Notsa Carbonara

Have you ever been caught in a treacherous F-5 tornado filled with hail the size of pick-up trucks, hungry great white sharks, sharp machetes, an angry and drunk Chris Brown and the father of all monsters in Greek Mythology: Typhon?

Typhon - Greek Mythology

Well if you can believe it, my parents had to endure such harsh conditions on a near daily basis until I was about 14 years old, when they “slayed the beast” or in other words: sent me to boarding school.

These intense weather patterns would erupt when I was forced to eat anything green

Little eating denying vegetables

When my beloved spaghetti, rigatoni, ravioli, bow-ties, macaroniYou get the idea… Touched even just the tiniest flake of parsley, I would throw down much like Haiphong, the deadliest typhoon ever to occur in the world (1881), to date.

Typhoon Pat

Ironically though, I would only eat GREEN mint chocolate chip ice cream way back when too…

With all of this being revealed, you would HARDLY BELIEVE I am still the same “destructive tornado,” for the recipe I am sharing with you today… Includes GREEN SPAGHETTI!

paleo pasta carbonara, dairy free and gluten free

I can ONLY IMAGINE the destruction I would have caused if my mother even THOUGHT about trying to feed me GREEN SPAGHETTI… 

Of course, as I got older, I “matured”……. Yeah….. Well, my palette matured… Allowing me and Vianessa (you’ve seen her before when we made Identity Crisis Donuts) to create a rather INGENIOUS recipe that… Well, I cannot tell you how we feel about this creation because you’re just going to have to watch and see for yourself, of course…

Eating from the pasta pot because we are classy ladies!

And if you don’t, just remember… I didn’t mature THAT MUCH…

Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo Pasta Carbonara


This is how we do it… This is how we do it… (La ra ra ra ra ra…)

  • Peel and steam artichoke, pour into a blender and puree, thinning it out with 1/2 cup of water.
  • In a pan sautee the bacon and removed when cooked. Then add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent (add salt and pepper), then combine with bacon.
  • When aromatics are cooking, boil a pot of water for the pasta, cook for roughly 7 minutes. Drain pasta water (save some) and either put pasta in a new bowl or back into the pot.
  • Crack two eggs into a bowl and whisk quickly as you slowly add the artichoke “cream” to the bowl.
  • Slowly pour the egg and artichoke cream mixture over the pasta and stir vigorously.
  • Finally, add the bacon, garlic and onion, toss and ENJOY!
  • Feel free to sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top for a cheesy flavor!
  • If the sauce is too thick, add some of the saved pasta water to the combination of deliciousness!

While you wolf this recipe down… Don’t forget to check out the RIDICULOUSLY PHENOMENAL giveaway Explore Asian and I are going in on…


HERE is how to DIG IN to this giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holding the Pasta Carbonara before we RIP into it!


So tell me…

  • Greek Mythology… Your thing?
  • Have you ever tried Explore Asian? Thoughts?
  • Are you a skeptic of artichoke puree “cream” sauce?
  • Have you ever heard of the benefits of green coffee?
  • What classic dish would you like to see me create “GiGi-Approved” style?
  • Have you ever actually experienced a tornado or tsunami? 
  • Bacon: yay or nay?
  • What celebrity would you like to lick bacon grease off of? 

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  1. I do like Greek Mythology, especially after I read Ovid’s The Metamorphosis! Ovid was later banned from Rome for pornographic writings. From Rome?? With all the stuff they were doing/ Whatz up with that. Oh got off track there…

    I like artichoke, and have made zucchini spaghetti with my new kitchen toy so your recipe is very appealing!

    I was punished continuously as a kid over my refusal to eat! Military school was the threat, and I was not allowed to be a cub scout for that also!

    So I became an anarchist, that showed them!

    • Oh I have certainly been punished a TON when it comes to eating – I even remember IN boarding school being attacked! HA!

      AND Greek Mythology is a secret obsession of mine 😉

  2. Yum!! LOVE pasta….or anything carb-y for that matter 😉 Never tried artichoke puree. I’m curious!

  3. Is it time to shoot a sequel?

    Also kudos to the guy up top, Metamorphoses is a great book! I have it if you wanna borrow it GiGi :-)

  4. Holla! Sweet recipe, and I was honestly in the mood for this type of dish. I will use some zoodles for now but fingers crossed for the freebie, that’s a heckuva lotta noodles! And I never knew what a Jerusalem artichoke looked like. Artichokes have such amazing flavor, what a great idea to use it for sauce. Love how your palette has matured. ; ) I actually had a huge aversion to most red foods when I was little. I didn’t like tomatoes until I was 20, and I grew my own. lol. Can’t wait to try. Thanks Gigi!

