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Roasted pumpkin spaghetti carbonara with cream in a bowl

Roasted Pumpkin Spaghetti Carbonara With Cream

This spaghetti carbonara with cream is the perfect quick comfort dinner. Silky, creamy sauce smothering angel hair noodles and everything brought together with smokey bacon. This version has the twist of roasted pumpkin just for an extra layer of comfort food. So good you'll be slurping noodles straight from the pan.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cozy pasta dinner, Pasta Carbonara, Spaghetti Carbonara with cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 514kcal
Author Debs


  • 1 lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
  • 3 free-range egg yolks
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary leaves picked
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 1/2 butternut squash diced into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 bunch tender stem or broccoli rabe
  • 1 cup smoked bacon or lardons


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and toss the butternut squash and the tender stem with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pick the needles of the sprig of rosemary and scatter over the tray. Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes until the squash and broccoli are golden and well roasted.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining off. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, mix the grated parmesan, egg yolks, pinch of nutmeg and the heavy cream together.
  • Heat a medium skillet over a medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Once hot, add the bacon or lardons and garlic to the pan and cook until golden and crispy. Drain the pasta reserving 1 cup of the water and add the pasta to the pan with the bacon.
  • Add the cheese and egg mixture tossing quickly to prevent scrambling. *The heavy cream helps prevent this too. Toss the pasta until the cheese melts and a silky sauce forms. This should only take a minute. If the sauce is too thick, add some of the reserved pasta water to thin it out slightly.
  • Divide the pasta between 4 bowls and top with the pumpkin and broccoli. Serve with extra parmesan cheese.