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Summer Carbonara

Basil and bacon make best summer buds in this smoky-sweet pasta. I pair it with a simple spring mix salad with balsamic dressing and a glass of good Chardonnay or cold iced tea. —Cathy Dudderar, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, squash, zucchini and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add tomatoes; heat through. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add eggs to same skillet; cook slowly, stirring constantly, until eggs reach 160° and just begin to coat a metal spoon (eggs will be frothy; do not overcook). Add to hot spaghetti; toss to coat. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 508 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 732mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Barbara
    Jun 13, 2019

    I make carbonara often, and there is one important inaccuracy in this recipe. Everyone describes a problem with cooking the eggs as directed. That is because after you cook the pasta, you are supposed to drain it very quickly and do not try to drain out every bit of the water. You rapidly stir your beaten eggs into the hot pasta. The heat of the pasta will cook the eggs. The eggS also soak into the pasta and give it a nice texture. I think if you make this change, the rest of the recipe will work out right. I hope this helps.

  • Lisa
    Aug 4, 2017

    This was a very quick-made dish that tasted amazing, and packed immense flavor!Will definitely add to the Recipe Box!

  • lisagcjackson
    May 26, 2013

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  • cook9876
    Jan 3, 2012

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  • Crucifiedcondios
    Sep 26, 2011

    Very excellent recipe! The flavors are so fresh and indulgent at the same time. It's a healthy meal you can feel good about. Next time, I will reduce the amount of spaghetti the recipe calls for. I had difficulty cooking the egg as well, as it immediately stuck to the pan and did not achieve the consistency described in the recipe. Otherwise, received enthusiastic compliments and will make its way to our kitchen table many times in the future!

  • mira_giovanni
    Aug 30, 2011

    Although the flavors of this recipe were good, I found some problems with the directions. Do not 'finely chop' the squash and onion, a small dice is fine (and what is shown in the picture). Also trying to cook the eggs in the same large pan I cooked the vegetables in had them from cooked to scrambled before I could blink. Once the eggs were that cooked the dish was dry. I did cut the past down to 10.7 oz but left the vegetables and seasonings the same. That worked well. [Also for health purposes used turkey bacon and only 6 slices.] Overall a good recipe just needs a few tweaks at least for our house.

  • nikispangler
    Aug 23, 2011

    This recipe feels healthy and decadent at the same time! The flavors were fantastic! Our family will keep this recipe for forever!

  • Sandymama4
    Aug 17, 2011

    Super delicious and flavorful! Made it with all fresh produce from our garden, and it got a big thumbs-up from everyone in my family!

  • ssmith819
    Aug 13, 2011

    The flavors in this meal are amazing together! I would probably add a little less pasta next time because the other ingredients are so good I want more in each bite. And it uses vegetables that are all in season at the same time and easy to find from your local growers! Major bonus in my book. This one's a keeper!

  • jstjean10
    Aug 12, 2011

    The fresh basil tastes great, my very pickey husband enjoyed this dish too!