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Creamy Bacon Carbonara

Creamy Bacon Carbonara

I finally found a carbonara recipe that I love. The sauce is so creamy, cheesy and so good.

The best part is that the pickiest eater gobbled this down and my other boy had seconds!

It was pretty easy to throw the whole thing together.  I felt like it was the perfect Sunday meal served with a side salad and garlic bread!

If you want a quick and easy delicious meal in just minutes, this is the dish. This pasta carbonara only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!

It is simply delicious and so easy to make at home. Everyone will be raving over this incredible creamy pasta!

What you need to make creamy bacon carbonara:

Simplicity is key with this carbonara meal! The use of good quality ingredients is a must though!

For a fully traditional carbonara recipe, use pancetta instead of bacon.

  • Eggs- all you need is just the yolks!
  • Cream or Heavy Cream  (Whipping Cream)- half and half will work but for a rich, creamy blend heavy whipping cream is my preference.
  • Parmesan- use a sharp, hard cheese of parmesan that is shaved instead of grated for a less gritty texture on your pasta.
  • Fresh diced Parsley or dried flakes- fresh and chopped up very fine add color and some fragrant garnish.
  • Salt- season to your liking.
  • Red Pepper flakes- a little kick of heat to help aid in flavor.
  • Bacon- a good thick cut bacon or even a high quality standard cut of bacon will make a difference.
  • Mushrooms chopped- this is optional but I love mushrooms and can’t leave them out.
  • Onion chopped- this is optional but adds a great flavor.
  • Pasta- linguine is my favorite but spaghetti will work great too.
bacon on the skillet

How to make creamy bacon carbonara:

This recipe is simple to make but is a little delicate if made too fast.

  • Prepare the pasta: cook the pasta according to the package.
  • Start the Sauce: beat the eggs, cream, Parmesan, parsley, salt and the red pepper together in a bowl. I just used a fork but a whisk will work great too.
  • Fry the bacon: until it is crisp, then crumble and set aside.
  • Saute: With 1 -2 Tbsp. bacon grease, sauté the onion and the mushrooms until the onions are translucent and golden.
  • Drain the pasta: While it is still warm, add to the onions and mushrooms.
  • Pour: cream mixture into the pasta, and stir over low heat for one to two minutes. Don’t do this on high heat, or you will make scrambled eggs.
  • Serve it hot: with additional Parmesan, and a loaf of Crusty French bread and a salad.
eggs and seasonings in a skillet

What is carbonara?

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale, and black pepper.

The dish arrived at its modern form, with its current name, in the middle of the 20th century.

How to make it a traditional carbonara recipe:

If you want to make this a more authentic carbonara recipe mix the cream and use pancetta or guanciale which is a pork jowl.

You can find at most specialty Italian supermarkets or in some unique grocery stores.

Just keep in mind that when substituting the heavy cream it will result in a dish that may be a bit drier, hence not quite a creamy carbonara.

For pasta you can also use fettuccine, rigatoni, or bucatini.

egg and seasoning cooking in a skillet

Can you Store Carbonara?

Yes! If you have any left overs, store in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

When reheating, warm over low heat until the sauce is warm.

You may need to add a 1 tablespoon of milk or cream to keep a creamy consistency.

Unfortunately, carbonara pasta does not freeze well with the creams and pasta.

The pasta can become mushy and the creamy sauce can separate when reheating. Making it a day ahead will work great too.

This is a quick and easy recipe to make ahead of time but best to serve hot.

Tips for creamy bacon carbonara:

Getting carbonara just right can take some practice. So don’t worry if your carbonara sauce is a little lumpy the first time you make it.

  • Have you sauce completely prepared before starting on the pasta. You will want your pasta hot when making the egg mixture.
  • You will not want to cook the sauce or you will make scrambled eggs.
  • When stirring the egg mixture into the pasta it needs to be quickly but not hot enough to scramble the egg.
  • An easy add in to this pasta are chicken, shrimp, ham and more vegetables.
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is best. Avoid pre-shredded parmesan. It does not melt smoothly when heating over the stove.
  • Powdered grated parmesan cheese can be used if necessary.
  • Double the sauce for it to be saucy enough.
  • I also put the sauce on low whisking consistently while I cooked the noodles because I wanted the eggs to cook enough.  You have to watch it though or your sauce will turn into scrambled eggs.
creamy bacon carbonara

Looking for more Italian recipes?! Try these!

creamy bacon carbonara

Creamy Bacon Carbonara

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 6

Creamy Bacon Carbonara is a classic Italian creamy pasta, bacon, mushrooms and onions cooked together and tossed in a cheesy egg mixture for an easy 30 minute meal!  A quick and easy dinner that is made in minutes!

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Cream or Heavy Cream   Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • Fresh diced Parsley or dried flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • * I doubled the Sauce recipe, and it was perfect
  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 3 mushrooms chopped opt
  • 1 small onion chopped opt
  • 1/2 pound pasta

(** I doubled the sauce recipe and I saved a bit of the pasta water, just in case my sauce got thicker than I liked – simply add a bit if you need).

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Bacon Carbonara

Amount Per Serving

Calories 385 Calories from Fat 198

% Daily Value*

Fat 22g34%

Saturated Fat 9g45%

Cholesterol 97mg32%

Sodium 450mg19%

Potassium 235mg7%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 14g28%

Vitamin A 332IU7%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 94mg9%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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