On today’s blog is a spaghetti carbonara recipe. I adapted this recipe from others I found online, to make it simpler – by using one cheese instead of two, and by using a lower fat spread (instead of butter). I also used lean bacon instead of pancetta, because bacon is cheaper and more likely to be found in my fridge! I had not made this before, but it will now become a firm family favourite I’m sure!


  • 150g (dry weight) spaghetti
  • 20g reduced fat spread (I used Flora)
  • 4 rashers lean bacon (or medallions), chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g grana padana cheese (parmesan), grated (bought from Lidl)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced fat double cream
  • Black pepper to season


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the pasta to the boil and cook until al dente (just tender) – approx. 15 minutes. Drain
  2. In a separate dish or bowl, combine the 2 eggs with the grated cheese. Leave to one side
  3. In a second large saucepan, add the reduced fat spread, and once melted, add the chopped bacon to cook it
  4. Once cooked, add the cooked drained pasta to the saucepan containing the bacon
  5. Remove saucepan from the heat
  6. Add the egg / cheese mixture to the spaghetti / bacon mixture, and mix quickly and thoroughly (doing this away from the heat prevents the egg from scrambling)
  7. Add the cream and black pepper and mix through
  8. Serve with a green salad or mixed vegetables and enjoy!


This meal will serve 2 hungry adults

Cost per serving

I bought all the ingredients this meal for £1.90 – less than £1 per adult serving. 500g of spaghetti from Lidl only costs 20p!


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Annemarie Aburrow

Annemarie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a first class honours in Physiology with Nutrition. She went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, leading to registration as a Dietitian. Between 2005 and 2013, Annemarie worked for the NHS in a wide variety of clinical and community roles. More recently, she has specialised in health promotion and prescribing support. She has particular experience in obesity management (both adults and children), diabetes, nutrition for the under 5s and nutritional supplement prescribing. In 2013, Annemarie left the NHS to set up her private practice 'Expert Dietitian'. She now works as a freelance Dietitian, offering private consultations in Hampshire, telephone and Skype appointments, corporate nutrition consultancy and bespoke training. She has a growing portfolio of project work, including working with her local council to provide nutrition training and expertise to Early Years settings, article writing, work with schools and running training/workshops. Annemarie is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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