions of recipes?

Lovely low fat recipe which I need to try out too!!


Annabel x

Maria♥ said...

Hi Annabel

I don't mind at all, feel free to put a link back to my blog :)