Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

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Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

10-11 mins

Free Time

to learn how to cut a spaghetti squash

Craving a new twist on pasta night? Check out this low-carb recipe for Spaghetti Squash Carbonara with bacon and parmesan, made in the microwave! We're swapping out traditional pasta for spaghetti squash, keeping it low-carb and gluten-free. Our trick for this recipe? Cut the squash in half lengthwise. You’ll get longer, more spaghetti-like strands. Feel free to ditch the bacon, but it does add an extra depth of flavor.

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Dish

The Large Deep Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 strips thick-cut bacon
  • ½ (about 8 oz) small spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Place the bacon in a Shallow dish, and cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, or until crispy. Reserve the fat and chop the bacon.
  2. In a Deep dish, place one-half of the spaghetti squash (cut side up). Season the squash with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until it shreds easily.
  3. In the cavity of the spaghetti squash, add some of the rendered bacon fat, the whole egg, and parmesan cheese. Use a fork to mix everything together, shredding the squash with the egg mixture until fully combined and creamy. Don’t worry! The leftover heat from the squash will “cook” the egg.
  4. Serve sprinkled with chopped bacon and some extra parmesan.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add some thyme leaves and garlic powder for extra flavor.
  • Try it with caramelized onions for a meat-free alternative.
  • Add some fresh or store-bought pesto for an aromatic dish.

Recipe notes

  • Make sure to cut the squash across width-wise, so that the noodle-like texture is preserved.
  • To make the squash easier to cut, pop the entire squash into the microwave and par-cook for 2 minutes. This should allow your knife to slice through the squash very easily.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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