Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!

If you love bacon…and you love pasta…you’re going to LOVE this Pasta Carbonara recipe!
I love to try recipes created by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Love her recipes, photos and sense of humor. This recipe is adapted from her version of this classic pasta dish. I only made a couple of changes to fit our tastebuds.
This pasta carbonara recipe is RIDICULOUS! I’m not kidding…the smell of the bacon, onions, and garlic is amazing as it cooks away in the kitchen.

I made this (again!) for my husband and I last night and we both LOVED it. We might have even exclaimed several times out loud… “Oh my gosh…this is sooooo good!” Honestly, it is quite simple to make, very economical, and if that’s not enough…it’s incredibly delicious! I’ve made it with spaghetti noodles (as in pic above) and with fettucine noodles. Any pasta will do!

The pasta carbonara recipe makes enough for four generous servings. Since our sons are grown and it is now just the two of us taking up space in our home, we have LEFTOVERS! Yes…this pasta dish is truly a good thing. Hope you will try the recipe and LOVE it!  Here’s how to make it:

How To Make Pasta Carbonara

Bring water in pan to a boil to cook the pasta. While the water is coming to a boil, fry the bacon in a large skillet, until crisp. Drain most of the bacon grease, but leave approx. 2 TBSP bacon grease in the skillet.

Remove and drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel. When it has cooled, crumble the bacon into small pieces.

Bacon is cooked until crisp, for the pasta sauce.

Return the skillet you cooked the bacon in to the stove. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown (3-4 minutes).

Carefully add the garlic, and continue cooking/stirring for one minute (don’t let that garlic burn!). Throw the bacon back in, too, while you’re at it!

Cooking the onions and mushrooms for the pasta sauce.

The crumbled crisp bacon is added to the carbonara sauce.

Time To Make The Pasta Carbonara Sauce

Now it’s time to make the pasta carbonara sauce. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together.

IMPORTANT – “Temper” The Eggs

Because there are fresh eggs in the sauce, you will want to “temper” them. All this means is introducing hot liquid very slowly into the mixture so when you add the hot pasta to the sauce, the eggs won’t scramble. Okay? It’s EASY.  Don’t freak out… here’s what you do:

Take about 6 Tablespoons (one at a time) of the starchy hot water from your pasta (when it is about half way cooked). SLOWLY (yes, I mean a SLOW DRIZZLE) add the water, one Tablespoon at a time to the egg mixture, stirring continuously.

This helps to warm up the egg mixture a bit. After the eggs have been tempered, slowly pour the mixture into the skillet with the bacon mixture while the heat is on low. Stir continuously, until the egg mixture is fully blended in with the bacon mixture.

Eggs, whipping cream, spices and Parmesan cheese are the base for the carbonara sauce.

The egg mixture is mixed together and eggs are tempered before adding to hot skillet.

Once the egg mixture has been tempered, it is added to the hot skillet.

The tempered egg mixture is added to the skillet to make pasta carbonara sauce.

Now the pasta carbonara sauce is ready to go! The next step is to add the cooked pasta to the sauce!

Pasta Carbonara6Pasta carbonara sauce is fully blended, and is ready for cooked pasta to be added.

Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the sauce. Toss well, to fully combine the pasta and the sauce. Once everything is heated through, the pasta carbonara is ready to serve!

Serve The Pasta Carbonara

When ready to serve, place portions onto each dinner plate. If desired, garnish the pasta carbonara with additional bacon crumbles, parsley, and grated Parmesan cheese. This is optional, but it looks (and tastes) good.

Dig in, and enjoy this hearty pasta dish! I bet you will love it!

A plate with a serving of pasta carbonara, and a slice of french bread.

Hope you enjoy this pasta carbonara dish! It really tastes fantastic! Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Recipe Adapted From: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/05/pasta-carbonara/

Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!

Category: Entree, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta carbonara
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 557 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion , chopped finely
  • 4 mushrooms , chopped (optional-I added them)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used 1/2 c. "real" and 1/4 c. Kraft "green container")
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add more later, to taste!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 lb. pasta (have made this with spaghetti & fettucine noodles...use whatever type pasta you enjoy).
Instructions
  1. While water is coming to a boil for pasta, fry the bacon until crisp. Drain most of the bacon grease from skillet, but leave approx. 2 TBSP bacon grease in the skillet. Remove and drain bacon pieces on a paper towel. When cool, crumble the bacon into small pieces.

  2. Return the skillet you cooked the bacon in, to the stove. Add the onions and mushrooms, and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown (3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, and continue cooking for about a minute, stirring often (don't let that garlic burn!). Throw the bacon back in, too, while you're at it!

  3. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together using a whisk or fork. Because there are fresh eggs in the sauce, you will want to "temper" them. All this means is introducing hot liquid very slowly into the mixture so when you add the hot pasta to the sauce, the eggs won't scramble. Okay? It's EASY. Wait...what???? Don't freak out...Here's what you do:

  4. Take about 6 Tablespoons (one at a time) of the starchy hot water from your pasta (when it is about half way cooked). SLOWLY (yes, I mean a SLOW DRIZZLE) add the water, one Tablespoon at a time to the egg mixture, stirring continuously. This helps to warm up the egg mixture a bit. Once "tempered", slowly pour the mixture into the skillet with the bacon mixture while the heat is on low, stirring continuously, until egg mixture is fully blended in with the bacon mixture.
  5. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and add it to the sauce, stirring the pasta into the sauce the entire time. Cook on low for an additional 1-2 minutes (but do not boil) till pasta/sauce is heated through. Garnish with additional shredded parmesan cheese and bacon pieces, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Carbonara
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6) of total)
Calories 557 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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