one pot: leftover winter carbonara

Italian purists would be screaming at me right now but what are ya gonna do? The family are hungry and after christmas, they are fed up with eating cold turkey.

feel free to leave out the butter to keep it lower in syns but I really feel that the leek and mushrooms benefit from the butter.

Serves 4-6 (if serving 4 only use 350g spaghetti/pasta same principle)

2 tsp butter (block butter, not margarine, that stuff is so unhealthy flies won’t even touch it, originally made to fatten turkeys! – syn according to your brand IF using)

500g spaghetti or pasta,

200g thinly sliced mushrooms,

A good handful or two of leftover turkey (or chicken),

4 smoked bacon medallions (roughly chopped),

1 large leek, 1 small onion thinly sliced,

200ml skimmed milk (syns or part of HEA – will also need boiling water)

1 large grated clove of garlic,

4 tbsp freshly grated parmesan (1 syn per tbsp)

Pinch of thyme,

salt and pepper.

  1. Heat a large pan over a high heat, add a generous spray of low cal spray and add the bacon leaving it to crisp.
  2. Add half the butter to the pan along with the leek and onion and a generous pinch of salt and pepper, stir and cover with a lid for 5 minutes stirring every so often until the leek and onion are soft.
  3. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until they start to get a little colour before adding the garlic and thyme.
  4. Add the milk and turkey/chicken, when the milk starts to simmer add in the pasta.
  5. shimmy the pan to level out the ingredients then add enough boiling water (must be boiling) to just come up to the level of the pasta and place a lid on the top until the pan comes to a boil.
  6. Remove the lid and stir every so often for 6-8 minutes.
  7. When the water is almost gone stir in the butter and parmesan, season to taste and serve.

It may seem like a lot of steps but all the steps help to make the dish a whole lot better than the one-pot dishes that basically boil the vegetables. Please don’t add the pasta to the milk until it is simmering and only add boiling water, this way the pasta boil rather than stews. If you use cold water, the pasta will be mushy.

Love Emily, chef who slims x



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