Vegetarian spaghetti carbonara

Do you have that too? You come home tired, actually a bit late. You are hungry, but you are also hungry. So something has to come up quickly that is easy to prepare and tasty!

A good spaghetti carbonara

When I could handle pork, I loved spaghetti carbonara. I actually made it every week. I learned the intricacies of a good carbonara from an Italian who once in a while helped us and then continued to eat with us. His rule was 1 egg per person, no cream and little pancetta.
But how do you make a tasty spaghetti carbonara without bacon? I did not know and for years I have not prepared spaghetti carbonara from the weather.


Do you know those large pencil sharpeners to cut courgettes into thin strands, for example? They are called spirelli. I got one from a very sweet guest! An ideal kitchen tool. You can cut your courgettes into thin strips in no time at all. Well and so my own vegetarian recipe for spaghetti carbonara was born.


  • 80-100 gr of spaghetti pp
  • 1 egg pp
  • lots of grated parmesan cheese
  • lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • as much zucchini as you like (we usually do 200 gr pp)
  • 1 small onion pp
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • salt

Cut the onion into very thin half rings.
Slice the courgettes with the sharpener. I always use the cutting edge that makes the thickest strings.
Put water on for the spaghetti.
Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them with a fork. Add a little salt and black pepper and as much Parmesan cheese as you like. Stir everything well so that it becomes a nice cream.
Braise the onion in the olive oil in a very large frying pan (you must also be able to place the zucchini and spaghetti in it and also be able to stir it in).
Add the zucchini strips, salt and black pepper. Let it get hot for a moment and then put a lid on the pan and turn off the heat.
Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain it and add to the zucchini-onion mixture. Finally add the egg-cheese mixture and stir everything on a high heat for a short while (it should absolutely not dry out). Ready!

By the way, did you know why it is called carbonara spaghetti? "Carbone" means coal. The black pepper must make the spaghetti nice and black. Then it's at its tastiest! Enjoy your meal!

Oh yeah! And do you let us know if you like this variant? This recipe can be shared!


  1. Ha die Roos, we are definitely going to try this recipe! Looks good.
    I sometimes make the carbonara myself and then use a sharp cheese slicer to cut small pieces off the zucchini to use. Because I eat vegetarian, I usually use speckjes from the vegetarian butcher, which we find very tasty when you first bake them in little oil. Replacing the cream with egg with cheese is a good tip, I am curious.
    Yesterday Jan and I were in The Hague to view the Erwin Olaf photo exhibition in the municipal museum there. Very nice! Then we had dinner at the Vleesch Lobby, the restaurant of the vegetarian butcher in the area. A surprisingly nice menu and good food. Vleesch consists exclusively of vegetarian / vegan ingredients. The vegetarian butcher has recently become part of Unilever. Worldwide the sales area of their products is now much larger. Who knows, their speckjes are also available somewhere in Italy. I read somewhere that their vega products are already starting to show up in various countries.
    As for those walks, it is very nice that a number have been released by the municipality of San Venanzo. We will certainly go hiking again when we are with you, so great that beautiful routes can be downloaded.
    In addition, we might also want to cycle in the area. Is that according to you?
    Have there been any guests with you who may have gained experience in this? We still have some doubts about whether we will take the bicycles with us, but if someone can recommend us, we will probably tack.
    Anyway, we still have time to think about it.
    Greetings Nico from our Rose and ... see you next!
    Love, Elly

    • Hi Elly and Jan! What a nice response, Elly. Cycling here is just like cycling in South Limburg or in the Belgian Ardennes. So you have to have a lot of resistance on your bike. There are a few mountain bikes here that you can use for a small fee. So you can also try it first on the bikes that are here. If you like it, take your own bikes next time!
      See you soon! Love, Roos and Nico

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