Butternut Squash Carbonara with Broccoli

Butternut Squash Carbonara with Broccoli

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell.com, October 2017

You've never had carbonara quite like this! Loaded with veggies, this spiralized veggie noodle recipe is a healthy copycat of a traditional carbonara recipe. Butternut squash gets spiralized into long, tender noodles for a lower-carb version of this creamy, cheesy pasta dish. Look for a squash with a large, straight neck to make the longest veggie noodles.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 (3 pound) butternut squash, peeled
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth


  • Prep

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  1. Position oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400°F.
  2. Cut the neck of the squash from the bulb. Using the large noodle blade of a spiral vegetable slicer (or a julienne or regular vegetable peeler), spiralize (or cut) the squash neck into long strands. You should have about 10 cups of "noodles." (Reserve the bulb for another use.)
  3. Combine the spiralized squash, broccoli, oil, ¼ teaspoon pepper and salt in a large bowl. Divide the mixture between 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Roast until just tender, 12 to 14 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and ½ cup cheese in a medium bowl.
  5. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove the pan from the heat; add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons of the broth to the egg mixture, whisking constantly until smooth. Add the egg mixture to the pan; cook over low heat, stirring, until thick and creamy, about 45 seconds. Add the roasted vegetables and gently toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Serve topped with crumbled bacon and the remaining ¼ cup cheese.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups each
  • Per serving: 296 calories; 17 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 84 mcg folate; 113 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 19,416 IU vitamin A; 69 mg vitamin C; 306 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 594 mg sodium; 831 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (388% daily value), Vitamin C (115% dv), Calcium (31% dv), Folate (21% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ fat, 1 high-fat protein, 1 starch, ½ medium-fat protein, ½ vegetable

Reviews 9

November 12, 2018
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By: Annie
Delicious! We will definitely make it again.
August 09, 2018
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By: Sandy Muzquiz
A great recipe that I will definitely make again! I didn't have enough butternut squash, so I added some whole wheat spaghetti. It was delicious!
August 07, 2018
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By: Teresa Thrower Crooks
This recipe is delicious. I didn't have any fresh butternut squash so I used the frozen butternut squash noodles was still really good. My husband has asked for it again and we just had it last week. Can't wait to try it with fresh squash.
March 22, 2018
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By: Kevin Fink
Fantastic!!! Made my neighbor try some and before long the pan was picked clean!
March 21, 2018
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By: cassiopea
This recipe is delicious. Baking the butternut in the oven gives it perfect texture and the sauce is scrumptious!
January 08, 2018
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By: Shelley Watkins Hill
This recipe was so easy to make and my husband and I both loved it. I did add peppers with broccoli and may next time also add cauliflower too otherwise made recipe as is. Will definitely make it again.
November 29, 2017
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By: rlocati1
Incredible, I think butternut squash noodle are so much better then a noodle any day. I had Brussel sprouts on hand and substituted that for broccoli. I added fresh chopped parsley and thyme to the finished dish. I also substituted laughing cow Asiago lite wedges for the Parmesan , I used two wedges only, Had fresh Parmesan for others to add on their own. Found al fresco chicken bacon only 15 calories each and used that with extra for others. Can't wait to have it again. Nice that it is fairly quick even counting getting the butternut ready.
October 27, 2017
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By: Penelope Wall
You don't even miss the pasta because the squash is so filling and satisfying. Definitely look for a squash with a big neck, because that's the part you spiralize (not the bulb). The first time I tried spiralizing butternut, the neck was so small and I barely got any noodles out of it.
October 27, 2017
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By: Michelle Edelbaum, Digital Dir
I love the salty, cheesy flavors in this veggie-heavy take on carbonara. I've even served it with some regular pasta mixed in for the ultimate in comfort food.
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