Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A fever and some pasta

Spaghetti With Parmesan and Bacon
The Best of Cooking Light Copyright 2004

1 pound uncooked spaghetti I used Dreamfields
12 bacon slices, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large eggs
1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
1 ½ cups (6 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. D rain in a colander over a bowl, reserving ½ cup hot cooking liquid.
2. While pasta is cooking, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Discard remaining drippings and set bacon aside. Add garlic to drippings in pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
3. Combine milk, salt, pepper, and eggs, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add reserved hot cooking liquid to milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add pasta, milk mixture, and peas to pan; cook over low heat 3 minutes or until sauce thickens. Add bacon and cheese; stir to combine.

Yield: 8 servings. Per serving: 359 calories, 11.2 g fat, 18.9 g protein, 44.6 g carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 99 mg chol, 721 mg sodium

I couldn't fully appreciate this since my son wasn't feeling well and that always affects my appetite, worrying what lies ahead. Fortunately, so far this wasn't much more than a fever but it wasn't easy cooking dinner and tending to a sick child at the same time. When my son is well, he demands a 'huggie' about every 90 seconds. That interval is cut in half when he's not feeling well.

This recipe was similar to Linguine Carbonara. It's supposed to be a little bit lighter but comparing these two recipes right now, I'm not so sure about that! The sauce for this recipe was kind of loose but that worked to my advantage since hubby got home later and this was able to sit without drying out.

I'm finally getting some use out of this cookbook. Sometimes I get a mental block against a cookbook for a period of time and I think that's what happened with this book.

Question of the Day: Do you lose your appetite when you're stressed or do you eat more?


Annie said...

I eat more! I like crunchy things that I can keep munching on or chocolate.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to say that my appetite stays the same no matter what the situation. I wish I could find some circumstance that would lessen it!


Rebel In Ontario said...

I eat under stress!

I just printed this recipe, I'm making it right now for supper tonight it sounded so good!

Anonymous said...

Stress eater here! I eat more when I'm busy too.

Cyndi said...

Stress always causes me to eat more, especially of the wrong things. I eat things like chocolate and fried foods.

Rebel In Ontario said...

I made this for supper (as I said I would) but DH doesn't like peas so I just left them out and I had the stove too high (one problem with gas) and the eggs cooked too fast so it was like pasta with scrambled eggs! Still good and DH commented that it was like breakfast with pasta!