Truth be told, I think I was Italian in a former life. I love their beauty, their fashion, The Godfather, their cars (oh how I love their cars!), but most importantly, their food. I truly think I could eat pasta every day of my life and be completely content. ‘Fat and Happy’ as my sweet husband would call it.
However, that fat part just doesn’t sit so well with me, and reality tells us that pasta every day is probably not the best idea. Nowadays, when I make pasta, I tend to lean towards a wheat pasta and load it up with roasted veggies in my sauce. The good thing about pasta, is that there are endless possibilities, and if you make it healthy- you’ll be able to whip up a great meal. The other great thing- It’s super quick, and generally speaking, super cost effective.
Have I mentioned, I love pasta??
Tonight’s healthier version of Bacon and Onion Fettuccini comes courtesy of my sweet mother, and while she didn’t call for wheat pasta, feel free to sub it in and make this dish even better! She even give some of the Weight Watchers breakdowns, friends! Best of all, this cooks up and makes it from skillet to table in about 15 minutes. Manga!!
Momma’s Bacon Onion Fettuccini
1 cup finely chopped red onion
2 cups hot cooked fettuccini noodles
1/3 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup grated fat free Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bacon bits (I use turkey bacon or soy- don’t tell my husband!)
1 tsp italian seasoning (optional, but do it!)
Go ahead and start by cooking your fettuccini noodles as directed on the box. It should take them about 12 minutes to get to ‘al dente’. Once your noodles are about done, coat a large skillet with cooking spray, and add your chopped onion. Saute until tender, about 4 minutes will do it, depending on how small you chopped! Stir in your noodles, and keep everyone happy on low.
Next, mix up the dry milk, water, cheese, bacon bits, and seasoning in a small bowl. Stir it on in with your onions and noodles, and let everyone get happy in the skillet. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.
Voila! It’s as simple as that!
Here’s the WW breakdown, for anyone interested:
(per half cup serving)
1 1/2 Starch