Light Spaghetti Squash Carbonara is a healthy, low-carb and high-protein recipe with a little bacon for lots of richness. All of the great flavors of carbonara come together without all the fat and carbohydrates of the traditional pasta dish. The lightened up version is loaded with tender shrimp and creamy spaghetti squash for a dinner you can feel good about.
I just got an email in my inbox from Pizza Hut asking where I have been and offering me a free cookie to come back. Hahaha! Yes Pizza Hut, I have been away for awhile now, but that is a good thing…for my waistline at least! Instead I have been enjoying lightened up versions of classic comfort food like this carbanora, as well as Light Cheeseburger Quinoa Skillet, Creamy Chipotle Chicken Tomato Soup and so much more.
Don’t fret though Pizza Hut, I promise I will be back to enjoy all of your amazing new flavor combos on a cheat day some time very soon! 🙂
Light Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Carbonara
- 4 slices bacon, chopped (roughly 1/2 c.)
- 1/2 spaghetti squash
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. chicken broth
- 1/2 c. grated parmesan
- 1 lb. shrimp, uncooked
- Roast a whole spaghetti squash at 350° for 90 minutes. Cut in half and reserve half for another use. In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon over medium-high until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and add the chicken broth. Simmer over low heat for a few minutes.
- In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and Parmesan until smooth. Slowly add them to the pan with the chicken broth along with the spaghetti squash and cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, saute the shrimp with salt and pepper in a non-stick pan for 1-2 minutes on each side until they are pink and opaque. Top the spaghetti squash with the crispy bacon and cooked shrimp. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 399mgSodium: 1572mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 37g
Provided nutrition data is only an estimate. If you are tracking these nutrients for medical purposes, please consult an outside, trusted source.
Brandi Whitworth says
This has become a new staple in my house! We just can’t get enough of it!! Thank you for sharing such a fantastic recipe.
Danielle Green says
I’m so glad your family enjoys it!
Ashley Haglin says
This was fantastic, my husband was convinced there was a stick of butter in it because it tasted so great but I assured him there wasn’t! I don’t like waiting for spaghetti squash to bake for an hour so I cut mine in half put it on a plate and microwaved it for 11 minutes…MUCH easier!