Pea and Spinach Carbonara is a great healthy meal. Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don’t get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.
- 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 (9 ounce) package fresh tagliatelle or linguine
- 8 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
Method – Making Pea and Spinach Carbonara
- Put 10 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan and parsley. Set aside.
- Whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons Parmesan, egg yolks, egg, pepper and salt in a medium bowl.
- Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add spinach and peas and cook until the pasta is tender, about 1 minute more. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water. Drain and place in a large bowl.
- Slowly whisk the reserved cooking water into the egg mixture. Gradually add the mixture to the pasta, tossing with tongs to combine. Serve topped with the reserved breadcrumb mixture.
- Serving size: 1 cup
- Per serving: 430 calories; 15 g fat(4 g sat); 8 g fiber; 54 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 53 mcg folate; 223 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 8,198 IU vitamin A; 50 mg vitamin C; 246 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 586 mg sodium; 160 mg potassium
- Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (164% daily value), Vitamin C (83% dv), Iron (33% dv), Calcium (25% dv)
- Carbohydrate Servings: 3½
- Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 fat, 1 vegetable, ½ high-fat protein, ½ medium-fat protein