Healthy Carbonara
Recipe from Parents

Fat-free half-and-half makes a low-fat cream sauce for the pasta, bacon, and peas in this 20 minute dinner.



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Ingredients
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    1  9  ounce package 
    fettuccine
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    1   cup 
    frozen green peas
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    3   slices 
    center-cut bacon
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    small onion, chopped
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    3   
    garlic cloves, minced
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    thyme
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    1/2  cup 
    fat-free half-and-half
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    shredded Parmesan

Directions
1.
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, but don't salt the water. Three minutes before the pasta is supposed to be done, add the green peas to the pot. Drain, and reserve 3/4 cup of cooking liquid.
2.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large saucepan on medium-high heat until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and discard all except 2 teaspoons of drippings. Add onion to the pan and saute for 3 minutes in the leftover drippings. Add garlic and thyme, and cook another minute. Stir in pasta and peas, reserved cooking liquid, and half-and-half. Cook 2 minutes. Crumble bacon on top of pasta and toss with cheese.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 326, Fat, total (g) 10, carb. (g) 44, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 16, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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