Winter Squash Carbonara with Broccoli Rabe and Sage.
And the healthy eats continue!
Seriously though, how are you guys feeling about all the healthy recipes we’ve been discussing this January? Are you into them? Personally, I’m kind of loving them. All the colorful veggies are incredibly fun to photograph and the recipes are so my kind of recipes!
Did I ever tell you that I once had a serious addiction to spaghetti squash? Like it was so serious that for a little while I think it was all I ate for dinner. Eventually my skin started turning yellow and then that freaked me out and I quit cold turkey. It was a weird, weird, couple of weeks, but I just remember mom and I having a long moment with spaghetti squash back when I was in middle school. But man, I do really LOVE it. Now that I make all these other kinds food, I’ve kind of forgotten about simple spaghetti squash.
I did make it once back in the fall, but this is the first time sine then. I know, I know. 🙁
Anyway, even though it’s “healthy January” here on the blog, that still means pasta and cheese…for me at least! Yes, I consider both to be healthish foods. Don’t judge.
Okay, but the squash, I guess that technically it’s not pasta. And I guess the sauce is actually vegan, but I swear, you’d think it was all cheese and cream! All you have to do is roast the spaghetti squash, add all the ingredients for the sauce to a blender, blend and then pour the sauce over the hot spaghetti squash… DONE.
As you can see, I also added a poached egg to my bowl for a little protein, because I really just love a good egg. I then topped the dish off with my new favorite condiment, vegan parmesan and called it good to go.
FYI, this bowl right here, it’s a million times better than the spaghetti squash I was eating in middle school…I think that back then we used spray butter. Eeew. That totally grosses me out now.
The creamy sauce is a base of coconut milk and cashews. This combo together is beyond awesome and the flavors are not overpowering. Even if you’re not a fan of coconut, I would still highly recommend giving the recipe a try. I can’t say that this recipe tastes full on like a traditional Italian Alfredo, but that’s OK. This is something slightly different, but yet it still gives you that feel. You know?
There’s creaminess, heartiness and all around awesome flavors going on here. If you’re not vegan, you can use parmesan in the sauce instead of nutritional yeast. Obviously you can really load up on the parmesan topping too! Like I said though, I’m actually really loving the vegan parmesan. I love the nuttiness the pine nuts give it. It’s just a little different…but I can’t lie. I also added a dusting of real parmesan too.
Couldn’t help it.
And looking at that egg in these photos makes me think that some burrata cheese would be kind of amazing on this too. I mean, it totally wouldn’t be vegan then, but man, it would be GOOD. Next time I’ll try adding burrata for sure!
Even without the burrata, the egg, plus maybe a little of the vegan AND the regular parm… oh yeah, SO good! Yup, I sure do like my cheese!!
But hey, the spaghetti squash and the sauce are oh so healthy, so laying on the cheese is perfectly justifiable.
Lastly, let me tell you a little bit about that egg. Oh that egg. Yes, you totally do not need it… but yes, it’s totally perfect (I love a good runny egg). An egg + this creamy sauce + spaghetti squash = heaven.
Almost like a carbonara pasta.
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Spaghetti Squash “Alfredo”… and now we eat and eat and eat. Well, OK then!
This was fabulous! I roasted Broccoli instead of cauliflower, but the Alfredo was so so good! I topped with an egg as well!
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! xx
Hi, I did this recipe and it was very tasty. My husband and I loved it. I didn’t have coconut milk left son I took instead, the Belsoy (soya cooking). I can’t say if it tastes the same but it was good ans it also means i will have to do it again with the coconut milk ? (sorry for my englush, I am french from Québec)
Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks so much for making it! xT