Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Smoked Salmon Carbonara
I guess you all know that Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, cheese, bacon and black pepper. 
I wanted to prepare a little healthier Carbonara recipe that uses smoked salmon instead of bacon, also added some lemon zest and chives on top for serving to bring a little more flavor and color to this dish. This recipe doesn't use any additional cream. it's just the eggs and Parmesan that makes them creamy. I must say it was incredible delicious beyond my expectations. 
It is so easy to prepare that you don't need more than 15 minutes to have this all done and ready to be served. It is a quick meal, looks appetizing, your guests or family will definitely enjoy it.


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  • Makes about 2 servings
  • 7 oz (200 g) spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) Parmesan cheese
  • 2.5 oz (70 g) smoked salmon
  • chives and lemon zest, for serving
  1. Cook the pasta to the al dente stage in lightly salted water.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, cheese and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a frying pan heat olive oil and cook garlic over medium heat until softened. Add in the salmon and cook until warm. We only need to heat the salmon as is already cooked. Remove from heat.
  4. Drain the pasta (reserve some of the cooking water ) and return them in the pan with the garlic and salmon. Stir to coat the pasta.
  5. Add egg mixture and chives, toss well so the heat  heat from the pasta cook the eggs. Add cooking water to get the consistency you prefer.
  6. Serve with freshly ground black pepper, grated parmesan and some lemon zest on top.
Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:601, Fat:28.1 g, Saturated Fat:8.0g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:56.1g, Protein:32.2, Cholesterol:264mg, Calories from Fat 253, 1052mg, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 1%,Calcium 29%, Iron 25%, Nutrition Grade C+, Daily Percent Values are Based on a 2000 calorie diet
On December 10, 2013 at 11:37 am, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
This is SO timely! I was going to use smoked salmon in a few days, and now I got the perfect recipe that my family will love! I love the easy preparation part too. I usually make just regular carbonara, but this is a great change! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can't wait to eat this!
On December 11, 2013 at 09:15 pm, Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living said...
This is surprisingly light - I usually think of carbonara as a rich and heavy pasta dish. Can't wait to give this a try!
On December 12, 2013 at 09:51 am, Rosa said...
Mighty delicious! A refined carbonara. Cheers, Rosa
On December 13, 2013 at 08:18 am, Shashi @ Runninsrilankan said...
Dont think Ive ever had salmon carbonara - love this! Thanks for sharing
On December 13, 2013 at 06:45 pm, Liz said...
My oldest at something like this in Rome! I tried to recreate it but it was nowhere like the original. Now I'm wondering if it was carbonara? I'm going to make him your recipe...I know I'll love it, too!!! THANK YOU!!!
On December 16, 2013 at 09:45 am, Gintare @Gourmantine said...
My hubs would carry me around the house for the evening if I made these! :)
On January 16, 2014 at 01:28 am, mamun hasan said...
realy awesome recipes.i like it....

Thank you, appreciate it. 

On January 13, 2016 at 06:36 pm, Renee @ said...
Thanks for the great recipe. I made a few adjustments (used canned salmon from Costco, no garlic, and butter instead of olive oil) and it was a HUGE hit for the whole family!!

Sounds so good.. so glad you enjoyed the recipe

On September 27, 2016 at 06:35 pm, Chris said...
Sounds fantastic. So nice to find a smoked salmon sauce that is not cream based. I am planning on making this for the family this weekend and am inputtting it into my nutrition app. Quick question: Any idea on the size of a serving? I am guessing about 8 oz or so from the ingredient list. Thanks

Sorry for the late answer, hope you tried this recipe. You are right, the recipe I've shared with you makes about 2 servings about 8 oz each. 

On October 28, 2016 at 01:05 pm, Rachel said...
Delicious! I added fresh asparagus and frozen petit pois to the pasta at the last minute for colour, crunch and green goodness. A very well received Friday supper!
On April 26, 2017 at 05:33 am, Al. said...
Really nice. Bit less pasta bit more salmon. Added asparagus tips and would add button mushrooms next time
On August 13, 2017 at 08:05 pm, Sarah said...
Hi Ella, this sounds really nice and I bet it will taste amazing too. I have a question, How much grams of chives do I have to add?

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