Do you ever crave rich creamy spaghetti pasta carbonara but don’t want to deal with hitting the gym for hours to burn off those calories? The best alternative for this sinful Italian dish is Spaghetti Squash Carbonara.

Just one cup of traditional pasta with carbonara sauce is almost 400 calories. It’s not terrible but if you’re watching total carb intake for the day the ratio of portion size to calories/grams is high. Or if you’re trying to avoid grains and dairy why be deprived??

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has the decadence of pasta carbonara deconstructed and made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free for special diets.

I’ve been making this Paleo friendly recipe at least three years adapting a Spaghetti Squash Carbonara recipe from PaleOMG. Both are delish but over time I’ve made a few alterations to modify flavors or calories.

Three Diets One Dinner uses four eggs to create the richness of the carbonara sauce and PaleOMG incorporates coconut milk and Delicata squash (which is not always readily available at the market).

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has the decadence of pasta carbonara deconstructed and made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free for special diets.

Because I pay a little more for Vital Farms eggs, I’m kinda stingy so using full fat coconut milk allows me to cut back to two eggs. If I’m being truly Paleo I leave out the cheese but usually add it for the hubs. Go for it if you don’t have a problem with dairy.

I gotta tell you this is by far my favorite Paleo pasta recipe. Even when I serve this to friends and family they kinda go crazy.

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has the decadence of pasta carbonara deconstructed and made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free for special diets.

And don’t let people tell ya they don’t like coconuts or coconut milk (this is my favorite brand here). My husband says this every time I beg him to replace dairy in his coffee, but real cream hasn’t passed his lips in almost four years when it comes in the form of a meal prepared from our kitchen.

In other news I just celebrated my birthday recently and bought myself a new pair of Maui Jim Venus Pool sunglasses. I couldn’t help myself since we were headed to Mexico for spring break. My family officially thinks I’m a sunglass hoarder.

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has the decadence of pasta carbonara deconstructed and made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free for special diets.

So what if I bought this pair too!

I know, I know but everyone needs different styles of sunglasses depending on the outfit – am I right? I can’t wear anything but polarized lenses and not sure how anyone else can either. Maui Jim’s are so worth the investment!

If you managed to travel for spring break I hope you went somewhere warm and sunny. We spent six nights at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya. It was a much needed vacation, far away from this gloomy weather but I was happy to get back to my own bed.

Hope you are having a great week and be sure to let me know if you tried this yummy Spaghetti Squash Carbonara recipe. I promise it is to die for!!

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara has the decadence of pasta carbonara deconstructed and made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free for special diets.

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
Spaghetti Squash Carbonara Recipe Type : Side Dish Cuisine: Italian Author: Alison
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1 larger delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed (optional)
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 4-6 slices nitrate free bacon
  • ¼ - ½ large onion (or a whole small onion), diced very small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ c dry white wine (or chicken stock)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • parsley, for garnish
  • ½ -1 lb chicken tenders (optional)
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk (more if needed)
  • 1 cup pecorino romano, shredded (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven 435 degrees
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds and excess threads
  3. Place squash open side down on lined baking sheet using parchment paper, cook for 20-25 minutes.
  4. While squash is cooking, fry bacon in large cast iron skillet until crispy.
  5. If adding chicken, this can be done in the oven at the same time as the squash! Place chicken on parchment paper lined baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, bake 15-20 minutes.
  6. Reserve a few tablespoons of bacon fat in skillet. Add onion and garlic, cooking over medium until soft.
  7. Pour in wine (or chicken broth) and bring to a simmer, cook until liquid reduces by half (about 20 minutes).
  8. Add lemon juice, stirring until combined well.
  9. Once squash is done cooking, remove from oven and scrape flesh into the skillet, mixing with the liquid.
  10. Add eggs and stir well. Allow eggs to cook for a few minutes on low then add coconut milk and cheese.
  11. Add additional seasonings, mix thoroughly and turn stove to simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  12. Dice cooked chicken and add to spaghetti squash if desired.
  13. Serve your plate. Add bacon.
  14. Enjoy!


