Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Healthy Carbonara

Eating out is always a bit of a mine field when it comes to Weight Watchers, there are a few general guidelines but without actually going into the kitchen with a set of scales and harassing the chef (they do not like this) it is pretty much a guessing game.

One of the guidelines when eating pasta is to avoid anything creamy, opt for a tomato based sauce instead. This is sound advice generally as even the most novice of weight watchers knows cream beats tomato in a game of propoint top trumps. However, does this mean I can never again experience the delights of a nice Carbonara?


I really do love a good carbonara, heck, I even love a bad carbonara. There is just something about the creamy saucy pasta mixed with the salty bacon that speaks to my soul. So, I set about creating a Weight Watchers version I could easily make at home...

And here it is...

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Healthy Weight Watcher's Friendly Carbonara.
I'm not going to pretend it is as good as real carbonara, but it still delicious!
  • 160g Spaghetti
  • 2 rashers Bacon (fat trimmed)
  • 100g Creme Fraiche (Half fat)
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 1-2 pints Water
Cut the bacon in small pieces and fry until the desired crispness. I like mine quite crispy.Pop the water and stock cube in a pan and bring to the boil.Cook the pasta in the stock until tender.Once the pasta is cooked, drain away most of the stock, leaving a small amount in the pan with the pasta.Stir in the creme fraiche and sprinkle in the bacon.Heat gently until all combined and desired consistancyServe in a glutenous heap, maybe sprinkle some Parmesan over the top if feeling particularly decadent.
Total Propoints: 20 Number of Servings: 2 Pro Points per serving: 10

The stock is really just there to take away the slight yoghurt-y flavour of the creme fraiche. You could go without, but in my opinion its what makes this dish!

You could also throw all sorts of vegetables in with this, I have made it with mushrooms instead of bacon and it is lovely! Just go wild, it is very versatile.