* Me: I loved it . . . not too rich, I would double the asparagus and cut the chicken in half.
* Middle: Liked it cold as a school lunch.
* Big: Ate two servings after practice.
* Little: Slurped up a ton of noodles and asked for more bacon. Made a pile of asparagus on the side of his plate for me.
* MOTH: Said the asparagus was a touch overcooked for his liking, but he still ate it and I don't think it was to keep me from crying.
* Mimi: Ate noodles and bacon and requested that next time I save some just plain noodles before the "goo" goes in.
From Cooking Light: Chicken Asparagus Carbonara
- 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 2 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 3/4 pound)
- 1/2 cup egg substitute
- 1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion $
- 1/4 cup dry vermouth
- 2 cups chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast meat
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled $
- Cook pasta in boiling water 10 minutes or until al dente; add asparagus during final 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta mixture in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid. Combine reserved cooking liquid, egg substitute, and milk, stirring with a whisk.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add vermouth; cook 1 minute. Add pasta mixture; stir to combine. Remove from heat; stir in milk mixture, chicken, and cheese. Place pan over medium heat, and cook 4 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, salt, pepper, and bacon. Serve immediately.
Raw egg yolks and whipping cream traditionally add the creaminess and fat to pasta carbonara. This lighter version with asparagus and chicken achieves the same texture with egg substitute and nonfat evaporated milk. Prevent the eggs from scrambling by being careful not to heat the egg mixture too rapidly. Eat this dish immediately to enjoy its velvety creaminess; if it stands, the sauce can become too thick.