Eating out is always a bit of a mine field when it comes to Weight Watchers, there are a few general guidelines but without actually going into the kitchen with a set of scales and harassing the chef (they do not like this) it is pretty much a guessing game.
One of the guidelines when eating pasta is to avoid anything creamy, opt for a tomato based sauce instead. This is sound advice generally as even the most novice of weight watchers knows cream beats tomato in a game of propoint top trumps. However, does this mean I can never again experience the delights of a nice Carbonara?
NOT ON MY WATCH!
I really do love a good carbonara, heck, I even love a bad carbonara. There is just something about the creamy saucy pasta mixed with the salty bacon that speaks to my soul. So, I set about creating a Weight Watchers version I could easily make at home...
And here it is...
- 160g Spaghetti
- 2 rashers Bacon (fat trimmed)
- 100g Creme Fraiche (Half fat)
- 1 Chicken Stock Cube
- 1-2 pints Water
The stock is really just there to take away the slight yoghurt-y flavour of the creme fraiche. You could go without, but in my opinion its what makes this dish!
You could also throw all sorts of vegetables in with this, I have made it with mushrooms instead of bacon and it is lovely! Just go wild, it is very versatile.