I have a deep and storied love of pasta. However much we love them, a person can't spend their days gorging on a mountain of carbs. What is a poor soul to do? Hello veggie noodles. It's the perfect low carb option, just as satisfying as pasta without the bloat. You can buy pre-spiralized noodles in the produce section of many grocery stores, or you can invest in a spiralizer. I have the Veggetti which works like a charm. It's a simple tool with two ends in which you insert your vegetable of choice for either thick or thin noodles, then twist away. You could also invest in a crank spiralizer. They do cost a bit more but they allow to you to create noodles from more hearty vegetables such as butternut squash, beets, carrots, etc. I am partial to the zucchini noodle. Not only are they easy to manually spiralize, have a nice noodle like texture, but the green of the zucchini also brightens things up.
Veggie Noodle Carbonara is a recipe I created. Here is what I did:
I used store bought spaghetti squash noodles. They were on sale at Kowalski's so I thought I would give them a try. Carbonara is a simple pasta dish made with eggs, parmesean, bacon, and black pepper. I modified the traditional recipe adding onion, garlic, kale, cherry tomatoes and an over easy egg.
I fried up the pieces of bacon until they were brown. Removed the bacon and set aside. Then added the garlic and onion to the residual bacon fat and cooked until they started to caramelize a bit. I tossed in the noodles and kale with a bit of chicken stock to allow the noodles to cook down. The squash noodles took about 5 minutes to soften up. I then added the cherry tomatoes and let those cook until they started to burst. Then added the bacon back to the pan along with freshly grated parmesean cheese and a squeeze of lemon. Next tossed with tongs until a lite sauce formed and finally topped with an over easy egg. Clients who choose this dish can reheat the carbonara then make a quick fried, over easy, poached or any style egg with a runny yolk which further adds to the sauce.