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Creamy Courgette & Bacon Carbonara


Looking for a tasty pasta dish that wouldn’t break the calorie bank, I came across this little beauty on the BBC Good Food website. I’ve made a few little amendments and I think you’ll be really pleased you gave this one a go.

This carbonara style pasta dish is a healthy alternative to the real thing with the usual cream and eggs being replaced by crème fraîche, it loses none of its flavour in the making.

Serves 4

Total time 20 minutes.


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 200g diced pancetta or smoked bacon lardons
  • 4 courgettes, coarsely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • large handful freshly grated parmesan
  • 300g full or low-fat crème fraîche
  • 400g tagliatelle or spaghetti (I prefer spaghetti)


1. Heat the Olive Oil in a large Frying Pan and sizzle the pancetta or bacon for about 5 mins until starting to crisp. Turn up the heat and add the grated courgette to the pan. Cook for 5 mins or until soft and starting to brown then add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Season well with lots of black pepper.

2. Meanwhile, cook the Pasta according to the pack instructions and scoop out a cupful of cooking water before draining. Tip the pasta into the frying pan with the bacon and courgette. Over a low heat toss everything together with the crème fraîche and half the Parmesan adding a splash of pasta water too if you need to loosen the sauce. Season to taste and serve with the remaining Parmesan sprinkled over the top.


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