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27 Comments on Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

  1. Kristina
    April 11, 2017 at 9:36 am (8 months ago)

    This looks yummy and healthy! I love bacon and it tastes great in just about anything! Going to give this recipe a try with the hubby.

  2. Kiley Smith
    April 11, 2017 at 11:34 am (8 months ago)

    I adore spaghetti squash and am always looking for new ways to make it. This recipe looks amazing! Thank you!

  3. robin rue
    April 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm (8 months ago)

    Spaghetti squash is awesome. I just recently started eating it and I am totally obsessed with it over here.

  4. Angela Tolsma
    April 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm (8 months ago)

    I have always wanted to try recipes like this! Unfortunately I am allergic to all things squash! So noodles it is for me.

  5. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    April 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh no! Had no idea squash could have allergies. Stick with pasta for sure!

  6. Jeanine
    April 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks healthy and filling. I’m sure the bacon adds some great flavor to the dish to bring it all together.

  7. Kim
    April 12, 2017 at 7:19 am (8 months ago)

    Spaghetti squash is my go to luxury diet food. It never feels like I am eating cardboard and tastes decadent.

  8. Seattle Travel Blogger
    April 12, 2017 at 8:41 am (8 months ago)

    This looks like a great replacement dish for pasta dishes.
    What a healthy-looking meal!

  9. Reesa Lewandowski
    April 12, 2017 at 8:49 am (8 months ago)

    I do not cook spaghetti squash nearly enough. It’s so delicious, so i don’t know why! This looks so great!

  10. Amanda Love
    April 12, 2017 at 9:28 am (8 months ago)

    It’s definitely better to find alternatives to our usual favorites. I’ve never tried to make that classic carbonara using spaghetti squash before. I sure would love to.

  11. Dawn McAlexander
    April 12, 2017 at 10:20 am (8 months ago)

    That looks really good! I think this would be a great alternative to eggs in the morning. I will have to try this out.

  12. Cindy Ingalls
    April 12, 2017 at 10:26 am (8 months ago)

    Using spaghetti squash in a carbonara recipe is ingenious. I’ve tried a few spaghetti squash recipes and have been looking for something new.

  13. Blythe Alpern
    April 12, 2017 at 10:29 am (8 months ago)

    I love spaghetti squash in place of pasta. I’ve often added ground turkey to my recipes since I find the squash isn’t as filling so I live the idea of adding a protein to this recipe as well.

  14. Sue Vaughan
    April 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm (8 months ago)

    Great info Alison! Whole Foods carries acorn bacon (pigs that feasted on acorns during their time) and I think this would be a delicious recipe to use it in!

  15. anvita
    April 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm (8 months ago)

    I love to cook squash. Luckily everybody in our family is a squash lover. I make vegetarian recipes but this is good for any meat eater

  16. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    April 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm (8 months ago)

    What?? Never heard of that what brand is it?

  17. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    April 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh love the idea of ground turkey for this too!

  18. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    April 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm (8 months ago)

    That’s a great idea! May have to work that into the breakfast rotation.

  19. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    April 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm (8 months ago)

    Such an underserved veggie and can be very bland. This is one way my husband loves so much.

  20. Aish Das-Padihari
    April 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm (8 months ago)

    Honestly, I haven’t prepared anything with spaghetti squash yet though always wanted to just never got to it. Will try soon.

  21. Sarah
    April 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm (8 months ago)

    I have been wanting to try spaghetti squash. I bet the bacon makes it just a little bit more yummy. 😉

  22. Heather
    April 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks wonderful. My girls love eating spaghetti and also love their veggies. I bet this would be a favorite at dinnertime!

  23. Amber Nelson
    April 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm (8 months ago)

    That looks so good. I have only eaten spaghetti squash once, but definitely would love to try this recipe!

  24. CourtneyLynne
    April 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm (8 months ago)

    Omg can we say yum?! I just love squash!!!!! Definitely going to be giving your recipe a try! Deliciousness

  25. Kelly Mahan
    October 23, 2017 at 6:40 am (2 months ago)

    Carbonara that’s only 400 calories? Count me in anytime! Thanks for the great recipe =)

  26. Alison Ray
    Alison Ray
    October 23, 2017 at 10:29 am (2 months ago)

    You are so welcome! Hope you try it!

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