Healthy Carbonara


We LURVE a good pasta even more so when it’s accompanied with a cheeky wine because #balance. Pasta doesn’t have to be something you avoid if you take the time to make it yourself with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Nowadays there are soooo many healthier pasta options at your local grocery stores like spelt, chickpea, black rice or buckwheat to name a few. 

We love pasta because……

  • It’s affordable and doesn’t break the bank
  • You can bulk up your pasta with plenty of vegetables & protein to make your meal more balanced and nutrition dense.
  • It has low sodium and its cholesterol free
  • It’s the perfect dinner to cook when you’re short of time as it’s quick & easy to make
  • It’s the perfect freezer meal for those days when your time poor or don’t feel like cooking

By following some of our low fat and healthier pasta options you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite pasta dishes without the guilt so you never have to miss out on your favourite pasta dishes again. So we’re bringing to you our Low Fat Carbonara. 

Time: Approx 30 mins
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

1 x packet of spelt spaghetti (or spaghetti of your choice)
10 x rindless shortcut bacon pieces, diced
4 x eggs
½ cup of parmesan, grated
1 x large brown onion, finely diced
½ cup of zucchini, grated
½ cup of green peas
1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
2 x tsp of garlic, finely chopped
Dash of olive oil
Salt & pepper

Method:

Step 1: Start chopping the vegetables and bacon as specified in the ingredients list

Step 2: Cook the bacon for 6 to 8 minutes in a non-stick pan with a dash of olive oil on medium to high heat. Once you have reached your ideal bacon crispness, remove the bacon from the pan and put aside in a bowl.

Step 3: Whilst the bacon is cooking, cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet

Step 4: Cook the onion in a dash of oil in a different pot and cook on medium heat until the onion is browned. Add the green peas and zucchini and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and put aside with your bacon.

Step 5: In a bowl, whisk together the garlic, eggs, parmesan, parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper

Step 6: Set aside ½ cup of the pasta water then drain and rinse the pasta once it is cooked.

Step 7: Return the pasta to the pot you cooked it in and add the bacon, onion, green peas and zucchini

Step 8: Pour the wet mixture over the top of the pasta, veggies and bacon and stir quickly to mix everything together

Step 8: Toss over a low heat for 1-2 minutes until mixed through evenly. Note: If the mixture looks a bit dry for your liking, add a tiny bit of the pasta water you saved earlier and slowly add more at your discretion

Step 9: Serve into bowls, sprinkle with some extra parmesan cheese & ENJOY

Much love from the Akia Rose Activewear team xx