Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini Carbonara

I have really been enjoying the courgettes or zucchini so far this year. I was wondering how I could in corporate them into a pasta dish. I was looking in my fridge trying to find some inspiration when I saw some left over bacon. What could be better than a simple zucchini and bacon carbonara sauce? This dish was really amazing. I think the trick was to use the bacon fat to fry the zucchini rather than using oil. I will definitely be adding this recipe to my list of favorites.

Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini Carbonara

  • 4 ounces penne (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 4 slices bacon (sliced)
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  1. Start cooking the penne.
  2. Fry the bacon in a pan.
  3. Cut the zucchini into penne shaped pieces.
  4. Drain most of the fat from the pan but reserve some to cook the zucchini.
  5. Add the zucchini, garlic and pepper and toss to coat in the bacon fat.
  6. Mix the egg and parmigiano reggiano in a bowl.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta reserving some of the water.
  8. Add the pasta to the pan and toss.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and wait for the sizzling to stop.
  10. Add the egg mixture and toss to coat.
  11. Add a bit of the pasta water and toss to mix and coat.


Valli said...

Another great addition to Presto Pasta Nights, Kevin. I can't wait for an overabundance of zucchini!!! By the way I grew up in Ontario in Cambridge an 1-1/2 from TO. I also lived 8 years in Oshawa before moving out west again.

marye said...

the penne and zucchini look great like that! Nice job! I plan on trying it soon.

katiez said...

One can hardly go wrong with bacon and heavy cream! The zucchini is just there to round it out and add color ;-)

Ruth Daniels said...

Kevin, as usual - a great PPN addition. Thanks so much for being a great contributor to the fun.

Janet said...

That looks incredible. I love bacon. I was watching a cooking show the other night (can't remember which) and the host actually kept a jar of solidified bacon drippings in his fridge to cook with. He just scooped some out and added it to the frying pan to flavour things. I thought what a dangerous idea!

The Mommy Chef said...

This looks so good! I have plenty of zucchini in the garden so I am definitely saving this one.Thanks!

Peter M said...

summer squash w/ zucchini looks good but i've not found any sumer squash yet.

Wendy said...

Wonderful. Another zucchini recipe for the file. I have a huge amount of them at the moment! My partner loves carbonara. This will make him very happy!

DeborahSW said...

Bless you for being the type of cook who will look at a pile of veggies and think, "That needs bacon!" :)~

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love carbonara and I love zucchini - this dish is wonderful!

Katerina said...

Looks good I am also a big zucchini fan, and I like the idea of just putting them in everything.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh-my-gosh...i made this for a recent v-day party...but minus the pasta...i loveee zucchini carbonara ^_^ sharing it with you :)


Paola said...

Hi Kevin,

I visited your city the first part of this week. It is as beautiful as I remembered it from 30 yrs ago.

Also, I just tried this recipe. Made it for lunch and my husband and I loved it. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I love this idea, I actually have a ton of zucchini on hand and some bacon right now. Perfect!

Sandra said...

Exquisite!!! My husband and I loved this dish. I made for dinner last night. It was excellent and so easy to prepare!

Anonymous said...

omg i just got done eating this an it was great!! the parsley really adds alot of flavor and i was surprised about the fact that you didnt need that much cream....even though i added just a lil more.. great dish !

Mommy Meredith said...

Loved it and it was so easy to make.

Anonymous said...

I am going to use this and serve over spaghetti squash ---I'm going shopping today!

linda said...

How many will this recipe serve, 2 maybe 1?

Kevin Lynch said...

linda: This recipe makes 2 servings. Enjoy!

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