Wednesday, 3 February 2016

One Pan Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Homemade Creamy Carbonara Sauce

What would you do when you've got a craving for creamy sauce pasta but yet there's no cream at home? The answer is "Do-It-Yourself!" & that's exactly what I did >.~ 

Ingredients (serves 1 toddler & 1 adult):

150g of organic sliced beef
5 mini portobello mushrooms, sliced
4 small red onions, sliced
1 garlic, sliced
1 big Japanese cucumber, diced
150g of Alce Nero organic whole wheat spaghetti
300ml of fresh milk
300ml of water
2 tbsps of organic extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO)
1/8 teaspoon of dried basil
1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon of freshly grounded black pepper
2 kampong eggs
4 tbsps of frozen self grated organic cheddar cheese


1. Heat up a pan & add VCO followed by beef slices to stir fry till they brown then scoop them out.

2. Add in the garlic. Once it starts to brown, add in the onions & stir fry with medium fire till they soften slightly.

3. Next, pour in mushrooms, basil, oregano & pepper. Stir-fry till the mushrooms are shrivelled & 'sweat', then pour in the milk & water.

4. Put in the pasta once the mixture start to boil & top with cucumbers.

5. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally till pasta is almost cooked.

6. Break the eggs, top with cheese then switch off the fire immediately. The remaining heat will cook the eggs. 

7. Plate the pasta, top with beef slices & some more cheese. Serve warm.

The end product? Even though the recipe uses milk instead of cream, it tastes almost exactly like the usual cream sauce pasta which I usually cook, but yet healthier. Cucumber seems like an odd ingredient in pasta but it happens to be one of the few vegetables that BB likes. He actually asked me to cut some for him to munch on when he saw me take it out from the fridge..lolz! You'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it complements a cream based sauce as its light flavour helps to combat against the richness of the sauce. 

Mummies or Daddies who've been following my blog, did you also notice something different in this recipe? Yes, you're right! To save time, I'm actually cooking the pasta in the sauce itself instead of cooking it separately. Just have to add extra water to your usual sauce (tomato, mushroom etc) so that by the time your pasta is cooked, the sauce would have reduced to a nice, thick sauce.

Beneficial Combination:

Garlic + Onion = Detoxification & anti-cancer effects

Egg + Milk =  Enhance the brain's memory function


  1. This is a really quick and easy to prepare meal. You got all the ingredients which my little fellow love, especially the cucumbers! I would love to go with some chili flakes on my own bowl. ;)

  2. Looks so yummy! And great that your boy loves cucumber!

    1. Thks thks! Ya, he likes the crunchiness but not a big fan of other vegs

  3. Yummy! I'm going to try this! I also like the 2 beneficial combination that you listed down! Win-win for me and the kids! :)

    1. Hope ur kids & u'll enjoy it as much as we did!!

  4. I've never tried cooking pasta in the sauce itself. Coz I always think the sauce would dry up before the pasta can cook. So the trick is to add some water! Shall try next time.

  5. I am a glutton for carbonara, and the pasta looks so inviting :)

    cheers, Andy

  6. Recipes! I need them in my pocket diary for those dinner cooking days hehe

    1. Feel free to drop by my blog again to get more ideas ~.^

  7. Yummy! Healthy and am sure kids would love it.

  8. The Barn Owl does a great carbonara sauce - but using wholewheat spaghetti will change things up a notch!

  9. I love carbonara, but dislike that "ge lak" feel once I am filled. The milk substitute sounds like a good option as a lighter base. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Mary @Simply Lambchops