Pasta and Grains: Pasta and Noodle Dishes: Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Feel indulgent while sticking to your weight-loss goals with this creamy mushroom pasta. This Recipe Makeover yields less calories and fat than traditional creamy pastas.
Per serving: 349 calories and 7g fat.
Saves: 216 calories and 15g fat!

Author: Fresh Finesse
Date: November 04, 2010

Serves: 4 person(s)

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

    Traditional creamy pasta dishes have oodles of fat and calories. The healthier Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce uses fresh herbs, low-fat sour cream, Canadian bacon, and less shell pasta.
  Recipe Makeover

    2 slices Canadian bacon or links of lean turkey bacon, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    4 flat mushrooms, sliced
    200 g low-fat sour cream
    3 cup shell pasta, cooked
    1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
    1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  Traditional Recipe

    2 thick slices bacon, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    4 flat mushrooms, sliced
    200 g sour cream (or heavy cream)
    4 cup shell pasta, cooked
    1 pinch black pepper
    1 tsp ground thyme

Directions:

    Gently cook bacon, onion and garlic in a large saucepan until soft. Add mushrooms. Cook 3 minutes. Drain fat. Remove from heat. Add sour cream, pasta, pepper, and thyme; combine. Stir in cooked pasta.

    Serve hot in pasta bowls.

Variations:

    If desired, serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and a green salad and/or vegetables.

    If nonfat sour cream is available, it can be substituted in an equal amount.

    Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:349 cals565 cals
Kilojoules:1,461 kJ2,365 kJ
Fat7.0 g22.0 g
Carbohydrates56.0 g73.0 g
Protein13.0 g15.0 g
Cholesterol26.0 mg34.0 mg
Sodium169 mg172 mg
Saturated Fat4.0 g10.0 g
Fiber2.0 g2.0 g
Calcium71.0 mg70.0 mg
Total Sugars2.8 g3.0 g

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