Tagliatelle carbonara

Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes, Calories per serving: 375


serves 2
110 g (4 oz) tagliatelle or linguine
low fat cooking spray
1 rasher of lean back bacon, snipped into pieces
4 spring onions, chopped finely
1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole
100 g tub of low fat soft cheese with herbs
1 small egg
100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) skimmed milk
15 g (1/2 oz) finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
sprigs of fresh parsley, to garnish


1. Cook the tagliatelle or linguine in a large pan of lightly salted, boiling water for about 8 minutes, or until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan and spray it with low fat cooking spray. Add the bacon and spring onions, and saute them with the garlic clove for about 5 minutes, until the onions are softened. Remove the garlic clove and discard - it has just been used to impart a little flavour to the finished dish.

3. Beat the soft cheese and egg together in a mixing bowl, and then add the bacon and spring onions, stirring until the mixture is combined. Add the milk, half the Parmesan cheese and the parsley. Season with a little salt and pepper.

4. Drain the pasta, reserving two tablespoons of the cooking liquid, and then return it to the saucepan with the reserved liquid. Stir in the egg and cheese mixture, and heat gently for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring, until it has cooked and thickened slightly.

5. Serve the pasta, sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan cheese and garnished with sprigs of parsley.

Variation: For a vegetarian alternative, omit the bacon and add 50 g (1 3/4 oz) of sliced button mushrooms. The Points per serving will be 5 1/2.

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posted by Laura @ 12:15PM, 10/13/11
This is by far my favourite so far i love it and it doesn't take long to prepare! i have this every week now! thank you!
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