Vegetable Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is my favorite dish EVER. Ever ever ever. If you come to my house chances are good I will make you this dish. I have not until this point ever even considered adding to it. But I was feeling froggy this weekend and something got hold of me and I did. I wasn’t sure if I would even like it. I mean it’s NOT a traditional Carbonara. Guess what? I did. I really really liked it (dang it now we”ll have the spice girls in our heads. You can thank the Olympics for that). Different and delightful. Not to mention a great way to incorporate the cherry tomatoes we all have coming out of our ears right now.

I would consider this a fusion dish of sorts. Pasta primavera meets Carbonara. It takes away some of the heaviness and adds a little bit of green (and red) goodness. I was visiting my family in Georgia for the past few days and made them this dish (hence the dishes/props that you’ve not seen before – imagine me walking all over the house holding said dish trying to find the best light – they thought I was nuts ). Bacon wasn’t in my original plan for this dish but my Mom wanted to know where the meat was *side eye* so I threw in some crispy bacon pieces for good measure. In hindsight it was a good idea. Thanks Mom. You can’t ever go wrong with bacon. Duh. If you wanted a complete vegetarian dish just leave it out. But why?

I picked up a crown of broccoli for $1. A steal and the tomatoes were from the garden. This dish is definitely budget friendly and way more figure friendly than the traditional Carbonara. Not that that ever stops me from making it just thought I’d mention it in case you were ; )


Vegetable Carbonara

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  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 crown broccoli - trimmed, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes - halved
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 3/4 cup pecorino - grated
  • 4 fresh basil leaves - roughly torn
  • 2 strips of crispy bacon - roughly chopped


  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water on boil. When boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain. Set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic. and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tomatoes are tender.
  3. In a large serving bowl add: eggs, cheese and a generous seasoning of black pepper. Mix to combine.
  4. To serving bowl add hot pasta. Toss to combine making sure all of pasta is coated with egg mixture. Add tomato mixture. Toss to combine. If mixture is too thick loosen with some of reserved pasta water.
  5. Garnish with basil and bacon.


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  1. 1

    Looks stunning and just like the carbonara that I would love. Nicely done!

  2. 2

    carbonara is a favorite in this house and it’s a favorite when we go out to hubby’s favorite local Italian restaurant. I wonder if I could get him to eat it with veggies in it. I am kinda pushing my luck when I add peas to it lol. But I guess if he won’t eat it that leaves more for me, right? haha

  3. 3

    MmmMmm veggies!! You know I luve em’ 😀 Now that my tummy is rumbling can you please send me a bowl. xoxo

  4. 4

    Such a great dinner idea! Yum!

  5. 5

    Uhhh, this might just be MY favorite dish ever. I’m gonna have to test it out and see. 🙂

  6. 6

    I need this right now Paula! I love carbonara too. Love it!

  7. 7

    I love all of the veggies going on in this pasta dish!!

  8. 8

    Looks so delicious and healthy!

  9. 9

    Carbonara is one of my favorites as well! I love all the veggies here.

  10. 10

    So delicious looking! This is right up my alley. I love pasta. I love broccoli. And, I LOVE bacon. I’m sold!!!

  11. 11

    looks so yummy

  12. 12

    So, confession: I’ve NEVER had pasta carbonara before! (I know.) But you’ve convinced me now that it’s a must-try ASAP — it looks DELICIOUS!

  13. 13

    YUM! Carbonara is one of my all time favs too. Total comfort food. Love the veggies though!! 🙂

  14. 14

    a delicious way to get your veggies in!!! yummy.

  15. 15

    You are so good at these kinds of pastas. GREG

  16. 16

    Oh yum. I could eat this every day!! Love the broccoli in there.

  17. 17

    Oh Pasta! Beautiful and delicious! 🙂

  18. 18

    Looks tempting and I am realy craving something to eat right now. dangerous combination!

  19. 19

    This seems like a perfect dinner for a warm summer evening, especially with fresh basil. Thanks for sharing.

  20. 20

    I don’t believe I’ve ever had Spaghetti Carbonara, but I know I’ve looked at a few recipes thinking I would definitely enjoy it. I really like how this one is veggie loaded….and looks really easy to make.

  21. 21

    This dish looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. We love Italian in our household so these kind of dishes are always a hit!
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. 22
    Laurie /

    This looks fantastic. Is it served warm or cold?


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