Lighter Spaghetti Pea Carbonara

A lighter version of Spaghetti Carbonara made with turkey bacon, milk and peas! Takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Pasta Carbonara

This Lighter Spaghetti Pea Carbonara is one of the easiest pasta dishes you will ever make. It is my go to meal when I need to make a healthy dinner fast.

Don’t get me wrong I love regular Spaghetti Carbonara with the thick chunks of pancetta and loads of heavy cream. But if you want this to be a weeknight staple in your kitchen it’s best to trim down some of the calories.

With this lighter version of spaghetti carbonara you won’t walk away from the dinner table with guilt.

Spaghetti Carbonara

A traditional Spaghetti Carbonara is made with raw eggs, pancetta, and steaming hot pasta. The creamy egg coats the pasta giving us a nice thick sauce.  As for the peas they are a bonus. I happen to love peas and I throw in a little extra when I make this dish for myself.

This recipe does not taste low-calorie at all. I substituted turkey bacon for the pancetta. I passed on the heavy cream and went for a healthier option, 1% milk. I got a lot of my flavor from the garlic, onion, oil, and lemon.

This Lighter Spaghetti Pea Carbonara took me less than 30 minutes to make start to finish. While the pasta is cooking, I saute the bacon, onion, and garlic and toss everything together when the pasta is nice and hot.

Lighter Spaghetti Pea Carbonara

I love adding vegetables to my spaghetti carbonara. It brightens up the dish and keeps it from being to heavy. On of my favorite pasta dishes is creamy mushroom carbonara.

With only a handful of ingredients you can make this wonderful pasta in less than 30 minutes!

Lighter Pea Carbonara

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
A lighter version of Spaghetti Carbonara made with turkey bacon, milk and peas! Takes less than 30 minutes to make.


  • 8 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Cook the pasta until al-dente. This usually takes about 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile add turkey bacon to a large saucepan. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until it is cooked through and crispy. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels. Do not drain the grease from the pan.
  • Add oil and onion to the pan the bacon was in and cook over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  • Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in peas.
  • Chop up the turkey bacon and add it back to the pan with the onion.
  • When pasta has finished cooking add it to the pan with the bacon and onion mixture.
  • Immediately add in the egg and gently toss to combine.
  • Stir in milk and lemon juice.
  • Add in cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, pepper, and salt. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Lighter Pea Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 595mg26%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Lighter Pea Carbonara


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  • Katie G

    I have a few questions- can you please give me the nutritional info for this?
    Also, what does Al-dente mean? (I’m a beginner cook)
    And when you use raw egg on the noodles, it won’t cook at all? That scares me a bit, isn’t eating raw egg a risk of salmonella?? Please let me know. I would like to try this recipe as it sounds good, but the raw egg makes me weary.


    • Hi Katie!

      Unfortunately I do not have the nutritional info for this recipe. I’ve use this calorie calculator and it works pretty well: As for al-dente that is when pasta is still a little firm when you take it out of the boiling water. It is personal preference but I always prefer my pasta a bit undercooked then over. As for the raw eggs in this dish the warm pasta and warm pan will cook the eggs a bit so they are not completely raw. If you were to cook them all of the way they would be scrambled and you wouldn’t have the thick sauce the eggs gives this dish. You can always try pasteurized eggs as well.

      Thank you!


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  • Jennifer Shelton

    When I learned to make spaghetti, my mother told me to break it in half. Since then, friends and family have told me different ways. Does it matter for this?
    For the garlic, do you have to use cloves or is it okay to use the the stuff in squeeze bottles in the store? I have MS and I don’t want to hurt myself with a knife.
    Is it possible to use a different kind of cheese? Parmesan makes me want to be sick.


    • Hi Jennifer,

      Breaking the pasta in half is a personal preference. I sometimes do it and sometimes don’t. You do not have to do it for this recipe.

      As for the garlic you can go ahead and use the squeeze bottle kind.

      For the cheese you can just omit completely or use a little ricotta cheese.

      I hope this helps! Thank you,


  • KW

    Hi! If I can’t have milk, what would you recommend as a substitute? Any ideas? Thanks! 🙂



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