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Recipe: Skinny Carbonara from {Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver}

Today sees the publication of Jamie Oliver’s brand new cookbook Everyday Super Food and I’ve been busy trying out some of the recipes for myself at home, beginning with Jamie’s Skinny Carbonara.

If you’ve been following Jamie on Instagram or on the You app, you’ll have noticed that this is the year he turned 40. He himself has enjoyed making some simple lifestyle changes, for example, by practicing mindfulness and by making some changes to his diet and lifestyle. Everyday Super Food is really his ultimate manifesto for helping you do the same.

I have four copies of Jamie’s new book to giveaway (see entry form below) with the recipe for Jamie’s Skinny Carbonara also shared below with the publisher’s permission.

Every Day Super Food

The Skinny Carbonara was very tasty and quick to make – fifteen minutes at most. I didn’t see any instructions for juicing the lemon and I ended up adding in the juice of one whole lemon. Next time, I would use the juice of half a lemon. I had quite a lot of pea mixture left over, so blitzed it up with some chicken stock and had a an extra cup of pea soup for lunch the next day. The whole family enjoyed it and the addition of peas and ground almonds gave the dish an extra lift and a bit of texture, along with the crispy bacon. Nobody noticed the wholewheat spaghetti so that’s a permanent switch for us in the future!

I can’t wait to try the Mega Veggie Burger featured by Helen here, or the Baked Eggs with Popped Beans that Katherine tried here. I’m also looking forward to trying Jamie’s Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad, shared by The Happy Foodie.

Skinny Carbonara Ren Behan
My version of the tasty Skinny Carbonara recipe from the book

The book ties in with a new six-part Channel 4 series, Jamie’s Super Food, due to broadcast this autumn and you can buy the book from today.


Jamie Oliver
Humble little peas are a source of nine different micronutrients, and are especially high in thiamin, a B vitamin that helps our hearts to function properly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Healthy
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


  • 200 g freshly podded or frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon flaked almonds
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • ½ a bunch of fresh basil 15g
  • 15 g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • 150 g wholewheat spaghetti
  • 1 rasher of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon
  • olive oil
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 100 g fat-free natural yoghurt


  • Put a pan of boiling salted water on the heat for your pasta, dunk a sieve containing the peas into the water for just 30 seconds, then put aside, leaving the pan on the heat.
  • Very lightly toast the almonds in a dry non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, then blitz until fine in a food processor. With the processor still running, peel and drop in the garlic, a pinch of sea salt, the basil leaves, the finely grated Parmesan and the lemon juice. Blitz until it comes together, then pulse in the peas, to try and keep a bit of texture.
  • Cook the pasta in the boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, very finely slice the bacon and fry slowly in the frying pan with 1 teaspoon of oil on a medium-low heat until golden and crispy, then use a slotted spoon to transfer to kitchen paper, so the flavoursome fat stays in the pan.
  • Scoop in three-quarters of your pea mixture to heat through.
  • Whisk the egg and yoghurt together well. When the pasta’s done, reserving a mugful of cooking water, drain the pasta and toss straight into the pea pan, mixing well, then take the pan off the heat (this is very important, otherwise the egg will scramble when you add it, and we don’t want that).
  • Pour in the egg mixture and toss until evenly coated, silky and creamy, loosening with cooking water if needed. Taste and season to perfection, and serve topped with the remaining pea mixture and the crispy bacon.
  • It might be skinny, but it’s beautifully light and delicious. Enjoy!


Skinny Carbonara
Jamie’s Skinny Carbonara {Image from the book, taken by Jamie Oliver}

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Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House

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With thanks to Jamie’s PR team for the recipes, previews and review copy in the post.

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  1. Allison W says:

    Made this tonight! Totally agree that a while lemon is too much! Wish I’d come across your comments before.

  2. yum, the carbonara looks fab. looking forward to (attempting!) this myself

  3. kate eastham says:

    My favorite book of Jamie’s is his the return of the naked chef book. Because it includes my favourite recipe of his the farfelle with savoy cabbage, pancetta, thyme and mozerella.
    delicious! 🙂

  4. Tina deacon says:

    I love Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute book always use it fantastic for us

  5. Jamie’s Comfort Food!

  6. Ann-Marie says:

    Has to be Jamie’s Comfort Food! So key for surviving winter 😉

  7. Kirsty Fox says:

    I love his 30 Minute Meals book, that’s my kind of cooking 🙂

  8. My favourite so far is Jamie’s Comfort Food 🙂

  9. Watched the first Jamie’s Superfood last night. Really good and some great recipes. Will defo have to have a look at the book. Also his sugar rush documentary that was on a few nights ago was brilliant and eye opening!

  10. I love save with Jamie

  11. Lyn Bosomworth says:

    Jamie Oliver Comfort Food

  12. I love his Comfort Food book and go back to it time and time again

  13. Prerna Gupta says:

    My favorite is Jamie’s 30 minute meals.! Loved the programme too!

  14. Janice Mackin says:

    Jamie’s 30 minute meals.

  15. Claire Willis says:

    I love his slow cooked spiced lamb shanks – one of the first meals I cooked for my husband many years ago when we were dating

  16. clair downham says:

    i like his naked chef book

  17. Heather Haigh says:

    Jamie’s 15 minute meals is my favourite so far.

  18. Mary Baldwin says:

    Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals – so handy for after work dinners for the family.

  19. Natalie Roberts says:

    Tough choice but I would have to say comfort food. x

  20. I can’t enter the giveaway but boy does this look good! I am waiting impatiently for my copy to arrive from Amazon.co.uk (couldn’t wait until October when it comes out here!)

  21. Jamie at Home is my favourite

  22. Paula Readings says:

    Home made strawberry Jam

  23. Susan Lloyd says:

    Love his pasta pepperonata x

  24. Jennifer Haden says:

    Jamie at home

  25. Vivien Taylor says:

    Lamb dinner mothership.

  26. kellyjo walters says:

    30 minute meals

  27. Tracy K Nixon says:

    I have and love his Jamies 30 Minute Meals book!

  28. Jamie Oliver Comfort Food

  29. Hannah Ingham says:

    I love his Jamie at Home book! 🙂

  30. Tracey Peach says:

    I haven’t seen any of his cooking for a long time so don’t have a favourite at the moment

  31. janine atkin says:

    ive never tried any – now is a good time to start!

  32. Chris Andrews says:

    What’s your favourite Jamie recipe or book? . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Oliver Comfort Food

  33. Jo m welsh says:

    I like Jamie at home

  34. theres a recipe for next of lamb and cous cous but I can’t remember which book it’s in. it’s good though.

  35. Love all his books but I’ll say The Return of the Naked Chef

  36. I’ve recently been using wholewheat pasta and brown rice and I think they actually taste nicer and have a pleasant, sort of nutty, texture. To my delight, my normally very-fussy husband, hasn’t complained either!

  37. Sarah Cooper says:

    I love his Ministry of Food book

  38. i love jamie at home

  39. My favourite Jamie’s recipe is his roast chicken, I can now make a perfectly cooked roast chicken everytime now.

  40. Debbie Nichols says:

    My favourite Jamie book is Jamies Comfort Food


    I love Jamie’s aubergine lasagne!

  42. Jean Bolsover says:

    My favourite book so far is ‘jamie’s dinners’

  43. Theresa cooke says:

    My favourite recipe of Jamie’s is Baked chicken curry.
    It’s really tasty and flavoursome. A family fav

  44. My current favourite Jamie book is his saving money one. I like the ideas he gives for leftovers and using one main piece of meat for several different meals.

  45. It sounds lovely and still indulgent tasting even though it’s a skinny version!

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