    • Fingers are a crossed for you because these noodles are seriously GOOD STUFF!!!!!

      And I have to say, I am THRILLED my palette has matured too – LOL! I was never ever a tomato fan when I was younger, but ketchup – SIGN ME UP!

  5. Seriously THANK YOU for this recipe. I recently tried carbonara pasta and loved it, but then realized this would not go well with me trying to do paleo.

    Always love your creative take on yummy dishes, turning them into even yummier, healthy dishes!

    What could be fun for summer are some GiGi-Approved road trip snack ideas. Food you can eat when on road trips, in the airport, etc.

    Gonna make this as soon as I am back from my California trip!

    • YES! That would be a great idea actually – I was just on a road trip (I will call you about that, ha ha)… And I was offered snacks but I couldn’t eat ANYTHING! That is definitely coming down the pipeline VERY SOON! :) Love you! I WISH you were coming to SoCal!

  6. In high school (I was a nerd) I loved all types of mythology – now I remember very little!!!
    Have you tried any of the gluten free pasta – I just wondered how those noodles compared?

    • Never have a tried gluten-free pasta because I cannot eat rice either. This is the first time I have ever seen straight vegetable pasta and it’s amazing!!! I highly recommend you throw your name into the giveaway “pool” Kim! 😉

      Ive not tried any of the GF pastas either even after 20+years GF.

  7. I used to love peas as a kid, which I hate now, and veggies with ranch!

  8. Love sunchokes (jerusalem artichokes). I’d be very curious to try Mung bean and edamame noodles. I’be had the shirataki noodles before and I’m a lover of zoodles and spaghetti squash. So…I’m game. And hell if you add pancetta to it #letsgo

  9. I did like green foods when I was younger. My Mom always served us veggies and fruits– she’s a very healthy cook- then we would go to my Dad’s and have Captain Crunch and Chocolate pie for dinner… if he remembered to actually serve us dinner.

  10. You reminded me of something when you said explore Asia. I was chatting at the gym with somebody that had just come back from China and this little old lady pipes up and says she once dated a ninja. That resulted in group silence for a minute. Seems she was working in Beijing doing social work between university terms and a ninja climbed down this huge wall and gave her flowers and asked her out she accepted and dated for a time and that is all she would tell us. Any time you try to get details she just gives you the Buddha smile.

  11. OK, not my thing but I shared! :) I am useless with greek mythology & my memory sucks on all things school related.. :)

    Not a bacon person but Kevin… :) Have you seen his new commercials – so funny!!!

    • I didn’t think I was a bacon person either, but grass-fed beef bacon and I are now besties. Just like YOU AND ME! 😉

  12. That looks so delicious!! I love bacon but only when it’s really crispy! I’ll have to try this out! #wowlinkup

    • I need to try cooking this bacon CRISPY style … I have no doubt in my mind that it will be AMAZING!! 😉

  13. I love all things pasta and this would be no exception!!! I think I could even trick my husband into eating…of course, the twins produce a double typhoon (probably stronger then that one from way back in the 1800s!) whenever I try to get them to eat anything “new.” It’s exhausting.

  14. I don’t know that I liked green foods when I was younger, but I definitely didn’t revolt like you did haha.

    I love that brand of noodles/pastas/etc. I got some at Expo East last year, but unfortunately not this fancy green one. Fingers crossed…

  15. OMG that was a blast! I also didn’t like the greens growing up but I didn’t blow up as much as you hahaha! But I think I will give green pasta a try soon!


  16. Bacon is one of the most repulsive things to me. So efffffing gross. I’m all about that root veggie cream sauce though.

  17. Artichoke puree, now that’s a new one to me. And I love it! Gimme dem chokes! 😀

  18. Mature? Me? Inconceivable! Fun stuff. Glad you can now tolerate green food. :-)

  19. Gluten and diary free pasta? Hrm, I just may have to give that a try. Why the hell not, since I cook on the weekdays anyway lol. This really does look good Gigi.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

    • I am glad you think it looks good!!!! I promise you I was pleasantly surprised :) Hope you entered the giveaway!!

