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Zoodle Carbonara

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Salting the zucchini before cooking helps remove excess moisture and prevents soggy ‘zoodles’. It's also really important not to overcook them! The easiest way to make zoodles is to use a spiraliser, available at kitchenware stores. Alternatively, you can use a vegetable peeler to cut zucchini into wide long strips, then use a knife to cut into thin ‘zoodles’.

Zoodle Carbonara

A nutritious, low carb alternative to the classic Italian carbonara.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Meal Type Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 People
Dietary Keto


  • 250 g zucchini (cut into zoodles)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tbsp cream
  • 1⁄8 cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 25 g pancetta, diced
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • pinch salt


  • ½ tbsp parsley, flat-leaf, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp parmesan cheese


  • Place zoodles in a large colander, sprinkle with sea salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Rinse zoodles under cold running water. Pat dry with absorbent paper to remove excess moisture.
  • Whisk the egg yolks, cream and parmesan together in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook the pancetta, stirring, for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate and set aside. (Skip this step if you're making a vegetarian version).
  • Heat remaining oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add zoodles and cook, tossing with tongs, for 1–2 minutes or until just tender. Do not overcook. Remove from heat.
  • Return pancetta to the zoodle pan with egg mixture and quickly toss, until egg mixture coats zoodles and forms a glossy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately garnished with parsley and extra parmesan.


Tip: Don't toss out your egg whites! Pop them in a container and freeze them for later use (just remember to note on the container how many egg whites are in there).
Tip: Looking for a veggo option? Just leave out the pancetta.

Nutrition (per serve)

Net Carbs: 4.8gProtein: 11.8gFat: 24.6gFiber: 3.2g
Keyword Carbonara, Comfort food, Cream, Egg, Pasta, Quick, Zoodle, Zucchini
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