Our healthy spaghetti carbonara recipe is lower in calories and fat than a traditional spaghetti carbonara recipe, plus it boasts 9 more grams of fiber per serving from whole-wheat pasta. For the best flavor, use Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The eggs in the sauce are not fully cooked; if you're concerned about consuming undercooked eggs, use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs in this spaghetti carbonara recipe.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. About 3 minutes before it is done, stir in peas and garlic.

  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Scrape the bacon drippings into a large bowl; add eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan, salt and pepper and whisk until combined.

  • Chop the bacon and add to the egg mixture. When the pasta and peas are done, drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the water. Immediately stir the pasta, peas and the 3/4 cup water into the egg mixture, stirring quickly so the eggs don't scramble. Let stand 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken the sauce. Serve each portion topped with 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese.


Tip: To bring eggs to room temperature, either set them out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge them (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

385 calories; protein 23.1g; carbohydrates 53.3g; dietary fiber 9.9g; sugars 5.7g; fat 10.2g; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 110.8mg; vitamin a iu 1646.9IU; vitamin c 12.8mg; folate 81mcg; calcium 244.9mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 112.1mg; potassium 320.2mg; sodium 621.3mg; thiamin 0.5mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Delicious! Both my husband and I loved this meal! I was surprised at how much flavor this had. Making sure the eggs are at room temperature was key to a creamy sauce. I used turkey bacon minced garlic from a jar and thawed the peas separately on the stove followed the rest of the recipe as is. So good! Will add this to the rotation. Pros: Easy to make; flavorful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
my family loved this meal. They love bacon and I don't make it that offen so it was a treat. It was easy and quick...will make again Pros: easy tasty Cons: feel guilty about eating bacon Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and Easy! My husband loves bacon. I loved the flavor but do not necessarily love the bacon itself. He was happy because he had extra bacon and I was happy because I had a delicious pasta. Pros: Easy to Prepare and Well Received Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was easy to make and it taste good. But it was not great. A nice healthy meal for dinner with a very filling portion. Really liked how creamy it was. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious! This dish was delicious! My husband and I both love pasta alfredo so this was a nice alternative! I did add some crushed red pepper to the sauce though in order to give the dish a bit more of a kick. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written. It was so quick and simple to put together and we had a wonderful creamy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Pros: Creamy Cheesy EASY! Cons: Lacked flavor Read More