Cream sauce. Prosciutto. Cheese. Carbonara’s staple ingredients aren’t exactly health foods. But there are ways to update the indulgent Italian recipe so you can enjoy your favorite comfort food and still feel energized afterward.
We transformed the classic dish by placing its signature flavors on top of whole-wheat pizza dough, instead of mixing them into pasta. Whole grains like whole wheat offer a long list of health perks: They provide fiber, plant-based protein, and vitamins that can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Next, we didn’t go as heavy on the proportions—we kept it to 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, skim milk, olive oil, and two slices of prosciutto. (It may sound like too little, but it actually doesn’t take much of the flavorful cured meat to satisfy your salt cravings.)
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Foods like cheese and milk are known to be high in calcium, which keeps your bones strong. And what’s a healthy dish without something green in the mix? We stay true to the standard carbonara combo by adding peas to the pie too.
In this video, you’ll learn how to make this healthy carbonara pizza at home. The meal only tastes decadent (it clocks in at less than 350 calories per serving!), and can be ready in less than 15 minutes. Talk about a win-win.