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Carbonara Pasta

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Carbonara pasta is a tasty Italian meal. It's quick and easy to make a filling pasta dish complete with a creamy homemade white sauce.
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  1. CARBONARA PASTA INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CARBONARA PASTA RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Carbonara pasta is a classic Italian recipe that is surprisingly easy to make. This creamy, rich pasta has a sauce made by mixing cooked heavy cream and egg. The sauce is smothered over the top of a pile of noodles and topped with Romano cheese and crunchy bacon.

If you’re looking for a couple more classic creamy pasta recipes, you have to give these a try! This Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce is so flavorful and delicious, it’s perfect over any type of pasta. And Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is an easy way to make a satisfying pasta dish.

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Creamy Garlic Pasta | One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta


CARBONARA PASTA INGREDIENTS

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You will need: 

  • 1 package fettuccini, 500g
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream, 33%
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 cup real crumbled bacon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pasta: While carbonara is traditionally made with long noodles, any style of noodles would work for this recipe. To stick with a longer noodle you could also use, spaghetti, angel hair, or linguini. If you want a bite-size noodle you can use penne, rotini, or bowtie noodles.

Cheese: You can also use grated parmesan cheese in place of the Romano cheese or a mixture of both.

Bacon: You can make your own bacon crumbles by baking it in the oven and cutting it up. You can also use store-bought packaged bacon bits. Alternatively, you could swap out the bacon for diced ham as well.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CARBONARA PASTA RECIPE

STEP ONE: Cook pasta in a saucepan until tender, about 10to12 minutes. Drain then place cooked pasta in a large bowl. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large skillet cook olive oil, onion, and minced garlic over medium-high heat until onions are tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape all this into the bowl of noodles.

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STEP THREE: In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream over low heat until it starts steaming, not simmering as you don’t want this too hot. 

STEP FOUR: Scoop 3 tablespoons of heated cream into the bowl with beaten eggs and whisk until well mixed.

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STEP FIVE: Whisk eggs into the cream in a pot. Stir this constantly, still heating over the lowest heat, until it reaches a temperature of 160F. 

PRO TIP: It is very important to whisk constantly and remove from heat as soon as it reaches 160F so that you don’t scramble the eggs. 

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STEP SIX: Pour over the noodle mixture immediately, don’t let the mixture sit in the saucepan longer or the eggs will start to scramble. Toss to mix. 

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STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle Romano cheese, bacon, salt, and pepper over top and toss to mix. Sprinkle minced parsley over top before serving. 

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STEP EIGHT: Serve hot. 

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers in a sealed food storage container then place in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing leftover carbonara pasta. The sauce does not freeze well, as the ingredients will separate when thawed.

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This delicious carbonara pasta recipe makes for a creamy and flavorful pasta dish. If you are a fan of white sauce on your pasta, then you will surely love this traditional meal. It will have you feeling transported to your favorite Italian restaurant, right in the comfort of your own home.

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Carbonara Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Carbonara pasta is a tasty Italian meal. It's quick and easy to make a filling pasta dish complete with a creamy homemade white sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package fettuccini 500g
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream 33%
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese grated
  • 1 cup real crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta in 2 Quart saucepan until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain then place cooked pasta in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large 32 inch skillet cook olive oil, onion, and minced garlic over medium-high heat until onions are tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape all this into the bowl of noodles.
  • In a small 1-quart saucepan heat heavy cream over low heat until it starts steaming, not simmering you don’t want this too hot.
  • Scoop 3 tablespoons of heated cream into the bowl with beaten eggs and whisk until well mixed.
  • Whisk eggs into the cream in the pot. Stir this constantly over the lowest heat until it reaches a temperature of 160F.
    TIP: Very important to whisk constantly and remove from heat as soon as it reaches 160F so that you don’t scramble the eggs.
  • Pour over the noodle mixture immediately, don’t let the mixture sit in the saucepan longer or the eggs will start to scramble. Toss to mix.
  • Sprinkle Romano cheese, bacon, salt, and pepper over top and toss to mix.
  • Sprinkle minced parsley over top before serving.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 277mg | Sodium: 938mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 902IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2mg
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