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Summer Carbonara Recipe

Summer Carbonara Recipe

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 good Chardonnay wine or a glass of cold iced tea. —Cathy Dudderar, Lexington, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 eggs, 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 or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion, squash, zucchini and garlic in oil until tender. Add tomatoes; heat through. Remove and keep warm.
  • 2. Reduce heat to low; add eggs to the skillet. Cook and stir until egg mixture coats a metal spoon and reaches 160° (mixture will look like a soft frothy egg). Drain spaghetti and place in a bowl. Add eggs; toss to coat. Add the vegetable mixture, cheese, bacon, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; toss gently to coat. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 508 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 732 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.