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One of the markers of fall is all the fresh squash everywhere, and spaghetti squash is the best kind for so many reasons. It simply more versatile than any of the varieties out there, because it can replace pasta so effortlessly. It can take on any flavors you like, making the possibilities with it just endless. You can even twirl it around your fork like spaghetti, hence the name. It truly is my favorite kind of squash. And, spaghetti squash carbonara is my favorite way to make it.
If you haven’t made low carb spaghetti squash to replace pasta before, it’s actually much simpler than it looks. The most challenging part is cutting it open, since the skin is very hard prior to cooking. A sharp knife is crucial here!
Otherwise, don’t be put off by how long spaghetti squash takes to cook in the oven. The time is all hands off! If you’ve got a busy evening with other things to do besides cooking dinner (um, who doesn’t?), spaghetti squash is a great option. You can pop it in there and go do something else while it cooks. I first learned to do it from The Kitchn, though I’ve since tweaked the method to use a lower oven temperature because I found it cooks more evenly that way. Once enough time has passed – usually about 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees with my method – it’s all a breeze from there. Use a fork to pull out the spaghetti-like strands, and at this point it’s a blank canvas for any pasta dish you want to make low carb.
At the moment, that’s spaghetti squash carbonara at our house.
This creamy bacon spaghetti squash carbonara recipe is savory enough to work equally well as a main dish or a side dish. You can even throw some chicken in there for additional protein if you’re so inclined. Although it’s gluten-free, grain-free, and low carb, it doesn’t taste that way at all. If you’re looking for a satisfying dinner, trust me – this is the one.
My first attempt at making the carbonara sauce involved simmering, which ended up scrambling the egg. What a disaster, needless to say. Don’t make my mistake! This time, I let the heat of the squash noodles thicken the sauce, which turned out much better.
Now it’s all smooth, creamy, and everything a carbonara dish should be – except without all the carbs. Yes, I’ll be making this spaghetti squash carbonara again and again…
Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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