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.


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