Glorious Glut – Courgette Noodle Carbonara

It’s been a funny old season for the vegetable patch this year. Strangely the tomatoes still have not hit their full stride and the annual courgette glut was late and is just coming to an end.

It literally happened over night. One day we had no courgettes and the next, I had 12 ginormous ones in my kitchen begging to be played around with. I enjoy the challenge of having so much of one vegetable, working my way through the pile and producing a pleasing variety of dishes so as not to succumb to courgette fatigue.

I have a few staple recipes that I always roll out during the glut. Check out my Courgette, Parmesan & Basil Soup and also my Courgette & Tomato Risotto. Always firm favourites in our house.

But on to something new. I have become aware of the fashion of making noodles out of vegetables to use instead of pasta. In fact, I was served a small portion of courgette and carrot noodles in a local restaurant just last weekend and I thought to myself that if vegetable noodles had arrived in deepest darkest rural France, then I was most certainly behind the times!

SpiralizerBut how to create a vegetable noodle? I had a little dig about on the internet and I discovered a couple of cool gadgets which could do the job. First up is a Vegetable Spiralizer.From what I gather, this clever bit of kit will make noodles out of just about anything! This is clearly the easiest and neatest way to do it but as yet, I don’t own one. (Hint to husband: it’s high on my Christmas wish list!)

Julienne PeelerSecondly, you could use a OXO Good Grips Julienne Peelerwhich is basically a peeler with little teeth which create thin strips when you pull it down your vegetable. Fairly simple and effective looking and a much cheaper option than the Spiralizer. But again, I don’t own one.

So, I had to opt for the third method; using the thinest julienne attachment on my trusty mandolin. It was a tricky operation as I couldn’t quite get the spiked safety holder part to hold the courgette properly so there was a certain amount of wastage and I did manage to mandolin my thumb (not the first time I have suffered at the hands of my mandolin). But after a little struggle, I had a nice big bowl of courgette noodles.

Next I salted them and left them for a while to draw all the moisture out as I didn’t want a watery end dish. I used them to make a delicious Courgette Noodle Carbonara; healthy, carb free and with a fantastic bite to the noodles you just don’t get with pasta. It was a really great way to use up lots of lovely courgettes in a fun and tasty dish that I will certainly make again.

Courgette Noodle Carbonara

(Serves 2)

2 ginormous courgettes or 6-8 normal ones
1 tbsp table salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 chicken breast, cut into cubes
200g bacon lardons
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg yolk
5 tbsp cream
40g grated Parmesan

Use your chosen gadget to make your noodles. If you are using a mandolin, cut the courgettes into manageable lengths and slice them carefully using the thinest julienne attachment for your mandolin.

Courgette Noodles

Once you have a nice big bowl of courgette noodles, place them in a colander over a bowl and stir in the tablespoon of salt. Leave to sit for between 30 minutes and an hour to draw out all the green water.

In a frying pan, heat your olive oil and fry your chicken for 2 minutes, then add the onion for 2 minutes and finally the bacon lardons and garlic and cook until everything is golden.

In a small bowl, mix together your egg yolk, cream, Parmesan and some seasoning.

Courgette Noodle Carbonara Cooking

Add your courgettes to the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes. Pour over your creamy sauce mixture and cook gently for 2 more minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the courgette noodles. Serve topped with a little extra grated Parmesan.

Courgette Noodle Carbonara

I am entering this dish into the Four Seasons Food September Challenge with the theme of ‘Sliding Into Autumn’ which I am hosting this month, as this dish fits the bill.

Four Seasons Food

Four Seasons Food hosted by Delicieux and Chezfoti

And I am also going to enter it into my old favourite Credit Crunch Munch, hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, brainchild of Helen from Fuss Free Flavours & Camilla from Fab Food 4 All. My courgettes came straight from my garden making this very economical.

Credit Crunch Munch

And I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made With Love Mondays as it was made entirely from scratch.

Made with Love Mondays, hosted by Javelin Warrior

And finally, I am entering into Recipe Of The Week for the very first time, hosted by Emily from A Mummy Too.

