Low-fat Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Carbonara, an Italian favourite, is a classic pasta sauce usually made with cream, bacon (Guanciale or jowl bacon)and Parmesan (Pecorino will work too) and is absolutely nutritious and delicious. Instead of heavy cream, I used milk for a healthy treat. Well, you wouldn't notice that it's low-fat because it's just as yummy even without using cream.

  • 180 g Tomato spaghetti
  • 100 g 3% Rindless bacon, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Shallots, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 140 ml Wholemilk
  • 20 g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook diced shallots, minced garlic and bacon for 5 minutes until golden.
  2. Beat together eggs, wholemilk, half of grated Parmesan and black pepper. Drain the spaghetti and return to the pot, off the heat. Add in parsley, the bacon and egg mixtures, and toss together until the spaghetti is evenly coated. Divide pasta between two bowls and then serve with the rest of Parmesan cheese.


Silence Sings 23/9/10 20:17

The snaps are to inviting and warming....the dish looks delicious...

Suchitra 23/9/10 20:27

Great presentation! loved the pics- really appealing...

kothiyavunu.com 23/9/10 20:41

Looks yummy...very tempting pics!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 23/9/10 21:01

This seriously looks good! It's almost lunch and it makes me crave for spaghetti Angie! Tomato spaghetti sounds like a great idea. I should use it more often

Susi 23/9/10 21:01

Looks delicious and is one of my favorite meals! Yummy!

Gigabiting 23/9/10 21:07

Maybe not exactly low cal, but certainly healthier than the usual. If I can eat carbonara more often, then I am all for it.

alison 23/9/10 21:15

a great recipe and a gorgeous presentation!:)

Terrianne, Call me Ree 23/9/10 21:48

You should sell your works' of art, they're so beautiful! =)

Fimère 23/9/10 22:04

ça me donne envie de repasser à table, j'adore
bonne soirée

Sophie 23/9/10 22:08

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...This low fat spaghetti carbonara looks divine, Angie!!

Excellent food!

Catherine 23/9/10 22:15

Oh my Angie this looks delish! Oh so yummy! Lovely photos too!

Bo 23/9/10 22:24

I love that you made one of my favorite dishes...and made a lighter version.

roxan 23/9/10 22:30

Oh, yum! I love that you used whole milk instead of heavy cream. Beautiful photography as always.

Vrinda 23/9/10 23:24

very tempting spaghetti..lovely clicks...must try

MaryMoh 23/9/10 23:52

Love the colour of the tomato spaghetti. I should look out for it. Love this pasta dish. My daughter will really like it.

Tanvi 24/9/10 00:20

very beautiful looking pasta..loved the reddish tinge from tomatoes

aipi 24/9/10 00:41

Beautiful pasta dish..the pic is very tempting!

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Anonymous 24/9/10 00:58

Yummy! Delicious AND low fat, what a great idea! You also made your own sauce. :) What is tomato spaghetti? Is it spaghetti made with some tomatoes? I never heard of it. Thanks Angie.

Belinda @zomppa 24/9/10 01:23

And a favorite of mine. Pretty please, more!

Yummy Team 24/9/10 01:36

These are some super-tempting pictures..Yum!!

Jacklyn 24/9/10 01:51

Oh Carbonara! I was gonna try and make a vegan version next week. Yours looks wonderful!

My Little Space 24/9/10 02:03

Hmm...yumm... Light & yummy dish! Hope you'll have a wonderful day.

busygran 24/9/10 02:29

It is really a healthy dish! The colour of the spaghetti is lovely!

Claudia 24/9/10 03:02

The picture says it all. I do not use cream in my carbonara - just the egg yolks, spices and cheese (well, there's the bacon). I finished dinner and could easily move on to your pasta.

Dishesdone 24/9/10 03:10

Looks fantastic! Big carbonara lovers here! I don't use cream in my carbonara, but yours looks so fantastic, will try your recipe next time.

