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WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara

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WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

As a returning WeightWatcher, I am always on the look out for recipes I can adapt.

Whilst not the cheapest on points, this delicious Cheat's Carbonara attracts far fewer points than its calorie-loaded cousin; perfect for a weekend treat. Serve with a lovely zero point salad to make it even more filling!

If you have the points, why not make it a feast? Treat yourself to a glass of wine (points variable) and share a Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself Garlic Bread for 6pts per half a baguette.


WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara

WeightWatchers ProPoints PER PERSON: 12pts (10pts without the optional extras) PLUS any additional points for oil
Serves: 2
Cooking Time: Less than 30 minutes
WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

See notes at the end of this post for an explanation of points values.

  • 40g Pasta per person 4pts (or, if you have enough points and are big eaters like us, 90g per person for 9pts)
  • 1 onion, sliced (or diced, whichever you prefer!)
  • 1 pack Sainsbury's Be Good to Yourself Smoked Bacon Medallions - 3pts per half pack. If you use a different bacon, don't forget to re-calculate the points. 
  • 1 clove of garlic or 1 tsp lazy garlic (yes, I am that lazy!)
  • Cooking oil – zero point spray oil or other (points subject to amount used)
  • 200g pack Philadelphia Extra Light Soft Cheese - 3pts per half pack
  • Dash of skimmed milk
  • Black Pepper
  • Optional: 1 medium egg 1pt. Egg helps to loosen the mixture and help it coat the pasta, but feel free to leave it out to reduce points. You might want to try using a little more milk instead.
  • Optional: 1tbs Parmesan cheese, grated 1pt – again, feel free to leave out this flavour enhancer if you need to lighten the load


WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

  • Heat a pan of water for the pasta. Personally, I don't salt the water, but feel free to do so if you wish.
  • Slice the bacon and onion into small strips and, if you're not being lazy, mince the garlic
  • Spoon out your Philadelphia into a small bowl, add the egg and beat well. If not using egg, add a little skimmed milk until you reach a loose, but creamy sauce-like consistency.
  • Mix in the Parmesan and a twist or three of black pepper
  • Cook your pasta according to packet instructions and drain
  • Pop a suitable frying pan or saucepan onto a medium heat for the Carbonara
  • When the pan is hot, add and heat the oil
  • Add and brown the bacon
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook for a minute or so
  • When your bacon is cooked, reduce the heat and add your Carbonara sauce mixture, covering the bacon and onion
  • Add the cooked pasta to your Carbonara
  • Turn all the ingredients until the pasta is coated
  • If necessary, add another dash of skimmed milk to loosen things up a bit
  • Cook for a further minute or so, turning constantly
  • Serve immediately
  • Enjoy!

WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Pts = WeightWatchers ProPoints per serving

All WeightWatchers ProPoints listed in my recipes are based on the lowest point option for the ingredients and weights listed.

No points listed? This ingredient is point-free!

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