Creamy Bacon Carbonara | Critic’s recipe

Creamy Bacon Carbonara |  Critic’s recipe

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Creamy Bacon Carbonara is a classic Italian creamy pasta. Bacon, mushrooms, and onions are cooked together and tossed in a rich, cheesy egg yolk sauce for an easy 30-minute meal! Quick and easy dinner prepared in minutes!

Pasta is a weekly meal special in our house! If you love pasta as much as we do, try this Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pasta, this easy and delicious Creamy Bacon Chicken and Broccoli Ranch Pasta or one of our favorites, Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta.

Creamy bacon carbonara on a white plate.

Creamy bacon carbonara

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with eggs, hard cheese, guanciale, and black pepper. I finally found a carbonara recipe that I love. The sauce is so creamy, cheesy, and so good. Best of all, my pickiest eater devoured this, and my other son had seconds! It was very easy to put the whole thing together. I felt like it was the perfect Sunday meal served with a side salad and garlic bread! This is the dish if you want a delicious, quick and easy meal in just minutes. This creamy bacon carbonara only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!

They are simply delicious and easy to make at home. Everyone will rave about this amazing creamy pasta! I know a lot of people worry about the sauce breaking down because of the egg. It was easier than I thought! Just go low and slow. You will totally succeed! Once you try this recipe, you’ll want to try this easy pasta carbonara too. it is delicious!

Bacon on the pan

ingredients

Simplicity is key with this Creamy Bacon Carbonara! Using good quality ingredients is a must! For a completely traditional carbonara recipe, use pancetta instead of bacon. You can find the exact measurements below in the recipe card.

  • egg: All you need is an egg yolk!
  • Textures heavy whipping cream: Half and half will work, but for a rich, creamy mixture, heavy whipping cream is my favorite.
  • Parmesan: Use sharp, hard Parmesan cheese that is shaved instead of grated for a less coarse texture on pasta.
  • parsley: Fresh and finely chopped, this adds color and some aromatic garnish.
  • salt: Season to your liking.
  • Red pepper flakes: Red pepper adds a little heat to the recipe.
  • bacon: A good thick cut of bacon or even a good quality standard cut of bacon will make a difference. You can also use pancetta, which is the traditional meat in the dish.
  • Mushrooms: This is optional, but I love mushrooms and can’t leave them up.
  • Onion: This is optional but adds great flavour.
  • macaroni: Linguine is my favorite, but spaghetti would be great too.
Eggs and seasonings in a skillet ready to prepare the bacon carbonara sauce.

Creamy Bacon Carbonara Recipe

This creamy bacon carbonara recipe is easy to make but a little delicate. Don’t try to rush this recipe! The eggs will scramble if the pan is too hot, so be sure to take your time so you don’t end up with a scrambled mess. It’s not a difficult recipe. You just have to be a little patient.

  1. beats: Whisk eggs, cream, Parmesan, parsley, salt and red pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Fry: Fry the bacon until it becomes crispy, then crumble it and leave it aside.
  3. fried: With 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat, saute the onions and mushrooms until the onions are translucent and golden.
  4. sink: Drain the pasta, and while it is still warm, add the onions and mushrooms.
  5. Collecting: Pour the cream mixture into the pasta and stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Do this over low heat, otherwise you will make scrambled eggs.
  6. appetizers: Served with extra parmesan cheese.
Cook eggs and spices in a frying pan

Tips and tricks

This creamy bacon carbonara is actually a simple sauce with noodles. You will fall in love with how much flavor it has! Here are some tips for making the most of this recipe.

  • Authentic carbonara: If you want to make this carbonara recipe more authentic, mix in the cream and use pancetta or guanciale, which is pork. You can find it in most specialty Italian supermarkets or in some unique grocery stores. Just keep in mind that when you substitute heavy cream, it will result in a dish that may be a little drier, and therefore not quite as creamy carbonara.
  • Don’t scramble eggs: Did you prepare the sauce completely before starting to make the pasta? You will need the pasta to be hot when preparing the egg mixture. You won’t want to cook sauce or make scrambled eggs. When stirring the egg mixture into the pasta, it should be brisk but not hot enough to mix the eggs.
  • Add protein: A great way to make this meal filling and well-rounded is to add a protein such as chicken, shrimp, or pork.
  • Double the sauce: I doubled the sauce recipe and reserved a little of the pasta water, just in case the sauce turns out to be thicker than I like – just add a little more if you need.

Creamy bacon carbonara

Storing leftovers

You can definitely stock up on leftover creamy bacon carbonara. The key is to reheat them very slowly so you don’t risk breaking the sauce. I do not recommend freezing this dish due to the presence of cream in the sauce. Here’s how to store and reheat the dish.

  • In the refrigerator: You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat: When reheating, heat over low heat until sauce is warm. You may need to add a tablespoon of milk or cream to maintain a creamy consistency.

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  • Whisk eggs, cream, Parmesan, parsley, salt and red pepper together in a bowl.

  • Fry the bacon until crispy, then crumble it and set aside.

  • With 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat, saute the onions and mushrooms until the onions are translucent and golden.

  • Drain the pasta, and while it is still warm, add the onions and mushrooms.

  • Pour the cream mixture into the pasta and stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Do this over low heat, otherwise you will make scrambled eggs.

  • Add crumbled bacon and serve with additional Parmesan.

Updated February 8, 2023
Originally published August 2019

Calories: 385CaloriesCarbohydrates: 32gprotein: 14gfat: 22gSaturated fat: 9gCholesterol: 97mgsodium: 450mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 2gsugar: 2gVitamin A: 332international unitVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgiron: 1mg

Nutritional information is calculated automatically, so should only be used as an estimate.

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