Slimming World Carbonara Recipes: 12 Delicious and Low-Syn Options

Updated on 
5 September, 2023

12 Slimming World Carbonara Recipes That Won't Break the Diet

Spaghetti carbonara is a much-loved meal among families, however, this creamy Italian classic can often be loaded with syns due to its egg mixture with heavy cream and full-fat bacon.

Our List Of The Best Slimming World Carbonara Recipes

This doesn't mean you cannot have Italian pasta dishes like carbonara in the Slimming World, you just need to make some simple swaps in the ingredients so that this meal can support your weight loss.

To give you some cooking inspiration, we've listed our X favourite Slimming World carbonara recipes for you to check out below which are low in syns and healthy!

How Many Syns Does Regular Spaghetti Carbonara Have?

Before we get into our best spaghetti carbonara recipes, let's start with talking about how many syns regular carbonara has on the slimming world plan.

Regular spaghetti carbonara has on average 7.5 syns for 100g, making it high in syns and consuming nearly half of your daily syn allowance.

Normal carbonara gets the majority of its syns from high-calorie ingredients such as butter, cheese and heavy cream which makes the meal very high in fat, bacon with the fat left on also raises the syn values.

How Do I Make Spaghetti Carbonara Syn Friendly?

Although spaghetti carbonara typically has high syn values, this doesn't mean you can't make this popular pasta recipe syn-friendly, we've done some simple swaps for you below so you can enjoy your Slimming World spaghetti without the guilt.

  • Use lean bacon - Lean bacon medallions are syn-free in the Slimming World and a great alternative to regular bacon which is often full of fat.
  • Make it creamy with fromage frais - Fromage frais can help make your sauce creamy and avoid you having to use heavy cream which is often very high in fat and calories.
  • Avoid the butter - Butter is a big source of fat and calories, avoid this spread at all costs since it can add a lot of extra calories to your slimming world spaghetti if you're not careful.
  • Measure the cheese - You can still have cheese on your spaghetti pasta, just make sure to measure the parmesan out rather than sprinkle it on, this way you can use the cheese as your healthy extra A on the plan.

Our 12 Favourite Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara Recipes

Now we know that regular spaghetti carbonara can be very high in syns, let's move on to our five favourite recipes for making a Slimming World's version of spaghetti carbonara at home.

Slimming World's Own Spaghetti Carbonara

From the Slimming World website itself, this spaghetti carbonara recipe only has 0.5 syns a serving and follows the traditional egg mixture to make this Italian pasta dish.

The fat-free fromage frais in the dish keeps the pasta creamy without the syns and uses bacon without fat to keep it healthy. We've linked the recipe for this four-person dinner here.

Slimming Eat's Spaghetti Carbonara

If you want to make a carbonara which has more parmesan cheese, this Slimming Eats recipe is the right carbonara recipe for you.

Using similar ingredients to the Slimming World recipe, this carbonara uses fat-free fromage frais to make it creamy and lean-back bacon for the protein. You can use your healthy extra allowance for cheese.

Try out the recipe here.

Super Golden Bakes Spaghetti Carbonara

For that classic carbonara taste, this Italian pasta recipe from Super Golden Bakes uses egg yolks in its recipe to make the rich pasta dish, and a lot of grated cheese to create the authentic egg cheese mixture in the dish.

As long as you use your grated cheese as your healthy extra A in the Slimming World, this recipe is syn free, you can also make a chicken carbonara slimming recipe by changing the bacon to chicken breasts.

Tastefully Viki Spaghetti Carbonara

To make this Slimming World's friendly carbonara even more cheesy, Tastefully Vikkie uses reduced fat cheese in this recipe in addition to regular parmesan.

Medallions and mushrooms help make the Italian cheese pasta dish more authentic. Get the detailed method on the website.

Matts Cafe Syn Free Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara

If you're looking for a change from regular bacon spaghetti carbonara, you can check out this recipe from Matts Cafe here which is made with chicken and bacon.

The recipe has 3 syns a serving and uses light Philadelphia to make it creamy, use the cheese as your healthy extra A to help keep syns low.

You can get the full cooking method here.

Syn Free Fat Girl Skinny Cream Cheese Spaghetti Carbonara

Got some Dairylea triangles hanging around in the fridge? Why not make a syn-free spaghetti carbonara with them? For this recipe from Fat Girl Skinny, the Dairylea cream cheese is what helps to create that creamy egg mixture sauce that we all love.

The recipe further uses tinned lean ham and bacon to up the protein content.

