Summer Vegetable Carbonara

Serves 2-4.
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Summer Vegetable Carbonara: The perfect use for all that fresh summer squash and zucchini! This quick pasta dish is packed with sauteed veggies and tossed in a traditional carbonara sauce. It's so easy to make and done in about 30 minutes! Gotta love it! |
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Penne pasta mixed with summer squash and zucchini and tossed with a traditional carbonara sauce. One of my favorite pastas!

Adapted from Jamie at Home.


2 medium zucchini or squash
8 oz. penne pasta
2 large egg yolks
1/3 Cup heavy cream
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided
4-6 slices thick bacon
Few sprigs of fresh thyme
Salt and pepper


1) Chop your zucchini and fresh squash into half-circles about the size of the penne pasta.  Also chop your bacon into cubes.

2) Whisk your egg yolks (save the whites for an omelet), cream, 1/4 Cup Parm, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a seperate bowl.  Set aside for later.

3) Cook Penne according to box.

4) In a large pan with high sides, cook bacon over medium-low heat until very crispy and brown.  Remove bacon from pan.

5) When your pasta is done, drain it and reserve about 1 Cup of cooking water.

6) Add veggies to the pan with the bacon grease along with a few thyme sprigs if you want and some salt and pepper.

7) Cook the veggies over medium-high heat for just a minute or two.  Any longer than that and they’ll get soggy and mushy.

8) Combine pasta with veggies and add your bacon back in.

9) Kill the heat and slowly add in your egg yolk mixture, stirring furiously while you add it.  If you do this over the heat, your eggs will just cook, but they should into a creamy sauce if the pan isn’t on direct heat.

10) If it looks too thick, add a bit of reserved pasta water to make the sauce thicker.

11) Sprinkle carbonara with more cheese and serve immediately.