carbonara zucchini noodles

Keto Creamy Bacon Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini noodles carbonara is a keto version of the Italian cuisine staple, spaghetti carbonara dish. This recipe combines one of our favorite flavor profiles of bacon, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. It is a low carb style, super easy and we promise you won’t miss the starchy pasta.

Since starchy pasta is out of the game, zucchini noodles are a great alternative. The combination of zoodles with the extra creamy sauce of the carbonara is mind-blowing. You’ll be surprised at how good the texture of the noodles will hold on to the sauce. Use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodle-like strips, if it’s not available, then go ahead and use a regular vegetable peeler instead.

The key factor for the success of zoodles is by getting all the excess water out. To prevent the zoodles from getting soggy in your carbonara sauce, sprinkle a tiny amount of salt to dry out the water in zucchini and then, press them on a paper towel and let sit for about 10 minutes to drain.

No need to worry about cracking some eggs into your noodles, by the time you’re done prepping this dish, they’ll be fully cooked. Most of the recipes we provide you with can be altered to your preferences, for instance, you can add some chicken for an extra protein in your day, or use smoked bacon instead of the regular one, it will give a completely different flavor to the dish. Also, if you love to incorporate garlic, especially in Italian style meals, then feel free to, it will turn out just amazing.

keto bacon zucchini carbonara

This is such an easy meal that takes less than 20 minutes to get ready, extra creamy, and loaded with rich flavors that you won’t mind the make-believe noodles. We advise you to store any unconsumed carbonara sauce in the fridge for the next day and not having it much longer. 

How To

Prepare the ingredients of the recipe.

carbonara zucchini noodles ingredients

Wash the zucchini thoroughly, cut them into noodle-like strips using a spiralizer. If you do not have one, you can always use a vegetable peeler, a julienne peeler or a mandolin slicer.

cut zucchini to make noodles

Miz the zucchini noodles with salt and let it sit for 15-20 minutes then squeeze out the liquid gently.

Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan with butter until golden. Add minced garlic in for extra flavor.

Add the sour cream, heavy cream, cheese, eggs, and salt and pepper in a bowl and stir gently. Pour this mixture into the pan with bacon. 

cook bacon cream eggs cheese

Bring the liquid to boil then add zucchini noodles in.Stir gently to cook the zucchini pasta but do not overcook it.

add zucchini noodles to carbonara sauce

Remove from heat and add a little more Parmesan cheese on top and serve warm!

serve carbonara zucchini noodles

Keto Zucchini Carbonara

You won’t miss the starchy pasta with this mind-blowing Italian style recipe. It is keto-friendly, low in carb and cooked in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: carbonara zucchini noodles
Servings: 2
Calories: 544kcal
Author: Rayane Chehab, MS, RDN


  • 4 slices bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 zucchini make noodles shape


  • Clean the zucchini very thoroughly, remove any damage on the skin with the help of a sharp knife. Make the zucchini spaghetti with the help of a spiralizer. Mix zucchini noodles with a little bit of salt then place it into a colander over the sink. After 15 minutes, gently squeeze it to get rid of as much moisture as possible.
  • In the meantime, prepare the carbonara sauce. Mix heavy cream, sour cream, Parmesan and egg in a bowl. Set a side.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, add butter in then add bacon to fry until golden brown. Add minced garlic in and stir. The reason we didn't add garlic in early is because it might get burnt by the time the bacon is cooked.
  • Add carbonara sauce in and stir until you have a creamy mixture and bring to boil.
  • Add the zucchini pasta in and cook for 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat and serve with some Parmesan cheese on top.


*You can use lean bacon for less fat.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Zucchini Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 267mg89%
Sodium 672mg29%
Potassium 740mg21%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1481IU30%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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