Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

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Pasta Carbonara has been one of those recipes that I have been thinking about trying to lighten up forever, but have always been a bit gun shy. Between the raw egg, cheese, cream, and incredibly velvety texture of a true Carbonara, I wasn’t sure if it was one of those dishes that just shouldn’t be messed with. However my competitive nature got the best of me so I started testing recipes and fell in love with this one from Cooking Light. I decided to use spaghetti squash in place of traditional pasta because I love the taste of spaghetti squash with Parmesan cheese and pepper, but regular pasta would work as well. I also went the traditional route and used pancetta, but you could easily substitute in bacon. Happy eating.
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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

TOTAL TIME: 1 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 4 cups spaghetti squash
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup chopped pancetta
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth, warmed
  • 1 large egg

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Cook the spaghetti squash using your preferred method. To quickly cook the squash, pierce it all over with a knife as if you were cooking a potato. Then place on a microwave safe plate for ten minutes. Feel it to see if you can squeeze it easily. If not, continue to cook in 30 second increments until it is very tender. Let cool and then cut in half and shred the spaghetti squash. Set aside. You can also roast it.


Bring a medium skillet to medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the Pancetta and cook for about 3 minutes or until just browned. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for another 3-4 minutes until lightly browned.


Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together the milk, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper.


Add the spaghetti squash to the skillet. Pour over the cheese and milk mixture and toss to coat everything.


In a small bowl gently whisk the egg and warmed chicken broth. Gently add the egg to the skillet and stir constantly. Cook for 4 more minutes until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247
Calories from Fat 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.4g
Saturated Fat 4.6g
Monounsaturated Fat g
Polyunsaturated Fat g
Cholesterol 1176mg
Sodium 1787mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.8g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4.1g
Protein 16.1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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