Recipe: Low-Carb Courgette Carbonara

Carbonara is my idea of the perfect dish. I adore pasta, creamy sauces, bacon and cheese, so this really is perfection. My normal recipe is simple, I never use cream, and combine it all in the bacon pan. It’s so, so, so good (I follow in Nigella’s foot steps – I will always keep ingredients for carbonara in the house!), but its not the best thing to eat too often.

 photo 2015-03-17 20.46.06_zps9fbj5ezf.jpgBeing on my recent health kick means that carbonara is firmly off the menu (sob), though I did indulge in one for Valentine’s complete with homemade pasta. Pasta can make me feel quite sluggish, and I was eating a lot of it (at least three nights a week), so I’ve knocked that out of my diet pretty much completely. But the carbonara craving was beginning to get on top of me, so before I broke down and completely undid all my hard work I came up with this low-carb version. Tickng too boxes – satisfying my craving, and creating a recipe for British Lion Eggs. Perhaps a bit more work than my go-to recipe, this feels a lot more virtuous and I can still wear high-waist jeans for dinner without unbuttoning them. This Courgette Carbonara is by no-means healthy, but it’s certainly healthier.

 photo 2015-03-17 20.29.34_zps1uqwmr7p.jpgFor my Courgette Carbonara you’ll need per person:

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 egg – here’s some more delicious egg recipes I can’t wait to try!
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan (I like it strongly cheesed up – reduce if you want!)
  • 1 rash of bacon

 photo 2015-03-17 20.30.15_zpsz8ihkjm1.jpgChop the bacon and fry in a little butter into crisp. Meanwhile prepare the courgette – use a spiraliser or julienne peeler (the cheaper option, but sharp and dangerous!) to cut thin spaghetti-like strips. Sprinkle over a little salt and sandwich between two paper towels to soak up moisture.

 photo 2015-03-17 20.30.07_zpsw2ag659a.jpgFor the sauce, beat the egg, stir in the cheese, and season with plenty of black pepper.

 photo 2015-03-17 20.43.34_zps4brspq5j.jpgAdd the courgette to the bacon, toss to combine and heat the courgette through. Turn off the heat and add the egg mixture a little at a time, stopping if it scrambles to let the pan cool down. Toss everything together until the sauce is thick and glossy, the cheese full melted. Put the pan on a low heat if necessary.

 photo 2015-03-17 20.45.54_zpsnykmcwu1.jpgThere you have it – Low Carb Courgette Carbonara. A delicious sauce without the carb-induced guilt, and it’s quick and mess-free. It’s become a weekday staple for me.

Have you made any of your favourite dishes healthier? What’s your go-to weekday dinner?