Prep Time 10
Cook Time 15
Ingredients 8
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4

Simple tweaks can transform your favourite dish into a healthier version. Accredited Practising Dietitian Karissa Woolfe renovates creamy carbonara into a nutritious meal the family can enjoy, in less than 30 minutes. By swapping cream for avocado, and tweaking other core ingredients, Australian Avocados show it’s possible to turn carbonara from a heart health warning into a healthier heart hero.



400g linguine or spaghetti

1 Tablespoon olive oil

3 rashers of bacon, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 avocado

½ cup grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1/3 cup chopped parsley, plus extra to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente then drain, reserving ½ cup cooking water
  2. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Cook the bacon for 3-4 minutes until crispy then add the garlic. Stir through then remove from heat
  3. Place the avocado flesh, ½ cup parmesan, nutmeg and reserved water in a food processor, season and pulse until combined
  4. Add the drained pasta to the pan and stir in the avocado mixture and parsley until well coated
  5. Divide between four bowls and scatter with parsley.

Nutrients per serve:

Energy (kJ) 1710
Total Fat (g) 24.0
Saturated Fat (g) 7
Carbohydrates (g) 30.0
Dietary Fibre (g) 5
Sodium (mg) 480

Disclaimer: The above recipe meets the nutrition criteria set by Diabetes NSW. However, the opinions expressed on www.sanitarium.com.au do not necessarily reflect the views of Diabetes NSW.