Link up your recipe of the week

21 thoughts on “Glorious Glut – Courgette Noodle Carbonara”

  1. Clever! This recipe sounds delicious! I too have an abundance of courgettes in my fridge just now, but alas, I don’t have a mandolin! I checked them out the other day, but at nearly £30 I changed my mind! I’m off to check out your soup as a potential recipe for my courgettes. Thank you for linking up with the Credit Crunch Munch!

    1. I have had my mandolin for years…it was no doubt a cheap gadget back then! Couldn’t live without it now…so good for so many things. You’ll have to ask Santa for one 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the soup…it’s my favourite soup recipe. x

    1. Oh dear…it has been a funny year this year for lots of veggie patches. Still, whilst they are still fairly cheap, it’s worth buying a few for this recipe…it was really tasty. x

  2. I’ve only used a spiralizer once and it was at a friend’s house. It worked quite well though and I really enjoyed the raw zucchini noodles. I almost didn’t miss semolina pasta! This carbonara sounds particularly tasty with these noodles…

    1. Of course, you are right, the noodles would be delicious raw too, in a zingy dressing! Oooh, lots of lovely possibilities only makes me want a spiralizer all the more!

  3. What a fantastically healthy idea. We too have a courgette glut so I might be investing in one of those machos – it looks like fun. I think courgettes, bacon and cream go beautifully together – will definitely be trying this out…

    1. Lol!! Yes I have a ‘macho’ too. A Spiralizer would probably more helpful 🙂 I do think that the idea of veggie noodles, cooked or raw, give lots of inspiration for healthy dishes. I think you should get one, I would love to see all the lovely healthy things you would come up with! x

  4. Was it really tasty? I was a bit scarred by a bad experience with raw courgette noodles at a raw restaurant and haven’t been able to go back. But would absolutely love this kind of carbonara…

    1. Yes, I can confirm that the noodles really were tasty! And these noodles are lightly tossed in the pan so not raw. But they still have a nice bite when you eat them. I hope you try this and they help you over your bad experience x

  5. “Spiralizer”, lol – looks quite ingenious, but I’ve really gone off gadgets which are literally “one use”. You can buy so much which literally has one use only, and can easily be done with a bit more time and care using something already available – knife, saucepan etc.

    The dish looks lovely though – I went to a local pick your own farm and got a HUGE yellow courgette. Wasn’t sure what to do with it in the end, so just sliced it and roasted it. Should have done this!

    1. I know what you mean….I have a fair few ‘one use only’ gadgets…and space in my kitchen is now at a premium with my antique plate addiction also! I know the spiralizer only appears to do one thing, but I am not sure the same affect can be achieved with anything else. What I like is the fact that it can make a noodle out of almost anything. I hope to get one and look forward to trying sweet potato noodles, maybe raw celeriac noodles. That sort of thing. xx

  6. Last year, I bought a pasta making machine, where you ‘crank’ the dough through the machine to make spaghetti noodles of varying widths. Unfortunately I left it in Australia, but when we return in a few months, I’ll definitely get it out and try making your noodles!

    1. Of course – a pasta machine would work making noodles too. Good thinking! I hope you get it back soon and then you can have a play around making noodles! Let me know if it works 🙂

  7. I love this! Looks so yummy! Only problem is, I don’t own any of those cutting methods – looks like a shopping trip is in order.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and Stumbled this post, and also made it one of my three picks for this week. Do pop over and check it out 🙂

    1. Hi Emily – thanks so much for choosing my post as one of your picks of the week! I am delighted…and I will definitely be linking up more posts in the future. I am really pleased that you liked my noodles. x

  8. What a lovely recipe ! I have made courgette ribbons as a side dish before, but never noodles.

    They used the spiralizer to make potato noodles on Saturday Kitchen last week so I’m delighted you added a link to that. It’s gone straight on my wish list !!

    Popped over from Blog Love Day :o)

    1. Thanks Swazi. So glad you popped over 🙂 I missed the Spiralizer on Saturdays Kitchen but I definitely need one in my life. I once saw a TV chef use one to make potato noodles and then wrap them around something or another and then deep fried them. It made a gorgeous little crispy potato coated nugget. I think it has lots of potential for interesting recipes 🙂

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