Minggu, 20 Februari 2011

I'm on a Roll


I love pasta. I could eat it every day, especially Fettuccine Alfredo and Pasta Carbonara but of course those are the two fattiest pasta meals you could possibly eat. So, I decided to do my own low-calorie pasta carbonara! Here's the recipe (sorry no pictures for this one because frankly I was too tired):
Pasta Carbonara
(Makes 4 servings)
*** just under 500 calories/serving! Not bad for dinner!

Ingredients:
*4 chicken breasts
*1 cup cooked peas
*5 slices Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey bacon
*Whole wheat Spaghetti pasta

Sauce:
*6 wedges of Light Laughing Cow Cheese
*1 cup skim milk
*1 tablespoon butter
*1/4 cup chopped onion
*Clove of garlic
*1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
*This meal is a multi-tasker so it’ll be hard to give you step by step instructions basically just cook it all so it gets done at the same time :o)

*I started by cooking the pasta since that takes longest
*Next I started the chicken breast; I did it in a frying pan. I simply browned both sides then added about ¼ cup white wine and ¼ cup water and let the chicken simmer in it to soak up the yummy wine flavor. Once the liquid was absorbed I seasoned it with salt and pepper.
*Once the chicken was started I put the turkey bacon on. The package recommends doing doing 5 minutes a side but I kept it on a little longer since I like my bacon really crispy!
*While all of this was going on I threw the peas in the microwave to let them cook, then threw them in a mixing bowl when they were finished.
*Finally, I started the sauce. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook, so plan accordingly. It’s so simple just combine all the ingredients and let it simmer until it thickens and looks smooth and creamy.
*Once the bacon is done, I chopped it up into small pieces and mixed it with the peas, then added the cooked pasta to that as well. When the sauce was nice and creamy I threw that into the mixing bowl and tossed all the ingredients together. Finally, I sliced up my chicken breast and put that on top.

It was delicious! The only thing is the sauce was a little sour for my taste due to the Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese, so I added some salt to the meal and it helped quite a bit. In the future I’ll add salt while the sauce is cooking.  I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tonight!

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