Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

This Spaghetti Carbonara is an improved version of one of our very first recipes!  Great for calorie counting, Slimming World and Weight Watchers.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

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.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

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.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

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.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

Since we made this Spaghetti Carbonara the first time around, we’ve come to the conclusion that finely chopped gammon is far superior to 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.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

It’s easier to grate, and for those of you following Slimming World, 30g of it counts as one Healthy Extra A choice. I urge you to try it with this dish. It is AMAZING!

Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

If you fancy something a little bit different you could even add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. Just remember to adjust the calories, Syns and Points accordingly!

How many calories is this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe?

This Spaghetti Carbonara is 362kcal per portion. The same dish at Frankie & Bennys clocks up a hefty 650 calories, so this is a brilliant saving!

How Slimming World friendly is this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe?

It tastes so incredible, you won’t believe it’s Syn Free! But remember, this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe is only Syn Free if you use 1/2 of one Healthy Extra A choice for the cheese.

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!

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!
  • If you haven’t tried one yet, multicookers are great for cooking your pasta. They’re also ideal for steaming, which is perfect for cooking that all important speed veg. You can pick one up on Amazon.

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We have quite a few pasta recipes, and here are few of our favourites!

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Spaghetti Carbonara | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

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Prep Time

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people 10 minutes 10 minutes



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362kcal 10

Smart Points (Flex/Freestyle)



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  1. Boil the kettle - whilst you're waiting for it to boil chop the onion, mushrooms and gammon
  2. Cook the pasta as per instructions on the pack, and heat a large frying pan with a few sprays of low calorie cooking spray. Fry the onions till softened, add the mushrooms & gammon and cook till browned slightly
  3. Add the vegetable stock to the frying pan, and cook on high stirring frequently until it reduces by half
  4. Meanwhile in a bowl whisk the eggs, black pepper, Quark and mustard (if you're using it!) - set aside
  5. Drain your pasta once it's cooked and tip into a big bowl, add the cooked onions, mushrooms, remaining stock and gammon - stir well. Slowly add the whisked eggs, Pecorino cheese and Quark making sure to stir constantly. Do not do this on the heat otherwise you'll end up with scrambled egg!!
  6. Once it's all stirred through, add the parsley. Plate up and sprinkle with a little more Pecorino cheese. Enjoy!

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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    1. Hi Sharon – I’d say just leave out the Quark. Real Carbonara is just egg and nothing else to make it creamy anyway. It will still be delicious I promise!

  1. Mine came out really watery? It didn’t seem to reduce by half? Any ideas? I Chose not to use the quark but did everything else?

    1. Hi Dani
      You may need to simmer it for a bit longer to reduce it further. Also the quark does thicken the stock up a bit so if you don’t use it the sauce will be a bit watery

    1. Hi Lynz,

      The egg is cooked with the residual heat of the pan and pasta. The recipe does advise caution particularly if you are pregnant, elderly or for children 😊

  2. I was looking forward to this but it was far far too peppery even for my husband who loves pepper. It did look like a lot and it really was. Might try again with at least half the pepper.

  3. This looks amazing!!! But also heartbreaking as I was searching with the SP tags and got so excited that this was an SP meal but looking at the ingredients I think it might be under the wrong tag! Will definitely make this when I’m not on SP!!

  4. Made the carbonara for hubby and I and omg it was lush! Doesn’t taste low fat at all and is really filling! I did put a teaspoon of Dijon mustard in and it gave it a good kick! Thanks PON x

    1. Hi Sheila
      Glad you like it! We like to put a bit of wholegrain mustard in ours sometimes for something a bit different

    1. Hi Glen
      Just a reminder, peas are not speed. They’re free and they’re also a protein food, so you can still enjoy peas on an SP day.

  5. Hi I can’t see the recipe, can anyone help? Also do you think it’s ok for kids to eat – given the way the egg is cooked?

    1. Hi Leeanne
      You need to scroll to the bottom of the recipe page. You’ll find all the info you need there.
      The egg cooks in the residual heat from the pasta, so it’s fine for children to eat.

    1. Hi Emma
      The mustard isn’t part of the recipe as such, which is why it isn’t in the ingredients list, but it can be added as an optional extra. This is explained in the write up before the recipe

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe! I didn’t take a picture purely because I made mine slightly more runny as I didn’t reduce the stock enough I’m guessing. But having said that OH MY GOD! This was just the best SW carbonara recipe ever! I wanted to drink the sauce remnants lol. Thanks again!

  7. Hi. Sorry if I sound thick but I’m doing this tonight but just reading the instructions regarding the quark and eggs An not to pour it in over heat, how will the sauce(quark and egg) get warm then if you don’t pour it in with everything else over heat?

    1. Hi Jade
      The heat (and any remaining boiling water) from the just cooked pasta will produce enough heat to warm up the egg and quark mixture, so the eggs won’t be raw. If you cook the egg & quark on a high heat you’ll end up with scrambled egg and the quark will split and curdle

    1. Hi Gillian
      Yes. In fact if you click the up and down arrows in the box that tells you the number of portions the recipe serves, you can then change the number of portions you require and the recipe will adjust accordingly.