  20. I’d be into the vegetable cream sauce. Parsnips are also excellent for this:)

    • Yes! We thought about that but then decided to go the artichoke route because it was a little something different! 😉

  21. I would have liked broccoli if they didn’t overcook it so much until it was light green bleh! Now I love green veggies!!! #wowlinkup

    • Did you ever get forced to eat broccoli with cheese all over it? The cheese did NOTHING for the veggie…. I would always just eat off the cheese and that’s it! LMFAO

  22. I’ve been meaning to try mung bean pasta for a while now! It sounds really tasty. Haha, I wasn’t a picky eater as a child, but plenty of my friends were- and still are! Won’t eat anything if there’s green on their plate. Makes it hard for me to cook for them but… to each their own!

  23. YAY for bacon!! Loving your videos :) so much fun! I don’t think I disliked greens as a child….maybe you should ask my mom, though 😛

  24. Sounds like the same kind of storm that would go through Wade’s (my fiance’s) kitchen at home if his parents tried to get him to eat anything if it wasn’t chicken fingers, french fries, cereal, or pizza….I wish I were kidding. Luckily he has matured as well! His palette anyways. 😉 And I actually did enjoy green things as a child, unlike my better half. My parents didn’t have a picky eater with me!

    • Girl, I have a situation like that going on in my life too – NOTHING GREEN passes HIS lips, no matter what (he hasn’t matured, LOL)- it’s a sad sad day!!!!! HA!

      Your parents are SUPER LUCKY – btw! ha ha! I am sure my parents would have LOVED to trade me in if they could!

  25. This sounds awesome! 😀 I’m not sure I actually ever tried artichokes when I was little. The earliest memory I have of eating it was when I was 18, haha. I liked it though! :] I think I was pretty good about eating veggies as a kid though! The only thing I didn’t like was eggplant!

    • Man I don’t even know the earliest memory of eating artichokes for me was!! But I remember I used to love to eat the leaves with aoli when I started MATURING – ha! Now I love those dang hearts!!!!

      Do you like eggplant NOW?

  26. Lol carbonara is a tough word don’t worry about it 😉

    I’ve never had or seen Jerusalem artichokes but they sound like a good ingredient to try now that spring/summer is coming (I think? Haha)

    I HAVE to try nutritional yeast. Idk how many recipes I’m going to have to see containing it before I try it!

    • YOU DO need to try nutritional yeast!! I was a skeptic at first but it’s pretty dang good, if I wanted I probably could dig a spoon in there and chow down, because…… I am weird like that, LOL!

  27. I didn’t mind green food – and green mint chocolate chip icecream – girl sign me up!! As an adult about 80% of my daily eats are green – smoothies, salads, and hopefully my pasta too! Love your posts, they always make me smile!!

    • Girl, as an adult…. TONS of my eats are green too!!! I FRIGGIN’ love green, it’s actually my favorite color TOO! BAH AH!!! Oh how the tables TURN! 😉

      AND THANK YOU – I love you and love that you take the time to come visit me every week!

  28. Wow, artichoke puree. I’m totally intrigued! :-)

    I’m a great lover of pasta and your recipe sounds amazing. Gluten and diary free pasta, that’s something I’ve never tried, but will definitely have to!!

    Love the video! 😀

    • YES you definitely need to try it out and let me know what you think! It’s SUPER high in protein, great for the veggies of the world!!

  29. Oh wow, artichokes + bacon = heaven. This looks amazing!! I’ve never heard of that pasta before, but it sounds amazing too. Love this recipe!

    • :) Thanks Melanie. I hope you get to try this pasta out, it’s pretty awesome if you ask me… And it was totally a fly by the seat of your pants kind of recipe!

  30. This recipe is so ingenious and awesome I would like to a bowl of that right now for breakfast with nutritional yeast please!

    • Coming from you, I am COMPLETELY flattered!!! You come up with some of the most off the cuff recipes on the internet, so WOO WOO – I am high fiving myself over here!!!

      PS: it would make a pretty BOMB breakfast if you ask me!

  31. Look’s GOOOD I’ll look for these noodles and give this a try. Glad to see you back hmm what’s NEW!!!
    or do I have to guess :)

    • Submit to the giveaway!!! You might not even have to look for the noodles! 😉

      And yes, you have to GUESS – ha ha! Sorry I went MIA for a week, lets hope that doesn’t happen again for a little while, but sometimes last minute travels just get in the way!

  32. Hahaha – Dudette…that’s just too funny Typhoon GiGi unleashed every time you saw any green foods – but you still managed to eat mint ice cream?!?!?!
    I am totally intrigued by that moong bean and edamame pasta – and beef bacon!

    • I really hope you put your name into the giveaway pot because these noodles are friggin’ awesome and I KNOW you would come up with some creative recipe that would blow your taste buds out of the water!

