Spaghetti squash carbonara

Chef: Domini Kemp
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Spaghetti squash carbonara
A healthy twist on the Italian classic

600g spaghetti squash
4 tbsp butter or ghee
200g Chinese cabbage, cored and shredded
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper
2 egg whites
90g grated unpasteurized Parmesan cheese
300g streaky bacon rashers, cut into small lardons
4 egg yolks
4 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Brush the inside with 2 tbsp of the melted butter or ghee and place cut side up in a baking dish. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until soft.

In the meantime, melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter or ghee in a frying pan and gently fry the cabbage and garlic. Season with the turmeric, cumin and some salt and pepper, then remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl.

Whisk together the egg whites and Parmesan cheese and set aside.

Heat a frying pan and cook the bacon over a medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon when done, but leave the bacon fat in the pan.

Once the spaghetti squash has cooled down, use a fork to scrape out the squash strands from the skin. Add the squash to the pan with the bacon fat along with the fried cabbage and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour in the egg white and Parmesan mixture and the bacon, stirring constantly.

Divide the spaghetti/cabbage mix into four bowls and place an egg yolk on top of each bowl, finishing by garnishing with chives. If you prefer having a well-cooked egg yolk, then add it at the same time as you stir in the egg white and Parmesan mix. It does give it in at the very end. 


Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
50 minutes

Main ingredients
Eggs, Pasta & Noodles, Pork, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Healthy, Lunch Box, One Pot

Special Info
Gluten free

Level of Difficulty

Spaghetti squash have a relatively short season. Spiralised courgettes work just as well here.

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