    1. Hi Lynne
      Pecorino is a hard cheese made from sheeps milk. It’s similar to parmesan, but it has a slightly nuttier, saltier taste. Most supermarkets will stock it

  8. Hi Kate
    Carbonara is my favourite spaghetti dish and this is by no way the BEST I’ve ever had. Made it tonight, used turkey rashers as I’m not a bacon fan!! Will definitely be making this again 😊

  9. Made this tonight and added a leftover peri peri chicken fillet I had leftover from last night. I couldn’t get Pecorino so used Parmesan. It’s delicious. 🙂

    1. Hi Samantha
      If you’re following the recipe as it appears on the page, to serve 2 people, then it’s 300mls of stock. (Made up with 300mls boiling water and a stock cube.)

  10. THIS WAS DELICIOUS!!!! I have to say I was a bit sceptical. I looooove carbonara and I’m not a great fan of quark. But honestly this was so tasty. It was rich and creamy and amazing flavours. I’m going to make it like this every time from now on. Thank you!!

  11. made this tonite was really nice I do not normally cook from fresh but the followed the receipe and it was amazing. Cant believe that it so easy to make something so healthy. This website is defo changing our life style we would normally would have take away but now can manage to stick to a diet at the weekend. win win happy days thank you.

  12. So tasty, but far to peppery even with half the amount of pepper used.

    Will definitely be doing it again but won’t add any pepper next time.

    1. Hi Rachel
      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your feedback.
      Would you mind rating the recipe and leave a little comment on the site? We would be super grateful!! x 🙂

    1. Hi Hannah
      There is a slight chance that the egg will change texture slightly, but it shouldn’t affect the flavour of the dish.

  13. This was absolutely Delish! Even my mum who is a fussy one enjoyed it. I will definitely be doing this again. I have tried lots of your recipes now and have to say we have enjoyed them all. I think to date the Chinese chicken and broccoli is a personal fave x

    1. Hi Caroline
      Pecorino cheese is an Italian hard cheese, very similar to parmesan. You should find it in most large supermarkets. 🙂

  14. I absolutely love this recipe. I added some crushed garlic and peas too. Thanks for supplying such amazing recipes KjS-T x

    1. Hi Patricia
      Since we made this Syn Free Spaghetti Carbonara the first time around, we’ve come to the conclusion that finely chopped gammon is far superior to bacon medallions. Although the recipe ingredients list was edited, the instructions in step 1 were overlooked. This has now been edited! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. 🙂

  15. Just want to check if this is using 30g of cheese which is one persons healthy option but the recipe serves 2 is it only half of your healthy option? Or should i put in 60g of cheese?

    1. Hi Nicky
      You can do either. The recipe serves 2, so you can count it as half your HEA, or you could double the pecorino cheese to make it a full HEA portion each.

    1. Hi Niki
      Yes, we explain in the blurb that the pecorino needs to be grated, preferably with a micro grater – it goes soooo much further that way. 🙂

  16. Am I being a bit dim….. (probably), do I whisk the egg and quark together and add it to a hot pan? Or do I just add it to the bowl that the pasta and everything else is in? (It says add to bowl on the instructions?)

    1. Hi Amy
      That’s all you need to do, just whisk the eggs, quark and seasoning in a bowl, then add to the drained pasta in a larger bowl and mix to combine everything. The residual heat from the pasta will cook the egg. If you return this mixture to the heat you’ll end up with scrambled egg! 🙂

  17. Ok so was looking a creamy carbonara. Its not creamy but it is nice! Spicy with the pepper. I love spicy but think ill cut down on pepper next time. Still but sceptical about the egg cooking though. ….. love how you can type serve amount of people and recipe adapts 😍

    1. Hi Flo,
      So glad you enjoyed it! The egg cooks in the residual heat from the pasta, so it’s fine. The feature that allows you to alter the number of servings and see the quantities change too is really useful, isn’t it!

      Lots more creamy pasta ideas here –

  18. Hello! I’ve just made this for the first time tonight….absolutely delicious! Thank you! Quick question though. I have left overs so would love to take some to work for lunch tomorrow however I’m very aware that the eggs could scramble when i reheat it. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kelly
      You can reheat. There is a slight chance that the egg will change texture slightly, but it shouldn’t affect the flavour of the dish.

  19. Looks amazing! If I did want to splash out and use lardons instead, do you have any idea what sort of Syn Value that would add? Thanks!

  20. Hi,

    I’m a bit confused. I have made this recipe Lots of times and it’s my absolute favourite! However it says it’s freezable but then in the comments here it says if you re-heat this it will turn to scrambled egg. So is this re-heatable or not? Thankyou x

    1. Hi Charlotte
      We added a freezer symbol to the recipe card as it became apparent that it was ok to freeze. You’ll need to reheat carefully, there is a slight chance that the egg will change texture slightly, but it shouldn’t affect the flavour of the dish. 🙂

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