  33. Mmmmm… bacon and eggs. And pasta. I must try this. I love me some edamame.

  34. gluten free! how awesome! I’ve never had them but I think I need to!

  35. Erin from Long Island says:

    This recipe sounds SO good! I love all things artichoke!

    I at green stuff as a kid. I loved Popeye and therefore spinach, plus I ate broccoli and green beans all the time. The only thing I didn’t like, and still don’t, is lima beans. BLECH!

    • HA! Popeye worked for some kids I see!!!! I don’t think I ever watched him, thus… I was never influenced!

      Lima Beans… hmmmm NOT SURE the last time I ever had those……. So I cannot say whether or not I dislike them just like you, ha!

  36. The artichoke cream sauce sounds awesome!

  37. Yes to bacon! I used to be the same way about greens, except I always loved broccoli! I think its because my grandmother got me to like it by serving it in melted butter. I mean who could resist that? I too would have rejected any kind of green pasta…but now this is right up my alley!

    • Oh girl, when I was younger, I could resist the broccoli, even in butter -ha ha! My mom used to smother it in cheese and I would just eat the cheese. Who does my mother think I am? An idiot? LOL!!!!!

      I hope you entered the giveaway because this pasta is a MUST TRY!

  38. I’ve never been turned off by green foods. The greener the better!

  39. Had to sleep, answers to the quiz; I can’t have face book because of work, There is a couple models/actresses I would baste in chicken gravy :) How about lasagna GiGi style

  40. Ohhh snap! Looks yuumy!! But girl, what up with the bowl? It’s less bowl, more plate. Need more bowl which equals more food! Lol. I get it though, it’s classy. I’m used to eating out of metal salad bowls! Haha.
    But for reals, great giveaway. I’ve never tried those noodles, hopefully I win so I can….weeee!!!
    Bacon – YAY! Honestly though, it was nay for a long time fore me until I realized that delicious grass-fed animal fat is so fabulous for you.
    I’m also looking forward to trying the artichoke cream sauce…great idea!

    • Vianessa and I found this fancy bowl at a restaurant store down the street. Lets be real though, that’s for presentation purposes ONLY – when the cameras weren’t rolling… We ate out of the pot – DUH! BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AHA HA!

      And if you can believe it, this recipe was the first time I had bacon since I was…. 8 years old because I never ever ever tried grass-fed beef bacon before – and this one doesn’t have SUGAR! It’s sooo friggin’ hard to find ANY kind of bacon made without sugar!

  41. you went to boarding school? no way! and i want to try this pasta, hijack the giveaway please! And i did eat green things when i was younger… green jello. ICK.. guity

    • Yes, Yes I did… I went to boarding school for snowboarding, ha! 😉

      Oh man, Jello… Brings back BAD memories from boarding school, LOL!

  42. i think mint chocolate chip ice cream was about it….now, i eat all of the green!!! except cucumbers. i just can’t

  43. Hell yes to mint chico chip ice cream- especially from Baskin Robbins! I feel like I am in the minority but just the thought of bacon skeeves me out…can’t do it!

    • OMG Baskin Robins! I haven’t been there in 2298328743 ages!!!! I could really, truly use some right now! ha ha!

      And you know what? I am not so much a bacon person either but the fact that this bacon that I am using is BEEF and 100% grass-fed makes it far better 😉

  44. We have Explore Asian here and….you could buy a small child with the price.

    low CARB carbonara. Come at me.

  45. We’ve talked about my laziness with cooking – sooooooo can you just send me some kthanksloveyoubye

  46. I have several packages of Explore Asian fettuccini in my cupboard. Now if I can figure how to replace the eggs and bacon :-)

  47. I love that mung bean pasta, especially since I’m not a huge fan of the ‘zoodles’ in recipes, so this is right up my alley! I just read your Food Babe rant and have to applaud you for actually speaking your mind in such a touchy world we reside in. You’ve got some ladyballs, girl! :-)

    • Ha Ha! my ladyballs are large and in charge, and sometimes…… They get me into trouble – ha ha ha ha ha! Small price to pay for actually being taken seriously most of the time though.

  48. I think I was pretty good at eating green food when I was young, although if I ate broccoli it NEEDED to have cheese on it lol.

  49. I confess that I liked most green foods when I was a kid, but Brussels sprouts were not an option. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  50. This sounds wonderful, Gigi…love the artichoke thrown in there. Your videos are always so much fun. xo, Catherine

  51. I can’t picture you railing for your noodles! Scarlet is like that now and Cassidy was saying it has no nutritional benefit to her at all and we should stop giving it!
    I’m not skeptical of this cream sauce, no!