Anonymous 24/9/10 03:11

Holy cow..... it looks divine.

tigerfish 24/9/10 04:10

I don't consider it low-fat cos you used whole milk and I love every part of it. I will use whole milk too cos that is always in my fridge. Lucky you did not use low-fat milk...if not, we will not taste the richness of cream anymore.

wenn 24/9/10 04:33

I simply love spaghetti!

Pacheco Patty 24/9/10 05:22

I love this recipe, it's such a classic and it looks like you've really done it right:)

Anonymous 24/9/10 05:55

This looks so comforting and delicious! Spaghetti is one of my all time favorites :)

Nate @ House of Annie 24/9/10 06:04

well, lowER fat, at least. I don't mind!

Beautifully delicious photos. I'd dig in, but my fork won't get past the screen!

Kitchen Corner 24/9/10 06:29

I love carbonara pasta but always feel that it's slightly high cholesterol so I have it just once in a blue moon. This slightly low fat version is a good one! I would love to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

Sharmilee! :) 24/9/10 07:04

Looks very tempting....spagetti is on my todo list for long...urs tempt me to try sooner :)

Heavenly Housewife 24/9/10 09:03

I love it when i can make my favourite food with less fat. This looks absolutely wonderful!
Have a fab weekend daaaaaaaahling!
*kisses* HH

Peanutts 24/9/10 09:36

pass me aplate please, a big one ;), I tried making cabonara once but ended up scrambling the eggs

3 hungry tummies 24/9/10 09:36

I won't know it is low fat, bring it on! :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 24/9/10 09:39

Lunch just over 3 hours ago, no choice, I hope to have this plate for my dinner, sound so delicious!

Mika 24/9/10 10:58

As vegetarian and italian I really miss carbonara, there is nothing so flavorful and salty between veggies that can substitute bacon...I make this with zucchini, it's delicious but not the same...

Web Design 24/9/10 13:27

I like spaghetti very much and it is good to learn a low fat spaghetti alla Carbonara.This looks yummy and spicy spaghetti and now I can't wait to make it.

Anncoo 24/9/10 13:30

This is definitely healthy and delicious. Lovely presentable as always :)

Priya 24/9/10 13:32

Irresistible spaghetti..yumm!

Devaki 24/9/10 14:15

Dear Angie - The tomato spaghetti is brilliant! Yummy all around:)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Mary 24/9/10 14:55

This looks and sounds seriously delicious. One of my grandsons adores carbonara. I'll have to try your recipe for him. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jenn 24/9/10 15:12

Carbonara is one my all time favorite dishes. I actually just made it for the first time a few months ago. I was always afraid of scrambling the egg! Yours looks wonderful...I like the use of of milk in place of the cream for a little healthier take. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous 24/9/10 16:14

Great dish and I tend to use milk for most things instead of cream, it is amazing at how much you really cannot tell the difference in most dishes...thanks for sharing!

lisaiscooking 24/9/10 16:32

Great-looking pasta! And, your lightened version sounds delicious.

Jeannie 24/9/10 16:37

I'll have seconds since it's low in fat!:D Looks realy good to me!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 24/9/10 17:12

The tomato spaghetti gives the carbonara a rich, rustic look - beautiful! Thanks for making a great dish even better :)

Cheah 24/9/10 18:22

Mmmm.. low fat, that's what I like!

Joy 24/9/10 18:42

Ohh that looks so good. I have yet to make this dish. The heavy cream used to scare me.

A Canadian Foodie 24/9/10 20:16

Gorgeous.... if I didn't see it with y own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it possible to have a low fat carbonara... love breaking the yolk over the pasta, though!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 24/9/10 20:20

I so wish I could get my pictures like that!! Looks fantastic! My 8 year old is looking at it and drooling and telling me that I need to make it tonight!!

Nithu 24/9/10 21:05

Looks so delicious. Love to have a bite.

Magic of Spice 24/9/10 21:21

Beautiful job on the carbonara...a wonderful classic :) Beautiful photos (as always), and beautifully presented dish:)

Emily Z 24/9/10 23:43

This pasta dish looks fabulous!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 25/9/10 03:10

A beautiful and delicious-looking bowl of pasta. Lovely shots!

