Light Linguine Carbonara Recipe
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Light Linguine Carbonara Recipe

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When we have to rush off at night, I make this speedy pasta with veggies and bacon. Serve with breadsticks or garlic toast, and dinner's done. —Mary Jo Miller, Mansfield, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 352 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 349mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook linguine according to package directions, adding peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk egg, milk, red pepper, pepper flakes and pepper until blended; cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is just thick enough to coat a spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese and bacon; remove from heat.
  2. Drain linguine; return to pot. Add sauce and toss to coat. Serve with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Light Linguine Carbonara in Light & Tasty August/September 2003, p31

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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hkpepin User ID: 3030797 265419
Reviewed May. 1, 2017

"Delicious! I used skim milk instead of evaporated, since that's what I had on hand, but we really liked the lightened up version. I used a fresh linguine and loved the extra vegetables. I would make this one again."

Catherine M User ID: 4074232 263467
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"This was delicious. The only change I made was to add garlic and more pepper. Terrific dinner and lunch the next day."

RLSM User ID: 5781736 255062
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

"Quite good. Next time I think I will add some additional seasoning as suggested by other reviewers."

lorstout User ID: 2537668 252831
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"This is a quick, one-dish meal and the whole family enjoyed it! Even lightened up, it was still rich and satisfying. The red pepper flakes gave it a nice bit of heat too. I definitely added more than 1/8 tsp. though. If you like carbonara, this is a delicious lighter version."

Hockeymom027 User ID: 7306075 250601
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

"I'm often looking for something quick and easy to make after I get home from work in the evening. This fits the bill perfectly. Full of flavor, my family loved it! I served it with garlic toast."

Btheodore User ID: 3565719 246127
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"This recipe is fantastic! Even my meat and potatoes, healthy food phobic husband loves this dish and requests it often. I should point out though...DO NOT USE CANNED PARM! It will be bland. Use the real stuff only! I also use 4 slices of bacon instead of 2, and 2% evaporated milk. I also leave out the sweet pepper, but keep in the pepper flakes. It adds a much needed spicy element with out being too hot. It's still low cal (347 per serving), but a bit more decadent."

Chynna86 User ID: 8357153 244784
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"This was good, but I did make some modifications. To make it more rich, I used 1 cup of half & half instead of the evaporated milk (kind of defeats the purpose of this being a light dish, but it tasted great and was very filling so we naturally ate less of it). Instead of the crumbled bacon, I used chopped pancetta and heated it in a skillet and then drained the fat before tossing it in with the pasta. I also left out the red pepper and red pepper flakes and used a little more fresh ground black pepper."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 243953
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Pretty good!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 240660
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"easy to make and very elegant with a salad and a glass of white wine!

We used pre-cooked bacon cut into pieces. It made assembly even quicker with no
noticeable difference in quality."

Beema User ID: 446601 234027
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Before I made this, I read the reviews, mainly looking to see if there was enough flavor in the original version - I'm glad I did. First, I didn't have any bacon, so I added tiny bits of ham and allowed it to heat up in the same water as used to cook the pasta; Secondly, I added some garlic powder, minced onion, oregano, and a tablespoon of deli mustard. That really livened it up, and we loved it! I really liked the idea of adding the egg to make the sauce nice and smooth, and I have used that technique on several other pasta recipes since."

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