Zoodles Carbonara

Love pasta but hate the calories? Zoodles to the rescue! Make zucchini into spaghetti-style noodles then toss with this low-fat delicious cream sauce for a delicious Zoodles Carbonara dinner.

Zoodles Carbonara | 2 Cookin Mamas Love pasta but hate the calories? Zoodles to the rescue! Make zucchini into spaghetti-style noodles then toss with this low-fat delicious cream sauce for a delicious Zoodles Carbonara dinner. #zucchini #healthydinner #bacon

I’m a pasta lover for sure but I know too much pasta is not good for all of us watching our weight and our health. So I have become a convert to zucchini noodles or, as it is now more commonly known by, zoodles. Love that name! They really are good with just about any sauce you would normally put on pasta but this carbonara sauce is out of this world. In fact, you can put this carbonara sauce on just about anything and it would be divine!

Zoodles Carbonara plated | 2 Cookin Mamas

Zoodles Carbonara can be served “as is”, for your once a week meatless meal, or you can add chicken to the sauce like I did. Chicken is one of the higher protein, lower fat meats and makes this an excellent choice for a healthy, low cal dinner. Don’t want to add chicken right to the sauce? OK, it could just as easily be drizzled over the top of pan-sauteed chicken breasts and it would be just as delicious.

 

ZOODLES CARBONARA
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Love pasta but hate the calories? Zoodles to the rescue! Make zucchini into spaghetti-style noodles then toss with this low-fat delicious cream sauce for a delicious Zoodles Carbonara dinner.

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 2 large organic zucchini
  • 5 slices nitrate-free bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup non-fat half & half
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked & cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Directions
  1. Wash zucchini well. Slice into thin spaghetti like strips with either a mandolin or a spiralizer. 
  2. Place in colander and sprinkle well with salt. Don't worry, the salt will be washed off prior to cooking. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to somewhat dry out the zucchini. 

  3. After sitting, rinse well, then squeeze out as much moisture as possible while still keeping zoodles intact. Set aside until ready to use.

  4. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside. 
  5. Add onion and garlic to bacon fat and cook until onion is browned, just 2-3 minutes. 

  6. Slowly add in half & half and cheese and stir until well incorporated. Season to taste. 

  7. Add chicken, thawed peas and zoodles and stir until just heated through, about 3-5 minutes.

  8. Serve with a tossed salad for a healthy and hearty meal.

 

 

Health Tip Check out the benefits below of incorporating zucchini into your diet.

Zucchini Nutritional Facts

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    05/24/2015 at 5:20 pm

    Zoodles have been on by Zudo list for some time now, thanks for inspiring me to get my green and healthy on with this fresh alternative to carbs and pasta!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/24/2015 at 9:09 pm

      I love zoodles! They are easy to fix and can be used in so many dishes. Hope you get a chance to get your green & healthy on soon! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sam - SugarSpunRun
    05/27/2015 at 10:56 am

    Zoodles!? Sounds delicious, I’ve made them before but never knew the name! Love this carbonara idea!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/27/2015 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Sam! I love the name – so catchy! I think zoodles will go with just about anything you can think of, even just an easy mix of olive oil, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. What’s your favorite way to fix it?

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