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Butternut Carbonara

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mama K
Written by Mama K

This Butternut Carbonara is a lovely take on the classic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara. This dish is as easy to make but using butternut squash adds a new texture and colour to an already classic dish. Serve with lovely Garlic Bread and a glass of chilled white wine (for the adults).  Obviously, removing the bacon will give you a lovely vegetarian recipe that still hits the taste buds.  When you are rushing around and think you don’t have time to prepare a proper meal – then think again. This is a superb main course for lunch or dinner and is a favourite with my children and grandchildren.

Butternut Carbonara - TheRecipe.Website

Butternut Carbonara

Lovely adaptation of the Italian classic. The squash adds an entire new dimension.
4.77 from 101 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bacon, Dairy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 915kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cover the squash with olive oil and place on a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and bake until soft (10 - 15 minutes).
  • Whisk the egg yolks, half-and-half, cheese and salt in a bowl.
  • Boil salted water in a large pot. Cook pasta until al dente and drain keeping some of the starchy water for later.
  • Blend the soft cooked squash with a 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water from the pasta until smooth.
  • Cook the bacon until crisp over a medium heat. Remove and drain on paper towel. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  • Add the hot pasta to the onion and garlic mixture, along with pureed squash, egg/parmesan mixture, and bacon and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • If the sauce is too thick then add a little starchy water to loosen it.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


Sodium: 2589mg | Sugar: 12g | Fiber: 10g | Potassium: 798mg | Cholesterol: 47mg | Calories: 915kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 27g | Protein: 46g | Carbohydrates: 127g