Keto Carbonara Quick
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Rich, creamy Carbonara that is keto-friendly! This low-carb Keto Carbonara comes together quickly and easily, and the whole family will enjoy it.

This Italian-inspired meal, made with palmini for a “That has to be genuine pasta!” double-take, will become an instant favorite.

Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?

Keto Carbonara Healthy
Food: Keto Carbonara (Source: The Hungry Elephant)
  • It has the same rich, silky texture and flavor as conventional carbonara but with a quarter of the carbs, making it ideal for keto and low-carb diets.
  • Bacon! Bacon adds a salty, crispy texture that balances out the smoothness of the pasta sauce and palmini noodles, and it’s fantastic.
  • Even the palmini can be made ahead of time for lunches or meal prep. Simply store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • It’s ridiculously simple to make. Palmini eliminates the need for pasta cooking, so you’ll never have to worry about al dente vs. overdone pasta.

Important Ingredients

Palmini — Palmini is a fantastic Whole30-friendly, low-carb pasta substitute. They have a vegetable texture and a mild flavor, as they are made from palm hearts.

That means you can use them with almost any spaghetti sauce and they won’t overpower it. If you don’t like palmini, you can easily substitute miracle or vegetable noodles.

Egg Yolk – Only egg yolks are used in this keto carbonara sauce. The yolks, parmesan, and cream combine to make a lovely, rich white sauce for your faux noodles.

The yolks are also high in healthful fat, which is exactly what you want if you’re on a keto diet.

Heavy Cream — Traditional carbonara does not use the cream at all and proposes it might be considered a crime in some circles.

However, because this is keto carbonara, we’ll use it. Heavy cream just keeps your sauce thick and creamy while also adding more fat to the dish.

Chef’s Advice

  • Use miracle noodles (also known as shirataki noodles) instead of palmini for even fewer carbs. Palmini normally has 2g net carbohydrates per serving, while most brands of shirataki noodles have 0g net carbs per serving.
  • The egg yolks will scramble if your carbonara sauce becomes too heated. When the cream is simmering, be cautious not to overheat it; remove the sauce from the fire to add the yolk, then use just enough heat to heat everything through once the pasta is added.
  • Add some seasoned chicken to your plated keto carbonara for added protein. It’s not your typical carbonara, but it’s delicious!
  • If you don’t like the acidic taste of palmini straight from the can, soak the noodles for 30 minutes in milk (any milk) before draining and boiling. Otherwise, simply clean them thoroughly, drain them, and set them aside until you’re ready to use them in the sauce.

Keto Carbonara

15-minute prep time
20 minutes to cook
35 minutes total

Rich, creamy carbonara that is keto-friendly! This low-carb carbonara comes together quickly and easily, and the whole family will enjoy it.

This Italian-inspired meal, made with palmini for a “That has to be genuine pasta!” double-take, will become an instant favorite.


  • 3 14-ounce cans palmini drained
  • 6 ounces bacon chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream plus more if desired
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese freshly grated, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground


  • Large skillet
  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl

Instructions For Keto Carbonara

Keto Carbonara
Food: Keto Carbonara (Source: The Hungry Elephant)
  1. Palmini should be drained and placed aside.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl. 2 tablespoons of bacon grease should be left in the skillet.
  3. Bring the cream to a simmer in the skillet, then remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks. Whisk in the parmesan cheese and black pepper once everything is mixed. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more heavy cream until it reaches the appropriate consistency.
  4. Palmini and bacon should be added to the skillet. Toss everything together thoroughly. Return to a medium heat setting and finish heating.
  5. If desired, top with additional parmesan cheese. Serve right away.


This recipe serves around 6 people. The nutritional values displayed are for one serving of palmini with sauce. Extra heavy cream or parmesan cheese are not included in the calculations.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 367kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 134mg, Sodium: 942mg, Potassium: 113mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 651IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 418mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 5g