Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara


Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don't get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 cups


  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (9 ounce) package fresh tagliatelle or linguine

  • 8 cups baby spinach

  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)


  1. Put 10 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan and parsley. Set aside.

  3. Whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons Parmesan, egg yolks, egg, pepper and salt in a medium bowl.

  4. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add spinach and peas and cook until the pasta is tender, about 1 minute more. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Drain and place in a large bowl.

  5. Slowly whisk the reserved cooking water into the egg mixture. Gradually add the mixture to the pasta, tossing with tongs to combine. Serve topped with the reserved breadcrumb mixture.

    Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
15g Fat
54g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 223mg 74%
Vitamin A 8198IU 164%
Vitamin C 51mg 56%
Folate 53mcg 13%
Sodium 586mg 25%
Calcium 246mg 19%
Iron 6mg 34%
Magnesium 100mg 24%
Potassium 160mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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