Tomato and Asparagus Carbonara

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322 CALORIES 52g CARBS 15g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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I have always loved carbonara but when I saw this recipe in Cooking Light, it was the first time I had see a vegetarian carbonara and couldn't wait to try it.  I loved the idea of including fresh summer tomatoes and asparagus with the creamy egg and Parmesan sauce and let me tell you, the recipe didn't disappoint.  You can make it with any type of pasta, but I prefer using penne, rigatoni, or another pasta shape with crevices so the sauce really sticks to the pasta.  I imagine this would also work great with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash although I haven't tried it yet.

The Recipe
Tomato and Asparagus Carbonara

Tomato and Asparagus Carbonara

Adapted from myrecipes.com
PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 20 Min
TOTAL TIME: 25 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. asparagus, chopped
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 U egg
  • 8 oz. high fiber pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

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Instructions

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1

Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.

2

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Finally add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes until tender.

3

In a bowl, whisk together the Parmesan, salt, pepper, and egg.

4

When the pasta is ready, immediately stir into the egg and Parmesan mixture. Add tomatoes and asparagus, tossing until sauce thickens. Stir in the basil.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
22%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 56mg
19%
Sodium 555mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate 52g
18%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 7g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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