This zucchini carbonara uses squash instead of traditional spaghetti to make it a super-tasty low carb entree. Gluten free and LCHF recipe with video tutorial!
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Spaghetti carbonara is not a dish that I have given up lightly since eating low carb. The comforting combination of bacon, eggs and pasta is just perfect. When I was making zoodles the other day it occurred to me that I could use them to make a low carb carbonara dish. And that's just what I did!
A medium zucchini has 4 grams of net carbs (or 2.7g net carbs per cup when chopped), and of course once you make it into zoodles it is much better for you than higher carb alternatives. Zucchini is a great source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, plus Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. So many health benefits to a zucchini – how can you refuse?!?!
Watch the video tutorial or scroll down for the full recipe and printable recipe card!
How to Make Low Carb Zucchini Carbonara
Prepare the zucchini noodles by using a julienne peeler, the julienne attachment on a mandoline, or a Spiralizer! Just make sure you don't include the core, otherwise the final dish will be too watery. Of course, you can also buy the “zoodles” ready-prepared from many grocery stores!
Fry some chopped bacon and onion in some olive oil until the onion has softened and the bacon is cooked but not crispy. Can't you just smell that bacon?!!? Add the zucchini and continue to cook until they have softened. In a cup or bowl, beat an egg and add some black pepper. You could also add a little heavy cream here , but it is optional.
Pour it into the pan and quickly stir it around to disperse it. Keep stirring until the egg has cooked.
Add some grated Parmesan and you are ready to serve! And in case you are wondering – yes this IS a meal for one! But is easy to increase if you have others to cook for!
I just love the balance of flavors with this dish – almost as much as I love the original pasta version. Salty, creamy, savory, peppery – so much going on!Low Carb Zucchini Carbonara #lowcarb Click To Tweet
BTW you can also make this recipe with any summer squash!
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs chopped onion
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 egg
- black pepper
- 1 tbs heavy cream, optional
- ¼ cup grated Parmesanv
- Make the zucchini into "zoodles" by using a spiralizer, mandoline, or julienne peeler.
- Sauté the onion and bacon in olive oil until the onion has softened and the bacon is cooked but not crispy.
- Add the zucchini noodles and continue to sauté until they are cooked through.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg, black pepper and cream (if using). Pour the mixture into the pan and toss to coat. Stir frequently until the egg is cooked.
- Add the Parmesan cheese and serve.
9g net carbs per large serving (whole recipe)
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size Whole recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 604Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 270mgSodium 1301mgCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 32g
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.