According to Cook This Not That, spaghetti carbonara is “the Italians’ take on bacon and eggs”. This is the much healthier version. I was a little tripped out by cracking eggs over the pasta, tossing, and then being ready to go. But I stuck with it and the end result was so delicious. It’s amazing how many calories you can shave off by making this dish at home and swapping out some ingredients for healthier ones (i.e. zucchini). I even used whole wheat pasta and that added nutrition as well as a bit of a nutty flavor boost. Try it, you’ll like it!
Mmmm… Pasta! I love Italian food. Baked Ziti probably makes the list in the top 5, although it would be hard for me to narrow a top five. I’m typically no fan of spicy, but this recipe had a good kick to it. It’s amazing how much punch the red pepper flakes can pack. From now on, I think I’ll halve the measurement every time it’s called for. It alsways surprises me how spicy it ends up being. I used the leftover turkey sausage links from the Sausage with Peppers recipe and they worked out just great. That’s another thing I love about Cook This Not That, they use the same ingredients throughout the whole book. So you don’t buy something and use it just once, you can use it several times, until it’s gone.
I know I’ve said it a million times. But seriously, I am in love with my Cook This Not That cookbook. In love. There are so many recipes that have turned out so delicious. That’s pretty rare, I would say. Most cookbooks have a few good recipes – but this one has almost all good recipes. This particular recipe was fun to make. Messy, extremely messy. But fun. The honey mustard sauce was the perfect condiment to drizzle over the top. Since the chicken itself was 350 calories and I wanted a side, I paired it with freebies: vegetables! You can’t go wrong with some steamed veggies! They were the perfect side and this was the perfect meal.
There are some recipes you try and they are good, and there are some recipes you try and they are great. This is one of those recipes that is great. If you’ve ever had Olive Garden’s Chicken Marsala, this tastes exactly like it! I’ve got a little beef with the Olive Garden and their ridiculously high calorie meals – so this recipe comes at a great time. Last week I went to lunch with some friends and had no idea until later that night as I was counting my calories discovered my lunch was 1175 calories! That’s insane. This dish comes in at a wonderful 400 calories. The perfect size meal. Granted I did add mashed potatoes.. but you can’t have chicken without a side. I didn’t have prosciutto (and frankly I don’t care for it – had a bad experience on our honeymoon) so I just left it out. Also, see my note at the end of the recipe in regards to the wine. This dish is fantastic and will be made again and again.