This Spaghetti Carbonara is a new version of one of our first recipes! Slimming friendly, great for calorie counting and diet plans like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Creamy, indulgent and pretty damn tasty! We’ve done a non-dairy version of this in the past, but sometimes you just *need* the creaminess that this dish should have.
When you eat this, you just won’t believe that it’s slimming friendly – we certainly didn’t even though we’d made it. It’s *that* good.
If you’re bothered about eating raw egg, don’t be. The egg is going to cook whilst you stir. But you should avoid this if you’re pregnant – just in case.
If you fancy something a little bit different you could even add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. Just remember to adjust the calories, and Points accordingly!
If you are a Carbonara lover you may also enjoy some of these slimming friendly pasta dishes;
- Smoked Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara
- Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Creamy Tomato Pasta
- Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta
How many calories is this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe?
This Spaghetti Carbonara is 515 kcal per portion. The same dish at Frankie & Benny’s clocks up a hefty 650 calories, so this is a good saving!
It falls into our Special Occasion recipe category as it’s a little over 500 calories per portion. You can find all of our other Special Occassion recipes here.
This Spaghetti Carbonara fits well into a calorie controlled diet, as well as any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Spaghetti Carbonara suitable for?
This Spaghetti Carbonara recipe can be made gluten free by swapping out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe?
There are 10 Points in this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe. One portion of Zizzi’s Carbonara is an eye watering 25 Points, so this is a great swap!
How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara
Making this dish is simple! Here’s a summary;
- Boil the kettle and chop the onion, mushrooms and gammon.
- Cook the pasta as per instructions on the pack.
- Fry the onions till softened, add the mushrooms & gammon and cook till browned slightly.
- Add the stock to the frying pan and reduce by half.
- Whisk the eggs, pepper, Quark and mustard (if you’re using it!) – set aside
- Drain the cooked pasta, add the cooked onions, mushrooms, remaining stock and gammon and stir.
- Off the heat slowly add the whisked eggs, Pecorino cheese and Quark making sure to stir constantly.
- Once stirred through, add the parsley and serve.
Spaghetti Carbonara – Time Saving Tips
- Use gammon – then there’s no trimming fat off fat with a pair of scissors
- Boil the kettle before you do anything – then it’s ready for the pasta
- Whilst your cooking the pasta cook the sauce. All in all, it’ll take 10 minutes maximum!
What should you should serve with Spaghetti Carbonara?
This recipe is a full meal on its own, but if you want to you could serve it with one of the options below:
- Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Side Salad
If your’e looking to cut the calories or Points, serve half a portion of this Spaghetti Carbonara with a big green salad to fill you up!
Do you need any special ingredients to make Spaghetti Carbonara?
Since we made this Spaghetti Carbonara the first time around, we’ve come to the conclusion that finely chopped gammon is a much better addition than bacon medallions.
You should (in my opinion), make Carbonara with lardons, but gammon is a VERY close replacement, whilst keeping it light and super slimming friendly.
The other MAJOR addition to this Spaghetti Carbonara is Pecorino cheese. Pecorino is FAR superior to Parmesan and brings such a lovely salty flavour.
How do you know when Spaghetti Carbonara is cooked?
The pasta and vegetables will be soft but not soggy, and the gammon will have browned. The pasta will be coated with a creamy smooth sauce. It’s very important you add the whisked eggs, Pecorino cheese and Quark slowly and stir constantly off the heat. This will stop you ending up with any bits of scrambled egg in the dish!
This dish will take about 10 minutes over a medium heat on the hob.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Spaghetti Carbonara in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Campfire stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can you freeze Spaghetti Carbonara?
We don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the sauce can end up splitting.
How do I reheat Spaghetti Carbonara?
It’s best to reheat Spaghetti Carbonara on the hob over a low heat until piping hot throughout. You may need to add a little water or some extra egg off the heat if it has dried out. This is a dish thats best made fresh!
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!