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Easy carbonara

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
Pasta is a staple weeknight meal, and it’s a go-to dinner when you haven’t got much in the fridge


White pasta, dry

240 g, spaghetti


1 medium, finely chopped

Bacon medallions, raw

100 g, cut into 1cm chunks

Egg yolk, raw

3 medium, beaten

Parmesan Cheese

40 g, finely grated

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)


2 clove(s), skin on


  1. Mist a nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for 6-8 minutes until softened, adding a splash of water if it starts to stick. Gently crush the garlic cloves with the back of a spoon, then add them to the pan along with the bacon. Cook for a further 5 minutes until the bacon is golden. Remove and discard the garlic cloves.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti to pack instructions. Drain, reserving 100ml of the cooking water, and return to the pan.
  3. Add the bacon and onion mixture, the egg yolks and Parmesan to the pasta and stir to combine, allowing the heat from the pasta to cook the egg and form a sauce. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce so it coats the spaghetti. Season to taste, then serve sprinkled with more freshly ground black pepper.


Try adding some sliced button mushrooms to the pan with the onion. Add some greens to your meal by serving with a side of fresh rocket leaves.