Without boring you with the details, I’m currently living with my Mum and don’t have the patience or inclination to devote time to prepping fresh food. Thank goodness then for the Hairy Dieters’ Tagliatelle Carbonara, a filling, tasty and calorie friendly twist on an Italian classic dish when can be prepped and on the table inside 20 minutes. My Mum loves it too -bonus!
75g of pasta might not seem like much between two people, but trust me, the mushrooms, courgettes and tomatoes really help to bulk the meal out and the addition of the crème fraiche gives the meal that authentic, creamy taste for less than 300 calories per portion!
Incidentally, the Hairy Dieters have some excellent pasta dishes like this one tucked away towards the back of their second book. Check them out, and I’ll try to feature some of them on my blog in due course.
Recipe: Tagliatelle Carbonara
Calories: 279 per portion
Book: The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life
Prep time: Approx 10 mins
Cooking time: 10-12 mins
Ingredients: 75g dried tagliatelle pasta, 2 rashers rindless lean smoked back bacon, oil (for spraying), 200g small chestnut mushrooms (sliced), 1 medium courgette (trimmed and cut into 1.5cm dice), 10 cherry tomatoes (halved), 4 tbsp half-fat crème fraiche, 15g finely grated parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper
Cost per portion: Approx £1.33
Method: Half fill a large saucepan with cold water and bring it to the boil. Add the pasta, stir well, and return to the boil. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
While the pasta is cooking, trim any visible fat off the bacon and cut the rashers into 2cm wide strips. Mist a medium non-stick frying pan with oil and fry the bacon and mushrooms together for 4 minutes over a medium-high heat until they’re starting to brown, stirring regularly.
Add the courgette and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute more. Drain the pasta in a colander, then tip it back into the saucepan.
Add the bacon, mushrooms, courgette and tomatoes. Spoon over the crème fraiche and add the cheese and a few twists of ground black pepper. Toss lightly together.