Marta's Healthy Pasta Carbonara

At the minute we’re trying to introduce Jasper to as many different flavours as possible. As a child my parents always used to feed me whatever meal they were eating, and I have to say that it made me probably one of the least fussiest eaters I know. However, my partner Kayne is a stickler for traditional cooking – I’m not saying that he’s not adventurous, but there are definite NO GOs for him. He particular dislikes anything with too much sauce, which is why I had to adapt the traditional Carbonara recipe to suit his tastes.

So, this version of Carbonara is actually really healthy as far as Carbonaras go, it’s also extremely easy and quick. I don’t use cream – at all! – I actually use Quark. This is a virtually fat free cheese that I came across when I was doing the Slimming World diet after Jasper was born. It’s not your average cream cheese, Quark actually has a subtle yoghurty tang, but it’s NOT yoghurt! Which once again is great because Kayne isn’t a yoghurt fan. Anyhow, this is now one of his favourite dishes and whenever I put it on the menu for the week his face lights up and when I’m cooking it, he can’t stay out of the kitchen. In short, he becomes an impatient child and the bonus… Jasper LOVES it!!!


Healthy Carbonara For All The Family
Serves 3
A delicious, family friendly carbonara.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
633 calories
51 g
269 g
40 g
16 g
14 g
159 g
106 g
2 g
0 g
24 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 633
Calories from Fat 361
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 269mg
Sodium 106mg
Total Carbohydrates 51g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 190g Pasta
  3. 100g Smoked Bacon Lardons
  4. 1/2 Lemon
  5. 4 Garlic Cloves (Crushed)
  6. 3 Egg Yolks
  7. 1 Egg
  8. 3tbsp Quark
  9. 3tbsp Parsley (Chopped)
  10. 2tbsp Parmesan (Grated)
  1. Fill a large saucepan up to 3/4 with water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Once the water bubbles add the pasta. Cook as per packet instructions.
  2. In a medium saucepan heat the olive oil.
  3. Add the bacon lardons and brown for about 4-5 mins.
  4. Squeeze the juice of the 1/2 lemon into the pan, this deglazes the bottom and you get all the flavour from the meat.
  5. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a further 3 mins.
  6. Add 1/2 of the parsley, stir and remove from heat.
  7. In a bowl beat the egg with the yolks, add the quark and stir until combined.
  8. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the pan with the bacon.
  9. Add the egg/quark mix and stir thoroughly, so that the pasta is evenly coated and bacon is distributed.
  10. Add 1tbsp of the parmesan and stir through pasta.
  11. Plate the Carbonara and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Sprinkle the adults' dishes with the remaining parsley, et voile!
  1. I use Farfalle pasta (bows), I find that my toddler finds it a lot easier to eat as each bow is about a mouth full. I find spaghetti can actually get stuck in his throat.



Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.