Tomato & Asparagus Carbonara

Tomato and Asparagus CarbonaraI keep reiterating this notion that just because food is healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste like the diet plate. This plate of pasta is delicious, full of veggies, and it’s made with low-fat cream. That means it’s got half the fat and calories as your traditional pasta. It’s such a great way get the creamy mouthful of a real carbonara but with whole grain pasta and tons of veggies. Here’s the recipe:

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1/2 pound of penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 pound of fresh asparagus, chopped
1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup of vegetable stock
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of light cream (fat free cream works too)
1 teaspoon of cornstarch slurry (1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cold water)

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