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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 387kcal
Author Katie


  • 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