Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara traditionally includes ham or bacon. Here I’ve replaced the meat with mushrooms, for a vegetarian, lower calorie version of the dish without any compromise on flavour.

Recipe for Vegetarian spaghetti carbonara (serves 4)

Ingredient Calories per serving
300g wholewheat spaghetti 261
25g/1oz butter 45
220g mushrooms, diced 12
3 eggs 47
65g cheddar 28
20g parmesan 22
salt and pepper 0

Total calories per serving: 415

Method: Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the mushrooms until soft. Beat the eggs and grate the cheeses. Put a little of the parmesan to one side. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it, return it to the hot pan and stir the eggs, cheeses, seasoning and cooked mushrooms. The heat from the pasta will turn the eggs into a thick sauce. Dish up the meal and sprinkle the spaghetti with the reserved parmesan.

I served this with broccoli. 200g of broccoli adds 15 calories to each portion.