Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Carbonara (Primal and pasta options)

Carbonara is a rich, creamy pasta sauce.  Traditionally it is served over fettucini with a raw egg on top.  For this recipe the egg and peas are optional along with the pasta.  I use the zucchini as the pasta replacement for my primal diet.

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)
2 slices of bacon diced (I use Fresh and Easy sodium nitrate free bacon)
1/4 onion diced
1 tablespoon of butter (if I am out of butter or want more bacon flavor I use bacon grease)
1 zucchini sliced into long pieces
3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
Fresh grated parmesan cheese

1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen peas
Serving of pasta


  1. Start heating pan (if you are making pasta start that now by following the pasta directions - delay starting the sauce a few minutes to ensure pasta is done at same time as sauce)
  2. Dice bacon and onions
  3. Add butter/bacon grease to pan and allow to melt
  4. Add bacon and onion and cook on medium heat for about two minutes-stir with wooden spoon 
  5. Add zucchini and cook on medium for about four minutes until it starts to brown - season with salt 
  6. Add heavy cream (and peas) and turn up heat 
  7. Stir as cream boils and thickens - about 2 minutes - DO NOT over heat cream 
  8. When cream thickens turn off heat 
  9. Add egg (optional)
  10. Add pasta (optional)
  11. Serve in a pre-warmed bowl
  12. Grate fresh parmesan using Zyliss 11370 Classic Rotary-Style Cheese Grater

Pasta Version

Primal Version


      1. My favorite pasta dish before I cut out pasta all together. I can't wait to try this recipe with the zucchinis.

      2. Havard - I too miss the pasta in this dish. I've thought about making a gnocchi with almond flour, potatoes and spinach to toss into...just haven't had the time.