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Remember pasta? Not rice pasta, or buckwheat noodles, or even zoodles, but real, honest to goodness, before the days of gluten free just because it’s fashionable, or Paleo madness – PASTA. Insert long sad sigh here…
Well, here’s some news folks. This mostly healthy eating RD hasn’t given up pasta, and I never plan to. I love it because it’s a quick and inexpensive meal that can be dressed up for company, or down for just me and you, and prepared in a matter of minutes. Perfect for a busy lifestyle. I also love pasta because it’s a perfect base to pair with protein and vegetables, to make a really healthy high energy meal. Finally, I love it because sometimes there’s nothing else that satisfies me like a big bowl of pasta.
So here’s to National Pasta Month! I’m celebrating, along with my friends over at the Recipe ReDux, and we hope you’ll whip up some of these recipes and celebrate too.
My family has always loved Pasta Carbonara, so it’s the inspiration for today’s recipe. Traditional Carbonara is a luscious dish full of butter, cream, eggs, Parmesan cheese and bacon. It’s a fabulously delicious breakfast for dinner kind of pasta. I lightened it up just a bit, boosted the protein with more eggs, and turned the entire dish into one of my favorite easy weeknight meals – a frittata. This Pasta Carbonara Frittata is a bake-it-ahead-of-time-and-eat -it for-dinner-with-leftovers-for-breakfast kind of a meal. Wait – did I just say pasta for breakfast? Happy sigh…
I used whole-wheat pasta in today’s recipe because I love the whole grain goodness and extra fiber and nutrients it provides. It’s not the way they would do it in Italy, but makes it just a little bit healthier.
OK and while we’re on the subject, I don’t think they add leeks either, but I like the green-ness, and crunch. I thought about adding some spinach for even more veggies… Let me know if you try it. I’ll bet it’s delicious.
What’s your family favorite pasta dinner?