    • LMFAO!!!!!!!! Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!!!!!!! 😉

      I swear Scarlet and I would be besties if we lived near each other, so many similarities… And I could be such a “great” influence on her – lol!

  52. That is the most interesting pasta I’ve ever seen, made out of edamame and mung bean – wtf is mung bean?!?! I’d totally try it but 20 bucks a bag yo? Nuh Uh. Gluten please. Lol I LOVE me some carbonara, probably because of the bacon or pancetta – depend on preference. :) MmM now I’m hungry – where’s the cheese?? Are you insane making pasta with no cheese?! Nuh uh, gotta have some Parmesan with that Carbonara Lol 😛 Have a great weekend GiGi! -Iva

    • LMFAO!!!! Your comments always make me laugh. I can’t even! You need to come to my kitchen ASAP and make something with me, I need to change your skeptic ways! 😉

      And yes the bags may be expensive but that’s why I am hosting a give-away YO!!! Jump ON IT!

  53. we’ve discussed this, i too was like ivan the atrocious with greens when I was younger, legit would say “no green things” until I was 22…OH HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

  54. I’m not a pasta fan unless it’s made out of weird things. Mung beans and edamame totally pass the test! Plus, bacon. I like! I do actually like a bit of greek mythology too – they were like the original soap operas.

    • THIS recipe is RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY then! 😉 Weird = the BEST!!!

      And OMG – that was poetic!!!!!! Mythology – the original soap operas! lol!

  55. I actually did like green foods in the form of veggies as a kid. I was that weird kid that ate everything… guess not much has changed in that department… I’m not a picky eater. I love ALL pasta, I don’t discriminate, and this sounds de-freakin-licious! I have never tried that brand, but I HAVE explored Asia! Taiwan and Japan awesome. China- wasn’t the biggest fan. Yes for bacon.

  56. Love this dish, Gigi, and you and Vianessa make a great team. I learned something important today – I’ve never heard of beef bacon! Can’t wait to find it and try it.
    I believe that you were like a tornado because I was too. Drove my parents insane! lol
    And yes, I’ve been in a very wicked tornado where most of the homes in my neighbourhood were flattened but we were lucky with minor damage. It really does sound like a train coming down the street!
    I also just missed the big tsunami in Phucket and I’ve been in 2 earthquakes in British Columbia. So probably people should steer clear of me, lol.
    I will be making this dish – great recipe, funny girl!

    • US WELLNESS MEATS is where I found my grass-fed beef bacon and it’s AMAZING!!! 😀 😀 😀

      OMG I cannot believe you could have been in that tsunami, that is the scariest thought! If I were in it, I certainly would have been a goner! I am thrilled you missed it!

  57. This sounds absolutely AMAZING!! Want and need this in my life right now! I literally just finished saying how I was craving Carbonara!

    • Isn’t it ironic how life works like that?!?!?!?! I feel like I always start talking about something I want/need and then POOF, everyone is talking about it! LOL!

  58. Hi GiGi,
    I am lucky I lived to adulthood. There were so many foods that I would not eat as a child. I spent many tortuous hours staring at green peas, okra, zucchini and other mushy green veggies.Thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo Pasta Carbonararecipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing!

    • HA HA AHA! I am right there with you, with my crummy diet when I was younger, I have no clue how I made it to NOW! LOL

  59. Artichoke cream sauce sounds delish! YUM!

  60. I think I tolerated foods that were green as a kid, but didn’t beg for them. curious about the pasta, hows the texture on this one?

  61. Heather in VA says:

    The only green food I would not eat growing up was English peas. My kids eat anything and everything green.

  62. Since I’m gone paleo, I’m interested in trying out your recipes. Because I’m doing this link up late, I missed the giveaway, damn. Thanks for the recipe and linking up at #wowlinkup

    • Let me know what you think if you try a variation of this recipe – you can always use spaghetti squash!

      Also, if you make any other recipes I have, do let me know what you think!

  63. Wow. Definitely need to make this! Thanks for he giveaway! Pinning! Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! Can’t wait to see what you have lined up for this week.

    Her Organized Chaos

  64. Edamame and mung bean fetticcine? Here is how I could finally start eating those terrible but healthy beans!

    • YES DO IT!! These noodles are awesome!! I have 2 bags left and I almost want to send them to you because I want to show you that they’re TASTY!

  65. This sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to try that pasta, your dish sounds delicious!


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