Shrimp Carbonara


This lighter shrimp carbonara omits bacon and is made with skim milk and half-and-half to cut calories.

close up view of Shrimp Carbonara garnished with fresh herbs, in a bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti

  • 20 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup skim milk

  • ¼ cup half-and-half

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and immediately return spaghetti to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, place shrimp in a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir shrimp until mostly opaque, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp to pasta; cover to keep warm.

  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add milk and half-and-half; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Pour 1/4 cup of the milk mixture into a bowl; add eggs and stir until warmed through. Pour egg mixture over shrimp and pasta and stir in remaining milk mixture.

  5. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

471 Calories
14g Fat
61g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 254mg 20%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 357mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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