Pasta Carbonara
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Pasta Carbonara

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This easy Pasta Carbonara recipe can be put together in just over 30 minutes. It is full of flavor with green peas, crispy bacon and a creamy carbonara sauce. Your family will beg for this for dinner and it easy enough to make anytime.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

Is the ultimate Italian family dinner meal that has lots of flavor and is perfect for a busy family on the go. It is easy enough for a weeknight family dinner. But elegant enough that you could serve it at your next dinner party.

My favorite thing about pasta carbonara is that you can customize it to your liking. Traditional carbonara does not include peas, but I love the extra flavor and texture that it adds. You can also add cream as I did, or you can keep it more authentic and use pasta water. I have even seen people add mushrooms and other vegetables.

Pasta Carbonara Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Water
  • Spaghetti or linguine
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Peas
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parsley, for garnish
Easy Pasta Carbonara

How To Make Pasta Carbonara

Start of by getting a large pot and adding 8 cups of water to it. Add a pinch of salt and let the water come to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil cut the bacon into 1/2 inch strips. Then get a large skillet and put over medium-high heat.

Add the bacon to the preheated skillet and cook until it is completely browned. As soon as the bacon is done remove pan from heat. With a slotted spoon remove bacon and place on paper towel to drain, set aside. Save 1 Tablespoon of bacon rendering in pan and dispose of the rest.

Now add the spaghetti noodles to the boiling water and cook one minute less than the directions on the box, or until cooked al dente.

Grab a medium bowl and add two large eggs. Then separate the yolk from the remaining 4 eggs and add the yolk to the bowl. Add ground black pepper, salt, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

Place skillet back on stove and turn heat to medium-low. Add garlic to bacon renderings and saute for 30 seconds. This should be just enough to brown the garlic. Add peas to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes, or until they have completely thawed.

Drain al dente spaghetti, then place cooked spaghetti in the skillet. Slowly pour carbonara sauce mixture over noodles while tossing to coat noodles. Add bacon back to the skillet and toss to incorporate

Remove from heat and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Continue to toss spaghetti until the sauce has thickened. When plating the pasta add additional Parmesan cheese and parsley to pasta carbonara.

Spaghetti Carbonara

How To Reheat Pasta Carbonara

The best way to reheat pasta carbonara is in a skillet. Put the past in a skillet and cook on medium high. Cook until the pasta is completely reheated. Make sure to toss the pasta through the entire reheating process. If the pasta is dried out from cooking you can add a tablespoon of heavy cream or a teaspoon of olive oil. Toss and repeat until the pasta is no longer dry.

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Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

This easy Pasta Carbonara recipe can be put together in just over 30 minutes. It is full of flavor with green peas, crispy bacon and a creamy carbonara sauce. Your family will beg for this for dinner and it easy enough to make anytime.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Carbonara, Pasta Carbonara Recipe, Spaghetti Carbonara
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 490kcal

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Slices bacon cut into ½ pieces
  • 8 Cups water
  • 1 Pound spaghetti
  • 3 Cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 4 Large egg yolks
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Cup heavy cream
  • Cups finely grated Pamesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley , for garnish
  • 1 Cup frozen peas

Instructions

  • Preheat a large skillet on medium high, add the bacon and cook it until it is browned. As soon as the bacon is done remove pan from heat. With a slotted spoon remove bacon and place on paper towel to drain, set aside. Save 1 Tablespoon of bacon rendering in pan and dispose of the rest.
  • Boil 8 cups of water with a dash of salt in a large pot. Then, the add spaghetti and cook one minute less than the directions on the box, or until cooked al dente.
  • In medium bowl add eggs, egg yolks, heavy cream, salt, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Mix ingredients and set aside.
  • Place skillet back on stove and turn heat to medium-low. Add garlic to bacon renderings and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add peas to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes, or until they have completely thawed.
  • Drain al dente spaghetti, then place cooked spaghetti in the skillet. Slowly pour carbonara sauce mixture over noodles while tossing to coat noodles. Add bacon back to the skillet and toss to incorporate.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Continue to toss spaghetti until the sauce has thickened.
  • Sprinkle parsley and Parmesan cheese over pasta, plate and enjoy.

Notes

  • Use fresh grated Parmesan cheese. This will make the sauce much creamier.
  • For a healthier option you can replace heavy cream with 1 cup of saved pasta water.
*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.2g | Fat: 21.8g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 298mg | Sodium: 735mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 1.5g | Vitamin D: 23µg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 4mg

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5 Comments

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  2. This looks really good, and I think that including the reheat tips is so helpful as well x

    Sophie

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! Love carbonara — never been able to reheat it! Thanks for the tips!!!