Pea and courgette carbonara in a bowl topped with black pepper and grated parmesan

Pea & Courgette Carbonara

A quick and easy veggie meal that's on the table in 15 minutes!
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people


  • 150g spaghetti (wholewheat or 50:50 is best)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 30g parmesan (finely grated)
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 100g frozen peas
  • black pepper


  • Cook the spaghetti as per the packet instructions.
  • Whilst the spaghetti is cooking, take a bowl and whisk together the egg yolks and most of the parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • Take the courgette and a vegetable peeler and peel ribbons of courgette. Stop once you’re near the seeds, at the middle, turn the courgette round and repeat. You should be able to do this from 4 sides.
  • In a frying pan, gently heat the olive oil and fry the garlic for a few minutes before adding the peas and courgette. Cook this for a further 5 minutes.
  • Once the spaghetti is cooked, save a cup of the cooking water and then drain the rest.
  • Add the spaghetti to the frying pan. Add a splash of the cooking water and stir in the egg yolk mixture making sure it coats all the spaghetti and vegetables. If it’s too dry add a little more cooking water. Season with pepper.
  • Plate up, season with more black pepper and sprinkle over the rest of the cheese.


Top tip: Use the leftover egg whites in an omelette, scrambled egg or add them to the egg muffin recipe. The leftover courgette is also great in a Bolognese.
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