Syn Free Fat Girl Skinny Cream Cheese Spaghetti Carbonara

Slimming Violet Spaghetti Carbonara

Slimming violet has a popular spaghetti carbonara recipe on their website which is SW friendly, the recipe used 120g of grated cheese where some can be used as your healthy extra A and lean bacon rashers medallions to keep the fat content low.

We've linked their recipe here.

Two Chubby Cubs Spaghetti Carbonara

If you're not a fan of quark, yoghurt or fat-free creme fraiches, this recipe for carbonara from Two Chubby Cubs is 100% for you.

The recipe has simple ingredients of egg yolks, garlic, parmesan and bacon medallions. Full details here.

Mushroom Carbonara From Best Slimming World

For people who have their mushrooms in carbonara, this recipe from the best Slimming World is a great choice. Make sure you have ingredients such as lean bacon back rashers, white button mushrooms, garlic and eggs.

You can use penne pasta or spaghetti for this recipe. We've linked the details here.

Gammon Slimming World Carbonara

Gammon and ham can pair well with carbonara and can keep it syn free, this recipe from Slimming Survival uses lean gammon or baked ham in the carbonara pasta and a tub of Philadelphia light to make the sauce creamy.

Try the recipe on the Slimming Survival site.

Skinny Carbonara Jamie Oliver Style

You can't go wrong with a Jamie Oliver recipe! This slimming skinny carbonara from Jamie Oliver uses lean bacon, flaked almonds, fat-free natural yoghurt and some parmesan.

Using wholewheat pasta can help make the meal higher in fibre too, we've linked the recipe here.

Our Slimming World Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

If you've got all your spaghetti carbonara ingredients at home and your looking for some step by step instructions to cook the best SW carbonara, we've got you covered with our favourite slimming world recipe below.

This recipe serves four people making it an excellent family meal and has 0.5 syns per serving.

Simply follow along and enjoy!


  • 400g of dried spaghetti.
  • Four spoons of fat-free fromage frais.
  • Three spoons of parmesan.
  • Four eggs.
  • Seven bacon medallions with no fat.
  • Black pepper and salt.
  • Parsley for serving.


  1. Start by cooking your pasta according to pack instructions, next heat your nonstick frying pan over medium heat and fry the bacon for around three minutes, you can use low cal cooking spray or dry fry, the bacon should produce moisture itself.
  2. Now lightly beat your eggs, season them and stir in your fromage frais with a spoon of cheese.
  3. Mix the bacon medallions into the pasta, remove from the heat and let the residual heat mix with the egg mixture to combine well. Divide your pasta between four bowls and top with the rest of your parmesan and enjoy!

Tips For Sticking With The Slimming World Plan

If you've recently joined the Slimming World plan and you are worried about failing with the plan or going over your syns, we've listed our holy grail tips for sticking with this SW plan below.

  • Plan your meals - To avoid getting caught off guard, plan your healthy SW meals for each day of the week, and add extras for the kids and other family members to make meals more interesting.
  • Make in bulk - Making Slimming World meals like carbonara in bulk is a time saver and helps you prepare for the next day and avoid grabbing unhealthy foods or snacks when you're short on time.
  • Stay motivated - Remember why you are doing the Slimming World diet, to begin with, put a picture of your goal on your mirror or fridge where you see each day and remember your why!
  • Join the group - Slimming World has a great group to join with other slimmers on the same plan, here you can chat about your weight loss goals and share tips to help motivate each other.
  • Make healthy swaps - To make Slimming World-friendly meals you can make easy healthy swaps, for example, use low cal cooking spray instead of regular oil, and use free foods for your carbs such as pasta and rice or low-fat versions of spreads and cheese.
  • Enjoy yourself! - One of the best parts about the Slimming World plan is that it is a flexible diet. You can eat what you want on the Slimming World plan thanks to the syn system, so if you want a slice of cake, have it! Just treat yourself in moderation.

Last Words

To conclude, spaghetti carbonara can be very high in calories due to its traditional ingredients such as heavy cream, lots of cheese and butter. We recommend making carbonara with simple swaps such as light cream cheese, using regular cheese as your healthy extra A allowance and lean bacon.

Tips For Sticking With The Slimming World Plan

All of our suggested recipes to follow above are below 3 syns too and make an easy weeknight meal with just a handful of ingredients such as pasta, garlic cloves, cheese and egg mixture, you can also make carbonara with chicken breasts to lower the fat content.

To check out syns in supermarket pasta dishes, we've linked our syn guide here.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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