Jennifer Aniston-Inspired Lean Carbonara

A simple pasta for the no-frills family.

Jennifer Aniston-Inspired Lean Carbonara
8 oz Spaghetti
2 Large eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for topping
4 Slices of turkey bacon, chopped
1 Small red onion, sliced
2 Garlic cloves, minced
Kocher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the chopped turkey bacon (no oil). Cook until lightly browned and starting to crisp up, about 3 minutes.

Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente doneness.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, parmesan cheese, and a generous grinding of black pepper in a medium bowl

When the spaghetti is cooked, remove and keep about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.

Whisk 1/4 cup of the pasta water gradually into the egg mixture, whisking continuously.

Add the pasta to the skillet of bacon and onions over medium-low heat. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, stirring continuously, until the sauce is thickened but not scrambled, about 2 minutes.

If the skillet gets too hot, remove it from the heat. Add more pasta water if it’s too dry.

Serve in bowls topped with more parmesan and cracked black pepper.

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What is Jennifer Aniston's favorite recipe? Lean Carbonara! "On the pasta, I put eggs, cheese, turkey bacon, and a little sautéed red onion and garlic. It's simple—no cream, no butter, no oil, no nothing," she told Bon Appetit.

Here's our recipe inspired by Jennifer's favorite dish. Make carbonara a little healthier with this lighter take on the classic comfort food.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes