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Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara

Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara

This 20 minutes Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara recipe includes a reduce-fat sour cream and skim milk which helps lighten the calories on this creamy usually glutenous pasta dinner. This creamy carbonara recipe is under 400 calories per serving!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 387kcal


  • Stove Top


  • 8 oz Spaghetti
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • cup Parmesan
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper coarsely ground
  • ¼ cup chives diced


  • Cook fresh spaghetti according to box instructions or al dente. Before draining the pasta, reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and set to the side.
  • In a large bowl, combine the grated Parmesan, sour cream, skim milk, salt, and lightly beaten eggs. Set to the side.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the diced ham and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta to the pan and stir well.
  • Add the reserved pasta water to the egg cream mixture--whisking vigorously. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and stir until incorporated. Cook for 5 minutes. You'll want the sauce to thicken--make sure it does not boil. Stir in ground black pepper and fresh chives. Serve immediately.


  • Prep all of your ingredients ahead time as this is a quick cooking recipe.
  • Substitute for chopped prosciutto or even bacon for ham for an extra decadent carbonara! Just note that the calories per serving will change!


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 1mg
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