I have had a few requests for a healthy and tasty carbonara recipe so I thought it was about time I obliged! Now I’m not the biggest fan of carbonara as I find it rather carb heavy and plain so I decided to pump up the taste factor as well as the veg component and the result was delicious and tasted exactly like something you would have in a restaurant. The gorgonzola added a lovely distinctive flavour which both the OH and I really enjoyed but if you don’t like gorgonzola, feel free to replace this with some low fat crème fraiche. This was my first time cooking with kale and I really enjoyed it. It added a lovely texture to the dish and a lovely pepperiness (plus its so good for you!!)
Smoked Bacon, Kale and Gorgonzola Pasta
Serves 2 = 14sp (was 12pp) per person
5 smoked bacon medallions (I used Sainsbury’s), roughly chopped into bitesize chunks
½ large onion, finely chopped
Small box of mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
75ml white wine (optional)
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp crushed chillies (optional, we like things with a little kick)
80g gorgonzola, roughly chopped into large chunks
2 tbsp single cream
Pop the pasta on to cook. When it has four minutes left, throw in the kale. Once cooked, drain.
Meanwhile take a large frying pan, spray with 1kal and add the bacon. Fry for around 5 minutes until it starts to go a little crispy. Add the onions and fry until soft (another 5-6 minutes), then add the mushrooms and garlic frying another 2 minutes. Add the wine and bay leaf and simmer until the wine has reduced by half. Then add the gorgonzola and leave to melt into a lovely sauce. Then add the crushed chillies and cream, stir and season to your taste (I like a little salt and a good twist of black pepper). Simmer on low for a few minutes until the sauce thickens a little. Then tip in the cooked pasta and kale, tossing together until the pasta is well coated. Leave to simmer another minute and serve.