Keto Carbonara

Call them zoodles. Call them zucchini noodles. Whatever moniker you choose, this dish proves they’re more than just an “alternative” to regular pasta – they’re a culinary treat in and of themselves! With all the creamy textures and crispy-bacon crunch of the Italian classic, this quick and satisfying keto recipe hits all the right notes.
Call them zoodles. Call them zucchini noodles. Whatever moniker you choose, this dish proves they’re more than just an “alternative” to regular pasta – they’re a culinary treat in and of themselves! With all the creamy textures and crispy-bacon crunch of the Italian classic, this quick and satisfying keto recipe hits all the right notes.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 23 lb 300 g bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 lbs 900 g zucchini
  • 4 4 egg yolkegg yolks
  • 3 oz. 75 g grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Pour the heavy cream into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and let boil for a few minutes until reduced by a fourth.
  2. Fry panchetta/bacon in butter until crispy. Reserve the fat.
  3. Mix in the mayonnaise into the heavy cream. Salt and pepper to taste, and cook until mayonnaise is warmed through.
  4. Make spirals of the zucchini with a spiralizer. If you don't have a spiralizer you can make thin zucchini strips with a potato peeler.
  5. Add zoodles to the warm cream sauce. Divide between four plates and top with bacon, egg yolks, parsley, and a generous amount of freshly grated parmesan.
  6. Drizzle bacon grease on top and serve immediately.

Tip!

Instead of adding raw zoodles to the warm sauce, you can also microwave the zucchini strands on high for a minute before topping them with sauce. They’ll be warmed through but still have all their fresh crispiness!

14 Comments

  1. carol
    Just made this and it was yummy, another winner.
  2. Kirsten
    I'm confused... what do you do with the yolks at the end?
  3. carol
    I didnt bother with the eggs
  4. Zoe
    I think the raw egg yolks go into the warm dish to cook gently and make the sauce rich and glossy. In fact a classic carbonara wouldn't use any cream at all - only raw egg yolks. I'm going to try the Diet Doctor version though, as it sounds delicious.
  5. Krista
    So is the zucchini raw?
  6. Krista
    Amazing! I didn't use the egg yolks either. I also sautéed the zucchini in the bacon grease instead of drizzling it on top. Yum!
  7. Caroline
    Just made this for lunch. Amazing, didn't use the egg yolk, fried the noodles in the bacon fat, highly recommended.
  8. Rachel
    So good!!!!!!!!!!!! I made mine with turkey strips and mushrooms. I added the zucchini strips at the end and heated them for 2 minutes maybe? They were soft but not mushy. I did use the egg yolk - simply added it to my dish before eating and the egg cooks enough for sure. Delicious!!!!!!
  9. Destiny H
    I wish I could see all nutrition info for this recipe to add in MyFitnessPal.
  10. Pete
    Destiny you can add recipes to MyFitnessPal directly in the app. after you select what meal you are adding to tap recipes at the top, then click create a recipe, then add from the web and you can copy the link directly in to myfitensspal. works great.
  11. Gracey
    Definitely one of my favourite recipes thus far. Very tasty, and I loved the "zoodles".
  12. Andrea
    Sooo yummy! This is possibly my favourite LCHF recipe, and it really hits the spot as far as a creamy pasta substitute goes. Even my husband (who doesn't like vegetables) thought it was fantastic. I put the egg yolks in at the end, as per recipe, and mixed it all up so they just become a part of the sauce. Delicious!
  13. Mark
    Call it whatever you like, but certainly not carbonara... :)
  14. Kelli
    This may be a stupid question, but are the nutritional facts per serving or per recipe? When I did the calculations for each individual item per serving, it didn't match these numbers.

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