Chow and Chatter 25/9/10 04:13

wow looks amazing looking forward to seeing your cauliflower

kitchen flavours 25/9/10 08:31

Wow! Delicious! Hey, any extras...??

Faith 25/9/10 12:17

This is one of my favorite pastas! Your recipe looks like it's healthy and delicious without sacrificing any of the flavor. Gorgeous pictures too!

Joanne 25/9/10 13:33

I LOVE spaghetti carbonara but don't love all the calories that come along with it. This looks like the perfect solution! Delicious.

Cherine 25/9/10 15:59

Spaghetti alla carbonara is my favorite pasta dish.
Yours looks fabulous!

Reeni 25/9/10 20:07

Did I tell you how cute your profile picture is? Your kitties are so cute! And I love carbonara - this version rocks! I like the tomato spaghetti too.

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Stella 26/9/10 00:02

I bet this was even more delicious with milk than cream! It already has so many flavorful components. Oh, and that bottom photo is tempting me, so I'm going to look at your last post (smile)...

Indie.Tea 26/9/10 02:38

What a great idea, to use milk instead of cream. I usually add the cream or coconut milk at the very end of creamy dishes...I find that you only need about the half the original amount, as it does not 'cook down' in the dish that way. I'll have to try this (with veggie bacon though... as a bonus that would cut down the fat even more)

Elin 26/9/10 04:01

Pasta...my favourite ! No matter how you cook them, they still turned out great :) Yours looks delish ! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Jo will love this :)

Anonymous 26/9/10 05:33

Looks like a terrific lighter version, and super delicious!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 26/9/10 07:06

I love that you're lightened up this nonetheless creamy, satisfying pasta dish. Very tasty!

Fresh Local and Best 26/9/10 19:32

I like that you substituted cream for milk, it probably also lets the smoky flavors of bacon come through.

noobcook 27/9/10 08:59

I don't use cream for my carbonara - just eggs! but I think the addition of milk is healthy and fragrant :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 27/9/10 19:31

a proof that Carbonara doesn't have to be hyper calorific to be tasty! Lovely!



Foodessa 27/9/10 22:55

Angie...Your plating is fabulous and now you've made me terribly hungry with a dish I love ;o)

Ciao for now,

kurokupoliz 28/9/10 12:45

well original carbonara never had cream. what made it creamy was the eggs and cheese.

tasteofbeirut 30/9/10 16:22

What a great idea to use tomato spaghetti for this dish! I will try this, especially since we are big fans of pasta over here!

Mother Rimmy 2/10/10 02:03

Fantastic pictures! I've never seen tomato spaghetti. I'll have to watch out for it the next time I shop.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi 7/10/10 17:06

I've been wanting to try Carbonara! I'm a pasta person! When the time comes (not now though), I'll for sure make Carbonara to satisfy the curious cat in me! Thanks for sharing this low-fat version! But still, I love creaminess ... LOL! I know it's not that good on my body ...

Cheap Web Design 15/10/10 12:17

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web design 21/2/11 12:25

this brings water to the mouth. Nice recipe.

X Miami Web Design 10/3/11 11:17

Wow! I loved this Low-fat Spaghetti alla Carbonara. This is really good for the health food. Thanks for sharing!

WEB DESIGN LONDON 16/3/11 12:57

Hey ,

Really dish looks delicious, i must say its mine favorite dish,

Thanks for sharing this recipes here.

Rosita Vargas 18/3/11 05:17

Una receta muy clásica que me encanta,es mi favorita,lindas fotos,abrazos.

Bexley website design 22/4/11 11:10

Is there a video on how to make this? Not very good at cooking

Company Logo Deign 16/5/11 08:59

Thanks for sharing this great recipes here in your blog. i am so glad to visit your site.

Anonymous 25/7/11 17:41

It's great that you've omitted the egg as well.

buy templates 6/10/11 12:00

Yummy.This seriously looks good! It's almost lunch and it makes me crave for spaghetti Angie! Tomato spaghetti sounds like a great idea. I should use it more often

Website Design 4/5/12 13:40

Its very tasty!! loved it!!


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