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Guilt-Free Creamy Comfort: Healthier Spaghetti Carbonara

Guilt-Free Creamy Comfort: Healthier Spaghetti Carbonara | Italia Mia |

While spaghetti carbonara is not a daily indulgence if you're trying to lose weight, every once in a while you need something a little comforting. For one of those cool Fall nights when you're in need of a little Italian, this lightened-up recipe is sure to satisfy cravings. Forget dialing the Italian restaurant down the block, and create a healthier spaghetti carbonara in the comfort of your own kitchen.

From Cristina Ferrare,


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces 1/4-inch-thick pancetta, diced into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 cup low-fat milk, chill taken off
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh mint leaves

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In Italy "Minestra Maritata" - in US "Italian Wedding Soup"

In Italy "Minestra Maritata" - in US "Italian Wedding Soup" | Italia Mia |

The term "wedding soup" is a mistranslation of the Italian language phrase "minestra maritata," which is a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meats go well together. The minestra maritata recipe is also prepared by the families of Lazio and Campania during the Christmas season (a tradition started from the Spanish domination of Italy to the present days). Some form of minestra maritata was long popular in Toledo, Spain, before pasta became an affordable commodity to most Spaniards. The modern wedding soup is quite a bit lighter than the old Spanish form, which contained more meats than just the meatballs of modern Italian-American versions.

Meatballs (can be done ahead of time*)
1/2 pound ground beef, thawed
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp plain bread crumbs
1/2 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp dried parsley
1 egg
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped (roughly 1 small)
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and sliced into coins (roughly 2 carrots)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
6-8 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1/2 cup acini di pepi (can use orzo)
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed

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