Quick Spiralized Squash Carbonara with Pancetta! Delicious spiralized squash noodles, pan fried garlic and pancetta, and a creamy pasta carbonara sauce all tossed together. This low carb veggie pasta dish is super easy to make with a spiralizer. A light pasta carbonara comfort food dish that’s naturally gluten free.
Pssst…. I have a secret. Or rather a confession. I might have totally made this spiralized squash carbonara because I was totally craving a “pasta” to go with that homemade paleo bread (and butter). Not to mention, I am secretly obsessed with my spiralizer and spiralizing ALL THE THINGS! Can you tell? Don’t answer that. Just be glad this spiralized squash carbonara with Pancetta is super easy, low carb, and naturally gluten free. In other words, you can EAT the WHOLE SERVING PLATE full and not get that gluten hang over. Although you might get the squash belly hangover. A belly truly FULL of squash. All those squash lovers out there will get this.
Okay, now for the story. Cause yes, I always have a story, right? Spiralized squash deserves a story and I think you’ll like it. Tom Cruise is involved. Haha, now you’re listening, right?
So when I was first out of college, I roomed with one of my best friends in a small duplex. We would get in these cooking modes and have dinner parties or go all Martha-eque with homemade sauces and jams. Which reminds me, I really need to share the banana butter recipe we made! Gah, so good. Anyway, one of the recipes we got hooked on making was Pasta Carbonara. Yes, this was pre gluten free days. And yes, this carbonara was perfect with our red wine.
We found the recipe in Oprah magazine, way back in 2006. It just happened to be an O Magazine issue with all her favorite celebrity recipes. I think you know where I’m going with this, right? Guess who’s Pasta Carbonara recipe it was? Yup –> Tom Cruise’s. This was pre jumping on the couch and Katie Holmes days, which means he was totally normal to us. Haha! That being said, pasta Carbonara has been one of my FAVORITE family meal/dinner party recipes to make for over 10 YEARS ya’ll! It brings back so many good memories.
Now let’s fast forward those 10 years and combine pasta carbonara with my love for spirlized squash, zucchini, and potatoes. My love for all things bacon or in this case, pancetta. And let’s combine that love with my other love (and way of life) –> GLUTEN FREE RECIPES.
What do you get?
BAM! Carbonara without the carbs!! Veggie packed, protein packed, and OH SO tasty! But let’s not bring Tom Cruise back int he picture. He just might my make this spiralized pasta recipe “mission impossible.” CORNY… PUN… TOTALLY… INTENDED.
Alright folks. I do have one request before I share this quick recipe. You must (pretty please) try this spiralized squash Carbonara with my homemade paleo bread. It will be rock your grain free socks off! It totally tastes like you’re eating a big bowl of REAL pasta with homemade bread. COMFORT FOOD made HEALTHY! Spiralzing yellow squash (or even julienne style) is such a great pasta alternative. It comes out really thick and al dente, just like grain pasta, yet only takes a few seconds to cook.
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Yep, another reason I love this dish; it literally cooks in less than 30 minutes. Just sauté a few ingredients, quick boil the spiralized squash, whisk the egg and parmesan, then toss and go! Kinda like fried rice meets pasta. Haha. Love it! I was also pleasantly surprised at how many serving we got out of just 3 yellow squash. Never underestimate the power of vegetables friends!
Now that I’ve confessed my super dorky food obsession and my super geeky Tom cruise Carbonara Recipe story, tell me…. will you make this recipe mission possible?
Spiralize Squash, tried it? Like it?
Zucchini does not count. haha!
Please excuse the next few posts. I’m still on pain meds = A little loopy. 🙂