Today I’m sharing my Chicken Carbonara Recipe. It has a hidden protein in it, that you’ll never guess. A traditional pasta carbonara has eggs but given the amount of bacon, I changed this up to use cottage cheese, (I’m not a fan of cottage cheese either). You’ll never know it
has cottage cheese because it just melts into the hot pasta. The cottage cheese adds a nice lean protein making it even more filling.
This recipe has evolved through the years and I’ve finally got it to where I’ll say it’s perfect! It is an S meal and one of our favorite comfort foods! Adjust your pasta amounts based on your family size. (we like a lot of protein)
Chicken Carbonara Recipe
- 1 to 2 box Dreamfield’s Pasta (I like angel hair but any will do)
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 3 chicken breasts, cut up or in strips
- 1 tsp onion powder (or 1/4 c. sauteed onions)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil (or 1 Tbsp fresh)
- parmesan cheese
- Cut up the bacon and fry in a large frying pan. When crispy, remove bacon but leave the drippings in the pan.
- In a saucepan, bring water to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, place the chicken in the same hot frying pan you cooked the bacon in (that still has the grease in it). Season the chicken with onion powder, basil, salt, & pepper. Add the minced garlic to the pan when the chicken is almost finished frying.
- Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked, turn off burner and remove the chicken to a plate.
- By this time, the pasta should be done cooking so drain the water and add the pasta to the large frying pan that is full of all sorts of fried yumminess (the pasta picks up the flavors so this step is important). Stir the cottage cheese and previously fried bacon into the HOT pasta and mix well to incorporate.
- You can mix the chicken into the pasta (we do) or serve the chicken on top of your bed of pasta. Sprinkle with real parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
By the way….can I just say that I LOVE Trim Healthy Mama?! I love that once a week I have pasta (in moderation) and it’s not even considered a *cheat*. It is a versatile eating plan and I don’t feel like I’m on a diet at all!
This recipe has been linked up at Gwen’s Nest and Stacy Makes Sense for Trim Healthy Tuesdays.