Lactose-free carbonara

Lactose-free carbonara

15 min
Ah, carbonara – the classic Italian pasta dish that has won countless hearts and stomachs. Luckily there is no need to stifle your cravings or compromise on taste if you are trying to avoid lactose. We have whipped up a delectable lactose-free carbonara that boasts all the velvety goodness you know, complete with those irresistible crispy bacon bits. Buon appetite: Prepare to be amazed!


  • Boil the spaghetti.
  • Cut bacon into small cubes and fry in a frying pan along with butter until crispy.
  • Whisk together cream, salt, garlic, and half of the cheese.
  • Mix bacon and cheese mixture with the cooked spaghetti until you get a creamy consistency.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese and pepper on top. Serve with an egg yolk.

When using the egg yolks as a garnish for the lactose-free carbonara, make sure they are fresh, as they are less likely to break. They are more likely to maintain their shape and provide a more visually appealing presentation when added on top.

Questions about lactose-free carbonara

Have you ever tried lactose-free carbonara? Here is your chance with our easy and straightforward recipe. We have even provided you with answers to some of the most asked questions about it to help you succeed. Keep on reading to learn more.

What is carbonara?
Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish typically made with a few simple ingredients, including spaghetti, eggs, cheese (such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan), cured pork, and freshly ground black pepper. The dish is known for its rich and creamy sauce, which is created by combining the pasta with a whisked egg and cheese mixture. The pasta’s residual heat gently cooks the eggs, resulting in a smooth and velvety sauce.
Can you make lactose-free carbonara?
Yes, you can make a lactose-free carbonara that is just as delicious as the regular version. To do so, simply substitute the traditional dairy ingredients with alternatives without lactose. The key to maintaining the flavour is selecting high-quality substitutes that closely resemble the taste and texture of the original ingredients. By doing so, you can still enjoy the creaminess and richness of the classic carbonara.
Can you reheat carbonara?
You can, but it is normally a bit challenging due to its egg-based sauce, which can become scrambled or separated when exposed to heat. Since our recipe differs slightly, you will not have this problem. Simply place it in a pan without the egg yolk on top and occasionally stir to ensure that it heats evenly. If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a bit of lactose-free milk or water. Continue heating until it is warmed through but be careful not to overcook it.
How long does carbonara last in the fridge?
Lactose-free carbonara can typically last for up to 3-4 days in the fridge when stored properly in an airtight container placed in the coldest part of the fridge, away from any strong-smelling foods. Since the texture and quality may decline over time, it is best to enjoy the dish as soon as possible.


300 g
Smoked bacon
150 g
Lactose-free cream
50 ml
Arla® LactoFREE Cheddar, grated
250 g
½ tsp
Finely chopped garlic clove
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp
Egg yolks
Lactose-free butter for frying

Make creamy carbonara with no lactose

Indulging in a creamy, delicious carbonara does not have to be off-limits for those who are looking to avoid lactose. With a few clever substitutions, you can create a scrumptious lactose-free carbonara that is just as satisfying as the traditional version. For our spaghetti carbonara recipe, we substitute butter, cream, and cheese with lactose-free alternatives. By using these, you can enjoy the rich, creamy texture and delectable flavour without the lactose. Serve your lactose-free carbonara with a raw egg yolk on top, and watch as friends and family are amazed by the irresistible taste and delightful creaminess with crunchy bits of bacon.

Looking for more savoury lactose-free recipes? Have a look at our delectable lactose-free lasagne, cheesy lactose-free white pizza, and classic lactose-free quiche Lorraine.

A good carbonara sauce is the key to a good carbonara

The secret to a truly delectable result lies in the sauce. A perfect carbonara sauce boasts a smooth, velvety texture and a balanced combination of flavours that bring out the best in your pasta. While the traditional sauce typically relies on a mixture of eggs and cheese, this lactose-free alternative is just as delicious with garlic, salt, and lactose-free cream and cheese. The flawless lactose-free carbonara sauce will elevate your dish, ensuring it is every bit as tasty and satisfying as its traditional counterpart.

The best pasta for carbonara

When it comes to making lactose-free carbonara, the type of pasta you choose can significantly impact the final dish. The ideal type should have a shape and texture that allows the creamy carbonara sauce to coat each noodle evenly.

As the most traditional choice, spaghetti is a long, thin, and cylindrical pasta that pairs well with the creamy carbonara sauce. The smooth surface allows the sauce to coat each strand, ensuring a perfect balance of flavours in each bite.

The dish can be just as delicious and satisfying when made with other types though. Fettuccine provides a broader surface area for the sauce to adhere to, making it an excellent alternative if you prefer a larger noodle. For a short pasta option, rigatoni is the way to go. Its tubular shape and ridged surface help capture the carbonara sauce.

Leave your mark on it

This delicious and creamy lactose-free carbonara recipe offers the perfect opportunity for personalisation. With each variation, you will be able to craft a truly memorable and delicious meal that showcases your creativity.

Carbonara with mushrooms

Elevate your lactose-free carbonara with the earthy, umami flavours of mushrooms. This simple addition transforms the dish into a heartier and even more satisfying meal, perfect for any occasion. Choose a variety of mushrooms like cremini, shiitake, or oyster to create a depth of flavour that will tantalise your taste buds.

Carbonara with vegetables

Add a burst of colour to your lactose-free carbonara by incorporating an assortment of fresh, seasonal vegetables. This not only makes the dish visually appealing but also adds a variety of flavours and textures that complement the creaminess wonderfully. Some popular vegetable additions include asparagus, peas, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and zucchini.

Carbonara with chorizo or chicken

For a delicious twist on the traditional recipe, try adding chorizo or chicken to your lactose-free version. The smoky, spicy flavours of chorizo add a touch of heat and complexity to the dish, while the tender chicken offers a lean addition that complements the creamy sauce. Your protein of choice can contribute to a hearty and satisfying meal.