Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (Gluten-Free)

Simple dishes bring a smile to my face. Not just because they are easy to make, but sometimes the simplest dishes have the most flavor. Spaghetti carbonara is a perfect example of a simple dish with loads of flavor. A classic Italian dish, this crowd pleaser is normally made with glutenous pasta. To celebrate the flavors of fall, I thought it would be a brilliant idea to use spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, lower in calories and carbohydrates. It is a simple vegetable that is great with tomato sauce, pesto, butter and maple syrup (yes!), and now carbonara style. I don’t know about you, but I can never turn down a dish with bacon, eggs and cheese.

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

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Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • large handful Italian parsley, rough chop
  • 1 egg per person, poached or fried

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place on baking sheet with inside of squash facing up. Drizzle olive oil over squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in oven at 375 for 1 hour, or until squash easily shreds like spaghetti. Once time is completed, shred inside of squash with forks. Place in large bowl.

While squash is baking, brown up slices of bacon in skillet. Remove from heat once crispy and place on paper towel lined plate to absorb fat. Crumble. Keep bacon fat in skillet and saute shallots. Pour teaspoon of vinegar in pan to remove any brown bits. One shallots are translucent, about 6 minutes, add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Pour shallot-garlic mixture over shredded spaghetti squash in bowl. Add in crumbled bacon, parmesan cheese and parsley. Mix to join all ingredients. Adjust seasonings, if needed.

Top spaghetti squash carbonara with a fried egg or poached egg. I used an over-medium fried egg. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Wow, this not only sounds good, it looks divine! Now, off to vote! I don’t live in Austin, but your blog rocks my world!

  2. I could eat spaghetti every single day..7 days of the week..

  3. I’ve never made spaghetti squash, but have been meaning to give it a whirl. I love simple dishes too, and this one looks fabulous. I especially like the fried egg on top — yum.

  4. And now I know what I’m making for dinner… I have a spaghetti squash that needs to be eaten, anyways! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. yumm! that looks so good! The egg really tops it off!

  6. Wow! Looks fantastic!!! I love spaghetti squash, and this is a fun way to eat it!

  7. I was never a fan of food without meat on it but this one I would really love to eat, the flavours on those recipe are simply amazing and matches well together

    Raymund
    http://angsarap.wordpress.com

  8. Looks fantastic. Love the idea of throwing the egg on top.

  9. Genius! I cannot wait to try this with the spaghetti squash from our garden we still have in storage in our cellar.

  10. I was a spaghetti squash virgin till I found this recipe. It is wonderful and have made it twice now. I’m even thinking about growing some spaghetti squash in my garden this year. Thanks again for this wonderful recipe that has inspired me to try a new vegetable.

    Cheers,
    Mrs. Grant

    • Hi Grant, you just completely made my day. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so happy you have found another vegetable to love! I certainly love spaghetti squash! :)

  11. I love spaghetti squash but never thought of making a carbonara! Looks really yummy!

  12. julieAryan says:

    Made this tonight and LOVE! Followed the directions exactly but put the squash into the shallot and garlic pan to keep the SS as warm as possible. Seriously, I’ve tried SS so many ways and this is my ultimate favorite. Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  13. Tried this tonight- not only was it delicious, it was SUPER easy to make. Thanks for the recipe =)

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