Lighten up Pasta Carbonara: 5 Delicious Recipes

Creamy carbs and bacon. Music to my ears. But lately I've been trying to transform dishes that I really love into lighter version of themselves. And thankfully, many other cooks and recipe developers seem to be thinking the same way.

A most traditional pasta carbonara consists of cooked bacon, raw eggs, and parmesan cheese mixed into steaming hot spaghetti. The hot pasta very partially cooks the eggs and creates a simple, almost creamy sauce. If you're anything like my mom you might add peas. My boyfriend adds broccoli. Perhaps you like a sprinkling of red chile flakes. But to really revamp carbonara to create a lighter version, you're going to need some bigger structural changes that won't alter the taste or texture too terribly much. Thankfully, we've found a few inspiring adaptations, one that relies on tofu instead of bacon, another that adds chopped collard greens and kale for a bit of color.

Try a Recipe:
Pasta with Greens "Carbonara" - Gilt Taste
Low-Fat Spaghetti Carbonara Pasta with Peas - Oprah
Healthy Spaghetti Carbonara - Delicious Magazine
Vegetarian Carbonara with Smoked Sun-dried Tomatoes - The Chubby Vegetarain
Smoked Tofu Carbonara - Treehugger

Related: Pasta Carbonara from Pioneer Woman

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