Penne Carbonara Recipe (No Cream)

Whenever I’m dining at a pasta place, I will almost always order carbonara without fail. Just because I don’t adore tomato-based pasta as much, lol. Pasta carbonara is like classic comfort food. Creamy, cheesy and eggy. So sinful but oh so delicious. ­čśÇ

Penne Carbonara Recipe

The ones that I’m talking about are the ‘wet’ kind of carbonara that have cream in them which we can easily find at most run-of-the-mill pasta restaurants and Western food eateries. If you have ever visited Italy or have had a meal at an authentic Italian restaurant, you’ll notice that their pasta carbonara is drier as no cream is used. Traditional carbonara recipes generally use eggs and┬áPecorino Romano.

Penne Carbonara Recipe

I wanted to recreate that at home so I could make a pasta carbonara that is less rich and less cloying but is still packed with a satisfying punch.

No Cream, Less Calories

Don’t be deceived by the look of my dish. The taste is absolutely spot-on and it has lesser calories! Woohoo! :mrgreen:

Use The Real Stuff

Also, if you want a really good, tasty carbonara, please buy a block of real┬áPecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano which you can store in the fridge and use over a period of time. Don’t use those fake grated parmesan cheese. It is not the same!

This recipe is good for 3 persons. If you’re cooking for more, simply increase the amount of eggs and cheese accordingly.


Carbonara Penne Recipe
  • 250g penne or a pasta of your choice, cooked according to packet instructions
  • 3 tbsp pasta water (water used to cook the pasta)
  • 180g frozen peas
  • 150g back bacon, sliced into smaller pieces
  • 30g Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated + extra as topping
  • 2 large eggs
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste (optional)
In a bowl, combine eggs, grated cheese and a pinch of black pepper. Mix thoroughly.
In a non-stick pan, pan-fry the bacon pieces till golden brown.
Add the penne and loosen it up with the pasta water.
Stir in the peas.
Pour in the egg-cheese mixture and stir till well combined.
Season with salt if desired.
Transfer the pasta onto serving plates and grate extra cheese on top.

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