#47 Recipe No.4 Cheats Carbonara

My mother was making stovies tonight with corn beef.. I hate both stovies and corn beef (not to mention I’m back on my diet) so she suggested I make my own tea. Having not an awful lot to work with (as I missed the shopping trip yesterday) I decided on an altered version of my cheat carbonara, using yellow peppers instead of the usual mushrooms, as of course my mother didn’t buy mushrooms.
It’s not one of my best recipes (or photography for that matter) but it’s so fast, so cheap, healthy and tasty, come on what more do you want? I ate this a lot when I was saving for a house when I first fell pregnant, it’s a definite student meal.
Usually my ingredients are enough for two people but as this was just for me I suggest you double the quantities. 

3 Rashers of Bacon (fat removed)
1/3 of a Yellow Pepper 
(Usually I use mushrooms instead of the pepper)
1/2 an Onion
2 Tbsp Extra Low Fat Cream Cheese
Splash of Milk
1 Clove of Garlic
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
1 Tsp of Chives
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fry Light
What You Need
 Large Pan, Frying Pan, Wooden Spoon/Spatula, Tea Spoon, Table Spoon, Chopping Board & Knife, Potato Pepper, Garlic Press, Kettle, Scissors, Colander
  1. Chop the onions and add to a frying pan sprayed with fry light, press the garlic clove and saute until soft.
  2. Cut the bacon into strips (I find this easiest to do with scissors) and add to the pan, turning down the heat slightly so the bacon can cook slowly rather than burn.
  3. While the kettle is boiling, put the spaghetti into a pan and crumble in a stock cube. Pour in the water and leave to cook for the required time. I like my spaghetti soft so I leave it to cook for a while but I know some like it al dente.
  4. Chop the peppers into strips and add to the frying pan. Then turn down the heat before adding the cream cheese and milk. 
  5. Drain off the water from the spaghetti and return to the pan. Add the contents from the frying pan and stir.
  6. Serve with ground black pepper (and Parmesan if you’re not on a healthy eating kick)
This took absolutely no time at all and because it was pasta it was filling. None of my recipes are “real” diet meals, just low fat and calorie alternatives due to selecting certain ingredients. If you are looking for real tasty recipes that are tried and tested, head over to Bel’s blog Journeys are my Diary.
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