Spaghetti Carbonara

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 2
  • 516KCAL

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.

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Easy Peasy Spaghetti Carbonara

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories516
  • Carbs47g
  • Protein39g
  • Fat18g
  • Saturates6.4g
  • Sugars5.6g

Spaghetti Carbonara - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know 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. Great quality, restaurant style food in a pinch!

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!

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
  • Pasta

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

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 our opinion), make Spaghetti 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.

Hints & Tips

Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

We don't recommend freezing this recipe as the sauce can end up splitting

I love this recipe on a Monday after I have done gammon for a Sunday roast and it’s great to use the leftovers up. And as it serves 2x its is perfect for a lunch the following day so I’m really making the most out of a gammon.
We used smoked bacon instead of gammon. It was delicious 😋
Really easy to make and tastes amazing
I used cheddar cheese and garlic cream cheese not quark was super tasty 😋
Absolutely delicious!
You need to reduce the sauce right down to ensure the consistency is the same as the photo in the book. However, it was tasty being a bit more ‘saucy’.
We added a little cheeky sprinkle of mixed dried herbs to the egg mix, it really brought out the flavour of the mushrooms as had a little tarragon in there.
Really tasty and easy to cook
I didn't have any quark so I used light soft cheese instead and it tasted amazing, also used bacon instead of gammon
Bacon medallions
Recipe says to use gammon but I like to use unsmoked bacon medallions, I cut them into strips, cooking process the same as recipe, really tasty and easily passes as Italian takeaway!
Lovely! Can't believe it's not loaded with cream!
I'm not a fan of quark so used fat free greek yoghurt. Really tasty!! Might add a few chilli flakes next time as definitely will be a next time!
Vegetables are amazing!
Add some greens to this for a fresh taste peas and broccoli work amazing as well as asparagus or green beans!
Delicious! A Taste Explosion
I can't have cows milk so used fat free Goats yogurt instead of Quark and finely grated hard goats cheese.
Easy to prep and cook. To save fuel costs I cooked the pasta in my Instant pot, a real game changer!
Easy to make, I put in some left over red pepper and mushroom. Very tasty.
It was so quick and easy to make
Went all out and made my own spaghetti...was worth it 👌🏼really enjoyed cooking this one
Linguine carbonara- Saturday night fakeaway
I used linguine as that’s what I had in the cupboard, I like it better than spaghetti in this dish
My Carbonara
I didn't have all the ingredients and I swapped the vegetable stock for a white wine stock and I used a 50% less fat garlic and herb soft cheese, was very creamy as I think I used a little too much stock, but believe me it didn't last on that plate.

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How many calories is this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe?

This Spaghetti Carbonara is 516 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.

Step 1

Boil the kettle – whilst you’re waiting for it to boil chop the onion, mushrooms and gammon.

Step 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 and gammon and cook until browned slightly.

Step 2

Step 3

Add the vegetable stock to the frying pan, and cook on high stirring frequently until it reduces by half.

Step 3

Step 4

Meanwhile in a bowl whisk the eggs, black pepper, quark and mustard (if you’re using it!) – set aside.

Step 4 Step 4

Step 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!

Step 5

Step 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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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!

How do you know when this 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 Spaghetti Carbonara 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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Spaghetti Carbonara

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.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 516
  • Carbs 47G


  • 120 g dried spaghetti
  • 200 g gammon cut into little pieces
  • 30 g Pecorino cheese
  • 1 pack button mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp quark
  • 1/2 brown onion finely chopped
  • 300 ml vegetable stock made with 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • low calorie cooking spray

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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 until 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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See what others have to say

PatsySaturday 12th August 2017

Can you use any other cheese rather than pecorino cheese? TIA x


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Patsy,

    Any hard Italian style cheese would work ????


AmyMonday 7th August 2017

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!!


SAMANTHA UPTONSunday 23rd July 2017


Is it 300 or 600 ml stock? Thanks


    KateWednesday 26th July 2017

    Hi Samantha
    As the recipe states it’s 300ml of Vegetable Stock


NoreenSaturday 22nd July 2017

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. 🙂


JulieThursday 6th July 2017

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 ????


KylieThursday 6th July 2017

Can this be reheated (as in batch cooked for the following days?) x


Helen JenkinsonThursday 29th June 2017

Should the gammon be smoked or unsmoked?


    KateFriday 30th June 2017

    Hi Helen
    We tend to use unsmoked more than smoked, but you can use either really


LynneTuesday 27th June 2017

What his pecorini cheese and where do I get it x


    KateFriday 30th June 2017

    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


GillianTuesday 13th June 2017

Can I just double the recipe to make it for 4?


    KateFriday 16th June 2017

    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.


JulesSunday 14th May 2017

I made this yesterday, really tasty!! A new favourite x


JadeSaturday 13th May 2017

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?


    KateTuesday 16th May 2017

    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


JeanetteWednesday 26th April 2017

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!


    KateSaturday 29th April 2017

    Hi Jeanette
    Glad you like it


EmmaFriday 21st April 2017

Am I not reading it right? Instructions show mustard but it’s not in he ingredients. How much and what type?


    KateMonday 24th April 2017

    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


JanSaturday 15th April 2017

Where is recipe and method?


    KateSunday 16th April 2017

    Hi Jan
    Keep scrolling down for the full ingredient list and method


LeeanneSunday 2nd April 2017

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?


GlenThursday 30th March 2017

I like to add a bunch of peas to this. Every little helps with those speedies!!


SheilaThursday 23rd March 2017

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


    KateSaturday 25th March 2017

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


Hollie-Beth HornThursday 23rd March 2017

Best Carbonara I’ve ever had!
Even my fussy 7 year old loved it!
Definately making this again 🙂


    KateThursday 23rd March 2017

    Hi Hollie-Beth
    Glad you like it


KateWednesday 15th March 2017

Hi Sarah
Fixed!! 🙂


RhiannonThursday 16th February 2017

If you cant get quark, blitz up some cottage cheese instead, it does the trick!!


Lindsay CookMonday 13th February 2017

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.


    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Lindsay,

    Everyone has different tastes when it comes to pepper ????


GemmaSunday 12th February 2017

My egg turned out like scrambled egg! Hoe do I stop this happening?


    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Gemma,

    Make sure you take the pan completely off the heat before stirring the egg through ????


KaySaturday 11th February 2017

Hi Sarah,

Not really no – as the egg thickens the sauce and binds it ????


LynzMonday 30th January 2017

Is there any risk using / eating raw egg?


    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    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 ????


BeckyMonday 30th January 2017

do you think skyr would work instead of quark (that always tends to split for me)


    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    The secret is to take it off the heat and stir well – otherwise it will split. Skyr is basically the same as quark ????


NickySunday 29th January 2017

I can’t get Quark, would Philidelphia light work instead do you think?


DaniTuesday 24th January 2017

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?


    KateTuesday 24th January 2017

    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


SamTuesday 17th January 2017

When adding the bacon, onion and mushrooms to the pasta does the stock go with it or is it drained?

Thank you,


    KateThursday 19th January 2017

    Hi Sam
    The stock that remains after reducing is added to the pasta along with the bacon, mushrooms and onions


SharonThursday 28th July 2016

I would love to see the dairy free version of this please as i am alergic to cows sheep and goat dairy. X


    Amy JohnsonSunday 28th August 2016

    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!


SallySunday 22nd May 2016

Blimmin tasty thanks for the recipe????


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