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Creamy Bacon Carbonara Recipe

Recipe for Carbonara Spaghetti

This creamy bacon carbonara recipe is so simple to make and yet another absolute classic Italian recipe. It is perhaps not as authentic as a traditional pasta carbonara which would probably use pig cheeks instead of bacon and pecorino cheese instead of Parmesan. But it follows the same principles and the taste and texture will be similar. 

carbonara ingredients

In this recipe, I have used ingredients that were readily available in our local store and I think the results are delicious. You can always also substitute the parmesan for Grana Padano if you cannot find any Parmigiana Reggiano, and use pancetta instead of bacon if you prefer. And of course, you could also use fresh spaghetti instead of dry.

creamy bacon carbonara recipe

You may find the Grana Padano is a bit cheaper, but I had been kindly donated this piece of parmesan so this is what I used.

creamy bacon carbonara

Here I used what I had in the fridge, and you can see you can produce a nice creamy carbonara sauce without using any heavy cream at all. In fact, this spaghetti carbonara recipe is so easy and tasty you will definitely be trying it again.

creamy bacon carbonara recipe

Use of raw eggs

Some of you may worry about using raw eggs in the sauce, because of the potential risk of salmonella poisoning. If you are worried about this then just use pasteurized eggs to minimize any risk. When you add the egg and cheese mix the eggs will cook in the pasta anyway.

creamy carbonara

This is one of our favourite pasta recipes. The great advantage of this recipe is that it has very few ingredients and can be prepared in 10-12 minutes. And often these ingredients will be available in our fridge at any one time, so if you need something quick, easy and tasty to eat, this is a winner.

creamy bacon carbonara

Bacon Carbonara Recipe

Creamy Bacon Carbonara Recipe

Creamy Bacon Carbonara Recipe

This super delicious Italian dinner can be prepared in less than 15 minutes and is divine. A classic Italian pasta dish made with a few simple ingredients.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 230g Spaghetti
  • 120g bacon (I use streaky)
  • 50g grated Parmigiana Reggiano (parmesan cheese)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Put some salted water on to boil. Then start by cutting the bacon into small pieces. Fry this in a pan. I use my wok for this.
    2. When the bacon has obtained the required crispiness take it off the heat.
    3. Cook the spaghetti according to instructions on the packet. If it does not fit in the pan, then break it in two.
    4. In the meantime, mix the egg yolks with the grated cheese until you have a thick mixture. Keep some cheese for garnishing later. Add black pepper to suit.
    5. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and put it into the wok with the bacon. Turning back on to a low heat.
    6. Make sure you keep a cup of the pasta water when you drain the spaghetti. Mix the bacon well with the spaghetti and add a few tablespoons of pasta water. Then remove the spaghetti completely from the heat.
    7. Then add the egg/cheese mix to the pan, mixing well so that all of the spaghetti is covered.
    8. Add a few more spoons of the cooking water to loosen it up if needed. Be careful not to let the eggs turn into scrambled eggs, which they will if there is too much heat.

Notes

This amount will feed 3 people.

Serve up garnished with black pepper flakes and let everyone add their own grated parmesan to choice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 240mg Sodium: 1115mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 26g
This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.
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