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Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

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Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I’ve got something to admit guys. I’m a pasta fiend. If left to my own devices, I would devour all kinds of pasta (orecchiette, spaghetti, linguine, penne…the list never ends…) without abandon. When you’re a carb lover, it can be hard to control your cravings, right?

Well, if you’re a pasta addict like me, then this Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara is the perfect solution to your carb-induced problems. Spaghetti squash is super easy to roast in the oven, and has the same texture as spaghetti or a delicate angel hair pasta – and it’s a vegetable!

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara          Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

The best part of this meal is that the carbonara sauce is easily made vegetarian – just omit the turkey bacon! The sauce isn’t traditional carbonara, but more of a mix between a healthier alfredo sauce and a smoky carbonara. You only need a tiny bit of cream and butter to mix with the light flavour of the spaghetti squash. I mean, don’t be afraid to go a bit heavy on the cheese though 😉

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I also love this Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara because it is a great freezer meal – make them ahead of time and pull them out of the freezer, defrost in the microwave for a minute or two and then heat up in the oven for dinner after a long day!

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara          Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I’m obsessed with all things stuffed veggies. It’s a great way to get a full serving of vegetables and enjoy great sauces, lean proteins, delicious cheeses and whole grains, and an easy way to cook for yourself as a single person without too many leftovers. You get to choose how much you cook, how many servings…and like I said, stuffed squash and mushrooms make great freezer meals!

Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Will you be trying this Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara recipe? I’d love to see what kind of toppings you use in your spaghetti squash – let me know and tag me on Instagram or Twitter!

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This Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara is made with turkey bacon, peppers and mushrooms with a delicious cream sauce for an easy weeknight dinner!
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Carbonara sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Carbonara sauce
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half. If they are too hard, you can microwave them whole for 1-2 minutes to soften them until they are easier to cut.
  3. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place spaghetti squash face down after covering them in a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan on med-high heat. Cook turkey bacon for 4-5 minutes until slightly crispy. Remove from heat.
  5. Without wiping pan clean, add butter and melt. Add onion and garlic, sautéing for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes until liquid has released. Add red and green peppers and salt and pepper and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add cream, milk and parmesan cheese, cooking and stirring often for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.
  7. Remove spaghetti squash from the oven and when cool, scrape out with a fork. Add to the sauce mixture and toss.
  8. Put spaghetti squash carbonara back in squash shells and serve!

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    February 29, 2016 at 21:33

    I love serving this warm and hearty dish in the squash, and also like the healthy options. Looks wonderful!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 10:54

      Thanks Kelly! I’m obsessed with spaghetti squash!

  • Reply
    Kim
    March 1, 2016 at 15:35

    Great idea! Carbonara is definitely not diet friendly, this sounds like a great alternative

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 10:56

      Thank you Kim! 🙂

  • Reply
    Brittney Long
    March 1, 2016 at 15:38

    Looks absolutely delish!! I can’t wait to try! I love a good spaghetti squash.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 10:56

      Thanks so much Brittney! I always struggle with how to serve spaghetti squash but this dish is simple and easy!

  • Reply
    Jen | A Sip of Bliss
    March 1, 2016 at 16:52

    I love making spaghetti squash carbonara. Your version looks delish! And your photos are beautiful 🙂

    -Jen
    http://www.asipofbliss.com

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 10:57

      Thank you Jen! That really means alot!

  • Reply
    Malena
    March 1, 2016 at 17:38

    Yum! And such pretty pictures!

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    Erin @ Platings and Pairings
    March 2, 2016 at 12:51

    This looks delicious Taylor – I love that you added more veggies to the traditional carbonara!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 3, 2016 at 09:16

      Thank you Erin! I’m obsessed with veggies haha

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      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 10:59

      Thanks Erin! I need lots of veggies in every meal, I think produce is the highlight of any recipe 😉

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    Kirsti
    March 7, 2016 at 09:45

    This was so delicious Taylor! I have the leftovers for lunch today and it is totally making my Monday 🙂

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      March 15, 2016 at 11:01

      Aww thanks for making it Kristi – so glad it turned out well for you 🙂 This made my day!

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