Jan 15, 2022 2 min read

Bacon, garlic, and spaghetti. How could life be better? Actually, it can be, because this recipe has only 5 ingredients. It is easy to make and, maybe best of all, it is low in carbs and high in protein. You can think about your dinner all day and make this tempting recipe right when you get home from work on the busiest of weeknights.

The way you make the sauce is pure genius. Cook the bacon in some oil to let it release its flavors. Then use those flavorful fats to cook the garlic, which adds yet another layer of irresistible flavor. Instead of thinning out the sauce with plain water, you use the water from the pasta to complete this sauce.

Now, what about carbohydrates and protein? Yes, you can have a high-protein, low-carb delicious meal. NutriNoodle Organic Soybean Protein Spaghetti makes it possible in this recipe. Each serving has only 8 grams of net carbohydrates, including 10 grams of dietary fiber. In fact, it has about one-quarter the amount of net carbs as in regular pasta.

If you are wondering if it is okay to skip meat on a high-protein diet, well, yes, it is! The pasta has 21 grams of protein per serving, which is comparable to the amount in a serving of meat. Plus, it provides 35% of the daily value for iron, largely due to the soybeans it contains.

Recipe for Low-Carb Five-Ingredient Spaghetti with Garlic and Bacon

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of NutriNoodle Organic Soybean Protein Spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 6 thick strips of bacon, cut into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus another tablespoon
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Optional garnishes and toppings: freshly chopped parsley, freshly grated parmesan cheese, chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Make the NutriNoodle Organic Soybean Protein Spaghetti according to the instructions on the package but with salt. Boil water, add the salt and pasta, and cook until nearly al dente, or 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 ½ cups of pasta water, and set the pasta and the cooking water aside.
  2. Cut the bacon into small pieces. 
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and cook the bacon until it crisps, or for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and leave the grease and oil in the pan. Add the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic. Stir constantly. When the garlic begins to soften and become fragrant, add ⅓ cup of the reserved water from the pasta. 
  4. Turn the heat up to bring the mixture to a boil. Add the cooked spaghetti and another ¼ cup of pasta water. Continue to stir until the pasta is coated with the garlic sauce. You may want to add more pasta water to achieve the desired consistency.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Plate the pasta. Garnish with any optional toppings, such as chopped parsley, freshly grated parmesan cheese, or chopped walnuts.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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