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Cin's Lower Fat Linguine Carbonara

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A light summer dish for pasta (and bacon) lovers. This is so easy and quick once you make it a couple of times.
  Linguine pasta/Spaghetti pasta 12 Ounce
  Turkey bacon strips 5 , diced
  Margarine substitute 2 Tablespoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Whole garlic cloves 2 , bruised
  Whole eggs 2
  Egg yolks 2
  Finely shredded parmesan cheese/Pecorino cheese 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Freshly ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Cheese and pepper 2 Tablespoon (for garnish)

Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, cheese, pepper, and salt. Set aside.

Boil the pasta in a large pot and well-salted water until 'al dente' (center should be tender enough to bite but still firm). Drain and return the pasta to its pan.

Time the following to finish as close a possible to the pasta (earlier than the pasta is better than later, but keep it hot):
In a large skillet on med-high heat, combine the bacon, garlic, oil, and shortening. Stir occasionally, cooking until the bacon is crisp. Remove and discard the garlic when it turns golden. Do not let it burn or it will impart a bitter taste on your pasta.

Immediately after returning the drained pasta to the pan, pour the hot bacon mixture over the pasta and toss to coat with a strong pair of tongs. Without delay, simultaneously toss the pasta with tongs and stream in the egg mixture. The constant stirring will produce a creamy, light sauce - there should be no cooked chunks of egg.

To plate, sprinkle the portions with extra cheese and cracked pepper.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
My Nanna used to make Spaghetti Carbonara for us when we were little. I always loved the taste of the salty pancetta, spicy pepper, and sweet cheese sauce. Carbonara got it's name from the carbon that fell on the pasta as coal miners ate their meal - symbolized here by the cracked pepper. I've substituted Turkey Bacon for the pancetta to reduce the fat a little. It's very good this way, but, of course, pancetta adds the best flavour and creamy texture with its high fat content.
Cin's Lower Fat Linguine Carbonara

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 642 Calories from Fat 271

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 31 g47.1%

Saturated Fat 12.8 g63.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 278 mg92.7%

Sodium 919.1 mg38.3%

Total Carbohydrates 59 g19.8%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12.1%

Sugars 1.8 g

Protein 35 g69.2%

Vitamin A 5.9% Vitamin C 2.7%

Calcium 40.9% Iron 20.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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