Keto carbonara with zoodles

Keto carbonara with zoodles

Zucchini noodles or zoodles are more than just an “alternative” to regular pasta – they’re a culinary treat! With all the creamy textures and crispy-bacon crunch of the Italian classic, this quick and satisfying keto recipe hits all the right notes.

Keto carbonara with zoodles

Zucchini noodles or zoodles are more than just an “alternative” to regular pasta – they’re a culinary treat! 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

  • 1 cup 240 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • 11 oz. 300 g bacon or pancetta, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1¾ lbs 800 g zucchini, zoodles
  • 4 4 egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1 cup (2¾ oz.) 240 ml (80 g) shredded Parmesan cheese, save some for serving
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Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

Zoodles

  1. Use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles (zoodles). If you don’t have a spiralizer, a potato peeler can be used instead to create slightly wider zoodles.
  2. Bacon

  3. In a large frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add bacon and fry until crispy.
  4. Set aside the bacon in the pan, including the fat, and allow it to cool.
  5. Sauce

  6. Pour heavy cream into a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Reduce the heat and continue to gently boil until the cream has reduced down by approximately one quarter.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the cream to reduce in temperature, stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.
  8. In a separate bowl (while the cream is reducing), combine the egg yolks, cooked diced bacon including the fat, and parmesan cheese.
  9. Add the egg-bacon-parmesan cheese mixture to the just warm sauce, stirring continuously to ensure the egg mixture does not scramble. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat to gently warm the sauce. Add the zoodles to the saucepan and warm through (1-2 minutes).

To serve

Divide the carbonara up into portions and plates. Top with a generous amount of freshly grated parmesan.

Recommended special equipment

  • Spiralizer

Vegetarian keto carbonara

You can easily turn this recipe into a vegetarian keto dish! You can just skip the bacon and instead you can add some olive oil to your keto carbonara after combining the zoodles with the parmesan mixture.

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52 comments

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  2. Miranda
    This recipe (updated version) was great, I did drain my zoodles for an hour and squeeze out any excess water which made it creamy and rich. I will definitely be making it again!
    Reply: #53
  3. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This recipe (updated version) was great, I did drain my zoodles for an hour and squeeze out any excess water which made it creamy and rich. I will definitely be making it again!

    Great! So glad to hear that!

  4. Sam
    Too watery for my likely. Got the sauce consistency perfect, then the water from the courgettes just drowned the flavour and doubled the liquid content
    Reply: #55
  5. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Too watery for my likely. Got the sauce consistency perfect, then the water from the courgettes just drowned the flavour and doubled the liquid content

    You may sautee the courgettes for a couple of minutes on their own before adding to sauce to cook off some of the moisture.

  6. Collkabob
    I’m new to the keto diet and I made this tonight for dinner. I wasn’t impressed. Probably will not make this again. I’m not a big bacon person. And it’s hard to wrap my head around all the fat from the butter and bacon fat. I might try adding chicken instead of the bacon. I’m diabetic so watching my carb intake but now if I eat like this I have to be concerned that my heart will explode from all the fat.
    Reply: #57
  7. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I’m new to the keto diet and I made this tonight for dinner. I wasn’t impressed. Probably will not make this again. I’m not a big bacon person. And it’s hard to wrap my head around all the fat from the butter and bacon fat. I might try adding chicken instead of the bacon. I’m diabetic so watching my carb intake but now if I eat like this I have to be concerned that my heart will explode from all the fat.

    You can certainly reduce the fat in the recipes if needed, but there's no need to fear fat. Here are a few articles that may be helpful for you!
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/saturated-fat
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/fat
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/expert-panel-agrees-limits-to-saturated-fa...
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/saturated-fat-goes-mainstream
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-study-high-fat-food-is-good-for-diabetics

  8. Melody
    I was out of parmesan, so used cheddar and yum - bacon and cheddar what's not to love
    Reply: #59
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I was out of parmesan, so used cheddar and yum - bacon and cheddar what's not to love

    Way to use what you have, Melody!! So glad you loved it!

  10. Michael Cullen
    Why does the headline say 7g of carbs but the video says 9g? Which one is right?
    Reply: #61
  11. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Why does the headline say 7g of carbs but the video says 9g? Which one is right?

    Hi, Michael! Always go with the information on the website, as it's most up to date. You can see that this recipe was recently updated on January 3, 2021, so the carb count may have changed.

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