Zucchini Pasta Carbonara

March 29, 2018

Zucchini Pasta Carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara is a classic pasta dish that the whole family loves and that takes as long to make as it does to cook the pasta. The ingredients are simple: Pasta, bacon, egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. A silky sauce is created when the beaten yolks are tossed with the hot pasta and a little fat from the bacon. Luscious and wonderfully indulgent, pasta carbonara is as good as it gets.


In this version I’ve replaced bacon with sautéed zucchini. A vegetarian version which is just as easy and as tasty, but definitely lighter.
Because if regular carbonara is an indulgent and I-want-to-splurge recipe, this Zucchini Pasta Carbonara is almost a make-it-everyday recipe.
And just like regular carbonara, this vegetarian version will make your eyes roll back in your head with pleasure.

Zucchini Pasta Carbonara

The trick to making a successful carbonara is to stir the egg mixture quickly into the pasta which should be hot enough to “cook” the egg to make a sauce but not so hot as to make it curdle.
Sautéed zucchini are a healthy (and delicious) sub for bacon.
This Zucchini Pasta Carbonara is a healthy twist on a traditional dish: rich without being heavy.
A quick and easy recipe to whip up in the middle of the week. You can have it on the table in only 15 minutes, making it a perfect dish for those busy nights.

Zucchini Pasta Carbonara

Zucchini Pasta Carbonara                                                                                                                      Print this recipe!

Serves 5

12 oz / 340 gr pasta (I used Garofalo gluten-free spaghetti)
3 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 egg yolks
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese for serving


Halve and the quarter zucchini lengthwise and then chop them into about ½-inch pieces.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, salt, and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Place egg yolks and grated pecorino romano cheese in a bowl and mix well with whisk to combine. Add lukewarm zucchini, give a good stir and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions until al dente (i.e., firm to the bite), reserving ½ cup of the pasta water before draining.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it and immediately toss the pasta in the bowl with the zucchini/egg mixture. Add a ladleful of the reserved cooking water and stir together quickly. No more cooking, otherwise you’ll scramble the eggs.
Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 383 calories, 13 grams of fat, 54 grams of carbs, and 14 grams of protein.


  1. Mike! Im such a fan! Can I make a request for a recipe with canned salmon or even sardines? Something quick and delicious like your tuna recipe. Thank you so much

  2. In the description, you have grated pecorino romano cheese, but it's not listed in the ingredients. Is the 1 cup Parmesan actually pecorino romano cheese?

    Thanks in advance!

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