A great low-cal alternative to pasta, with a rich sauce, than can also supply 2 of your 5 a day! Ready in under 10 minutes, too.
1 medium courgette (around 34 cals)
50g quartered white or chestnut mushrooms (7 cals)
2 tablespoons/30g plain or flavoured Philadelphia Light or other soft cheese (40-45 depending on flavour)
1/2 teaspoon truffle or olive oil (22 calories - or use 1-calorie spray)
Optional: 10g finely grated parmesan/Italian hard cheese (40-45 cals)
Fresh black pepper, plus fresh basil if you have some
Top tip: to make the noodles, I use this brilliant gadget – a julienne cutter is small and useful for all kinds of veg and makes this a breeze, though watch out you don't julienne your fingers!
Serving suggestions: The noodles can be used with any sauce you like, courgette is so virtuous that you have a few more cals to play with for sauce on a Fast Day. For a 'true' carbonara, add some sliced ham to the pan at the same time as the courgettes (a wafer-thin slice can contain 5-20 calories so check the packet).