Healthier veggie carbonara served in 3 bowls

Healthier veggie carbonara

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Enjoy this healthier veggie carbonara with mushrooms and courgettes for an easy family meal. It takes just 30 minutes, so is ideal on busy weeknights

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre8g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium courgettes (use a mix of yellow and green if you can get them)
    Courgette

    Courgette

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  • 300g spaghetti
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 160g vegetarian parmesan-style cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small bunch fresh lemon thyme or thyme, leaves picked
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

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    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil. Halve the courgettes lengthways and scoop out and discard the core, then slice the courgettes at an angle into small diagonal pieces. Put the spaghetti in the pan of boiling water and cook following pack instructions.

  2. To make the creamy carbonara sauce, put the egg yolks in a bowl, add half of the grated cheese, and mix with a fork. Add up to 3 tbsp water to make the sauce less thick. Season and set aside.

  3. Heat a large frying pan on a medium to high heat and pour in a little olive oil. Fry the courgette slices and thyme leaves with a good grinding of black pepper for a minute or two until the courgette starts to soften, then add the mushrooms. Fry for 2-3 mins until golden and slightly softened. For the last minute of the cooking, add the garlic.

  4. Working quickly, drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Toss the pasta in the pan with the courgettes and mushrooms, then remove from the heat and add a ladleful of the reserved cooking water and the egg and cheese sauce. Add the fresh parsley, if using, and the lemon zest and juice, then sprinkle over most of the remaining cheese. Stir everything together quickly to coat the pasta. The egg will cook if the pasta is still hot. If you’re worried about it, put back on the heat for 1 min.

  5. Pour in a little more of the cooking water, if needed. You should have a silky and shiny sauce. Season to taste, then sprinkle with a little more cheese to serve. Eat straight away, as the sauce can become thick and stodgy if left for too long.

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Frantic Flapjack
29th Jul, 2019
3.05
The sauce was good but the vegetables weren't anything special. Working hard to eat the courgette glut but won't be making this again.
039electra
17th May, 2018
5.05
Delicious recipe! I added half a purple onion, frying it as the first step which added a bit more flavour. Had no chestnut mushrooms so just used button mushrooms, which were still tasty. I also think the recipe would benefit from a hint of chilli. I added baby frozen peas to boost the vegetable content and only used one egg yolk and it was still a great dish!
catie74
19th Feb, 2018
Not bad and will be good for the inevitable glut we get every year from our veg patch. I've made this a couple of times, as is written here and once with the addition of bacon which obviously won't appeal to vegetarians but was nice
Black_Rose
1st Feb, 2018
5.05
Amazing result from this recipe first time round, so easy. Even used the left overs for lunch the next day and still just as good.
Alinar2
30th Jan, 2018
5.05
Excellent
Zoe ML
18th Jul, 2019
It is not obvious or detailed out in the recipe what you do with the garlic. On the ingredients list it seems that they remain whole - in a traditional carbonara you use the garlics to flavour the dish but scoop them out at the last minute, before combining whats been fried / boiled and mixed together. Needs refining to be more clear please!
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goodfoodteam
22nd Jul, 2019
Thanks for pointing this out Zoe. The garlic should be crushed and we have amended the recipe accordingly.
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