Lower-fat penne carbonara recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 409 kCal 20%
Fat 9g 13%
  -  Saturates 4g 20%
  -  of which Sugars 8g 9%
Salt 1.7g 28%
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  • Our lower-fat penne carbonara recipe is ideal if you're trying to be good or looking for a diet-friendly recipe but want to satisfy those hunger pangs.

    This classic lower-fat penne carbonara recipe recipe is made with a reduced fat cheese sauce and has a fabulous flavour! This recipes serves 4 people and will take around 25 mins to prepare and cook. Serve a portion of this delicious pasta dish with a side salad or toss through spinach leaves to add to your 5-a-day count. You can dish this up for a quick, easy, tasty and satisfying weeknight dinner for the whole family, or serve with a bottle of wine for a romantic Friday night meal with your other half.

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    • 300g penne, dried pasta shapes or spaghetti
    • 1 tsp vegetable oil
    • 4 rashers lean back bacon (or use turkey rashers), snipped into pieces
    • 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
    • 150g lower-fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
    • 1 large egg
    • 150ml 1% fat milk
    • 40g reduced fat Parmesan or reduced fat mature cheese, finely grated
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
    • Ground black pepper


    • Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the pasta or spaghetti and cook for 8-12 minutes, according to pack instructions.

    • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the bacon and spring onions and cook them for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.

    • Beat together the soft cheese and egg in a mixing bowl, then stir in the bacon and spring onions. Add the milk, half the cheese and the parsley (if using). Season with some pepper.

    • Drain the pasta, then return it to the saucepan. Add the egg mixture and heat gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture cooks and thickens. Serve, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

    Top tip for making Lower-fat penne carbonara

    Try adding 75g thawed frozen peas, stirring them in just after adding the egg mixture to the pasta.

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