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Lemon Carbonara

Lemon Carbonara

I LOVE pasta, especially with meaty/cheesy sauces, but during the summer months I crave lighter fresher dishes - and so does my waistline! This recipe fits the bill perfectly, combining fresh and zingy lemon, salty Parmesan and fresh herbs. I've given the quantities for 2 small servings although you could double the quantities for a more substantial meal. A great summery light lunch.


| Serves: 2  | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes |


  • 150g Spaghetti
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Creme Fraiche
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Handful of grated Parmesan
  • Small handful of chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Step 1: Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the spaghetti - cook according to packet instructions.
  • Step 2: Meanwhile in a bowl mix together the egg, lemon zest, creme fraiche and Parmesan and season.
  • Step 3: When the spaghetti is cooked, drain and return to pan then quickly toss through the lemon sauce. Sprinkle over the parsley and serve with extra Parmesan.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 14th May 2010 |


  1. I bet that is so fresh & light!

  2. Beth, this looks really delish and low fat too. Book-marking this one!


  3. Lovely summer dish - love this!

  4. Oooh I've never thought of lemon carbonara!!! LOVE this!

  5. Yay! Finally a carbonara dish I can eat! Will be trying this one just as soon as poss.

  6. Completely agree with you - this is one of those summery joys! So fresh and zingy, and so simple and quick to make, too!

  7. Gorgeous! Actually, I tried something like this years ago, with lobster, and I haven't had it since. I must make this!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious. A real summery 'eat outdoors' type meal.

  9. What a lovely and light pasta dish.

  10. Great summer food - light but filling.

  11. Yum. This sounds like a lovely light summery version. Normally I'm not a carbonara fan but this sounds delicious

  12. Mmmmmmmm, lovely Beth. Just perfect, especially with the glass of wine.

  13. Yum! That looks amazing. I love carbonara and you're right, it's getting to the season where a lighter version is called for. Shall be giving this a try! x

  14. Beth, I made this tonight and it was simply gorgeous. I used low fat fromage frais instead and this is keeper! I plan on blogging it tomorrow and will link back to you.



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