a bowl of tagliatelle butternut squash carbonara with creme fraiche sauce

butternut squash carbonara Recipe

20 Minutes
Serves: 2

A healthy tagliatelle butternut squash carbonara with creme fraiche, crispy bacon, roasted butternut squash, roast peppers and sliced olives coated in a parmesan, pine nut and sage creme fraiche sauce. The carbonara is served with a sprinkle of parsley and crispy garlic bread. 

Recipe Ingreds


  • 75 grams bacon (smoked)
  • 0.5 bell pepper (red)
  • 10 black olives
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100 ml crème fraiche
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 10 grams pine nuts
  • salt (to taste)
  • 150 grams tagliatelle
  • 3 sprig fresh parsley


  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 190C 375F or gas mark 5
  • peel and chop the butternut squash into cube
  • add the butternut squash cubes to the Baking tray and coat the cubes in oil
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 2

  • Add the chilli flakes to the baking tray
  • peel the garlic and cut into slivers
  • add to the baking tray
  • season with salt and pepper
  • cook till soft and golden brown
  • set a side to cool a little

Step 3

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 4

  • heat the frying pan
  • toast the pinenuts in the frying pan till golden brown
  • set a side

Step 5

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 6

  • chop the bacon into pieces
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook till golden brown
  • wash and chop the red pepper into matchsticks
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 7

  • slice the olives
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the butternut squash to the frying pan

Step 8

  • add the pinenuts to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the creme fraiche to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • grate the parmesan
  • add to the frying pan

Step 9

  • drain the pasta add to the butternut mixture
  • return to the heat and gently warm through
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins
  • wash and finely chop the fresh parsley

Step 10

  • place the pasta on a serving plate
  • Sprinkle with parsley

Step 11

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • serve the garlic bread with the pasta

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 baking tray
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 medium pan
  • 1 sieve

What is carbonara

A traditional Italian pasta dish made with eggs, cream, bacon and a hard cheese such as parmesan or pecorino. Our carbonara is a healthy version of this where the eggs and cream have been replaced with creme fraiche 

How to make butternut squash carbonara with creme fraiche

Peel and cut the butternut into cubes and toss in a little oil with the garlic and chilli flakes, roast in the oven until crisp, caramelised. Pop the tagliatelle into boiling water and cook till al dente. Cut the bacon into squares and cook till crisp and golden brown, add the sliced red peppers and cook till soft. Add the chopped olive, and the roasted butternut to the pan stir to combine the ingredients. Add the pine nuts, grated parmesan and crème fraiche to make the pasta sauce. Add the cooked pasta stir and stir, serve with garlic bread or crusty rolls and a sprinkle of parsley.

When to eat and what to serve with butternut squash and bacon pasta

Adding butternut to your carbonara ensures this dish has all the tastes of Autumn, it is a delicious meal when the nights start to grow darker and is a great alternative to the traditional dish  Roasting the butternuts, crisping the bacon and adding the pine nuts gives the soft pasta crispness and pops with flavour. The addition of peppers and olives gives it a fantastic Mediterranean taste. It is the perfect quick cook, serve it on its own with a sprinkle of parsley or treat yourself and pop some garlic bread in the oven. 

What makes creme fraiche carbonara the best

The perfect combination of bacon and butternut squash makes a delicious pasta meal, the star ingredients are the chilli and garlic adding flavour and spice. the creamy creme fraiche gives an extra healthy kick to the dish .

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