Zucchini Pancetta Carbonara

carbonara with pancetta and zucchini

Zucchini Pancetta Carbonara

This easy carbonara with zucchini and pancetta is so tasty, and really quick to cook. It’s also incredibly delicious!


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  • Pasta – spaghetti, tagliatelle or whatever you like
  • 1/2 block of parmesan
  • 2/3 eggs
  • Pancetta – the same portion as you would use for bacon.
  • 1 Courgette/ Zucchini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Mushrooms (optional)



Crack the eggs into a bowl and add salt and pepper.

Grate parmesan and add to the bowl with the egg, saving some to serve on top at the end. Mix well.

Chop up the garlic and courgette.

Cook spaghetti until al dente, and reserve a little bit of the water it was boiled in.


Warm a pan, add a little butter and the garlic.

Cook the pancetta at a medium high heat in the pan until a little crispy.

Cook the courgettes and mushrooms in the pan for about five minutes.


Add the drained spaghetti and half a cup of the saved water and stir, cooking for a few minutes.

Confession: When I made the carbonara pictured here, I added too much of the pasta water, so be careful not to go overboard! 

Take the pan off the heat and gently pour the egg and cheese mixture in, stirring it in.

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Keep stirring and the egg will gently cook.

You can add a little more water if necessary.


Serve with an extra sprinkle of parmesan.



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  1. May 18, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Okay this looks absolutely amazing! I have to save this for later.

    <3: Jasmin N

  2. May 18, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Ooh I love pasta, will definitely give this recipe a try some time soon!

    Kelly Knows It | A life and style blog

  3. May 19, 2016 / 12:33 am

    Yum! Thanks so much for this recipie! I will definately try it.

  4. May 19, 2016 / 3:53 am

    This looks easy and delicious! I would just substitute the pancetta with tofu to make it vegetarian friendly 🙂

  5. travelerettenyc
    May 20, 2016 / 1:29 am

    That looks so tasty! I love pasta carbonara but I’ve never had it with zucchini. Thanks for sharing!

  6. May 20, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    So…I’ve actually tried this and it turned out delicious!! 😀
    Thanks for sharing!
    Alexandra ~ ArtMandy

  7. nyscene
    May 21, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    This sounds like a perfect after work comfort food recipe! Thank you for posting it!

  8. May 22, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Yummy and it’s definitely super easy and handy 🙂 Definitely gonna try this never thought about adding zucchini in my carbonara

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