This soba noodle carbonara is a healthy spin on traditional carbonara using soba noodles, vegetables and milk.

There’s an amusing story that goes along with this carbonara.

I shall call it “A Peak into What’s it’s Like to Work From Home: a short story by Gina Matsoukas”

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12 o’clock hits and instead of going straight to the kitchen for lunch, I decide it’s way too beautiful outside to spend one more minute indoors and grab a beach towel from the laundry room where they’ve been held captive for the past 7 months to head outside.

Ginger comes with me, I lay down and since I’m in workout clothes (per usual), I decide to roll up my running shorts to a ridiculous “it’s 1998 and I’m a cool high school soccer player level” and take my tank top off (I was wearing a sports bra) to soak up the sunshine.

Ginger frolics off into the woods to sniff/roll in shit/eat grass and all the other fun things hunting dogs like to do while I enjoy about 15 minutes of sunshine in peace thinking about what I want for lunch.

And then it hits me.

I want pasta, I want bacon and I want some sort of creamy sauce.

Not exactly the pinnacle of health and kind of contradicts what I just said yesterday in this single serving chocolate cake post, but whatever.

So I immediately get up and head to the fridge to see how I can make this work in some sort of healthy way.

Ginger is nowhere to be found so I leave her outside figuring she’ll come back soon enough.

20 minutes later I’m knee deep in chopped vegetables, boiling soba noodles, raw eggs and bacon grease when I start to hear barking.

A very specific bark. The kind a certain weimaraner who hates small children uses when said children are trying to cross our backyard and she wants to eat them.


So there I am with nothing more than rolled up shorts and a sports bra on while friggin soba noodles are boiling away on my stove.

In case you’ve never cooked soba noodles, they only take 3-5 minutes to cook. I was on about minute #3 already, standing there waiting for everything to come together because the whole premise behind carbonara is that the pasta needs to be HOT to cook the eggs when you toss it all together.

There’s no room for taking your time and letting the pasta drain while you run outside to save the neighbor from your child-phobic dog.

The logical decision was obviously to make a run for it outside and attempt to corral her in the one minute I had before the soba noodles overcooked.

Overcooked pasta is a tragedy even when it’s Japanese but so are maimed neighbor children. 

Soba noodle carbonara with vegetables

I’ll let you visualize the 30 year old, barefoot, half naked me running through my backyard in the middle of the day yelling at Ginger with tongs in my hand (because apparently I forgot to put them down in the heat of that decision making moment) to get her ass inside.

It wasn’t pretty. It was probably a glimpse into what I’d be like as a mother. I’m not proud.

But the dog came inside, the pasta wasn’t overcooked and somehow I’ve avoided any weird neighborly glances (so far).

Carbonara with soba noodles and vegetables

Moral of this story, kids?

Keep your clothes on.

It’s good advice for many situations in life, even when making soba noodle carbonara.

Love a good noodle dish? Try these spicy udon noodles too!

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Soba Noodle Carbonara

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Soba noodle carbonara
This soba noodle carbonara is a healthy spin on traditional carbonara using soba noodles, vegetables and milk.


  • 6 oz. soba noodles, 2/3 of a normal package
  • 1 orange pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 baby bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated & divided
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • salt & pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, combine eggs, milk, 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese, salt & pepper in a large serving bowl.
  • Once water is boiling, cook soba noodles for 3-5 minutes until al dente.
  • Drain noodles, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water and immediately toss with the egg mixture in the large bowl to cook the eggs.
  • Add the vegetables and remaining cheese and toss to combine until peas are heated through.
  • Top with bacon and serve immediately.
  • If there are leftovers, store with the reserved pasta water to help retain moisture as carbonara tends to dry up easily.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 29gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 227mgSodium: 1137mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Founder and Writer at Running to the Kitchen | About

Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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  1. “Overcooked pasta is a tragedy even when it’s Japanese and so are maimed neighbor children” I’m seriously sitting here laughing. Awesome story :D I love soba noodles. Putting them in carbonara sounds genius to me :D

  2. You’re my hero. Like for realsies. I was just dreaming of pasta carbonara and you delivered!!

  3. love it! the story, the recipe, and the fact that i’m not the only one who sees the future parent in me when i’m dealing with my animals. view:not pretty. already pinned this and can’t wait to make it, carbonara’s been on my must make list for a while.. thanks!

    1. Soba noodles are buckwheat so I believe they are, but I’m honestly not sure as I don’t cook gf specifically.

  4. This cracks me up! I’ve never made soba noodles before…but I’ve chased after a crazy pup more times than I can even count :)

  5. HAHA omg i love your stories. we should grab coffee (or actually, maybe lots of bad food together) and talk funny stories. anyway, your story of wearing clothes reminded me of what happened to me yesterday…i usually cook in an oversized shirt and no pants (i have some weird issue w/wearing pants at home, sorry TMI), our apartment building was getting power-washed, i forgot the blinds were open and i round the island and THERE’S A MAN ON A LADDER LOOKING IN. oh my lord.

    i love your rendition of this soba noodle dish. it’s very unique cause japanese noodle dishes aren’t usually like this but i love that you made it work. AND check out that TECHNIQUE girl of that perfect pasta gotta teach me how you did it…

    1. Ahahaha, I love your story! That would’ve totally freaked me out if I turned around and saw a man looking at me! Although, something similar has happened to me with the Fed Ex guy as he was about to ring the doorbell and I came prancing downstairs with no pants on going to the laundry room to get my clothes out of the dryer.