Creamy Pasta and Bacon Carbonara

One of my all-time favorite classic Italian dishes, Pasta Carbonara, is possibly the easiest to make.  I decided to come up with my own variation of this dish and wanted to share the recipe with you all because it turned out wonderful.  I have been eating this every chance I get lately and have had a lot of fun trying all different versions at different restaurants.  No two are ever the same!  It is most definitely a newly discovered love of mine.  Every bite is a creamy, salty, cheesy, bacon-y explosion in your mouth!  Yes, I am allowed to make up words in this blog.

It is thought that Pasta Carbonara was created on the outskirts of Rome, Italy as a result of the American influence from World War II.  American soldiers would make bacon and eggs for breakfast and the Italians ran with it and added it to pasta (surprising?).  Pasta Carbonara became a classic Roman pasta dish, that has become a standard on menus in Italian restaurants around the world.  As with any dish that becomes this ever-present, many variations tend to crop up, with people adding different ingredients along the way.

I could not have been more happy with the results of my own adaptation to this wonderful dish!  Some of the ingredients I included may not be considered “traditional” for a carbonara sauce, but they really do work well because they enhance the dish by subtly complementing, rather than taking away from the main ingredients.

The beauty of the carbonara sauce is it’s simplicity, and you don’t need a cooking class in Italy to handle the basics.  The recipe calls for very few ingredients:  eggs, bacon, cheese and any kind of pasta – such as spaghetti, linguini or bucatini.  I used Farfalle because it’s one of my favorite pastas!  I also added peas, not only to sneak in a veggie, but for color.  I had seen this idea before at a restaurant and loved it.

Who would have thought that eggs and bacon could be so refined?  Try this dish and your taste buds will thank you.

Buon Appetito!

 INGREDIENTS:

4 eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

Fresh diced parsley or dried flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 pound bacon

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 pound pasta (I used Farfalle)

1 cup peas (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Beat the eggs, cream, Parmesan, parsley, salt and the red pepper together in a bowl.  (I just used a fork)

Fry the bacon until crisp, then crumble and set aside.

With 1 -2 tablespoons bacon grease, saute the onion and garlic until the onions are translucent and golden.

Drain the pasta and while still warm, add to the onions.

Pour cream mixture into the pasta, and stir over low heat for one to two minutes. (Save a bit of the pasta water, just in case your sauce gets thicker than you want it – simply add a bit if you need it)   Don’t do this on high heat, or you will make scrambled eggs.  Serve with additional Parmesan, and a loaf of crusty bread and a salad.

So delicious!

 

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

22 Responses to “Creamy Pasta and Bacon Carbonara”

  1. April 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM #

    I’ve always loved carbonara sauce although I try to stay away from it :) Yours looks great.

    • April 14, 2012 at 2:33 AM #

      It’s a total comfort food! Thanks for the nice comment :)

  2. April 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM #

    Carbonnara is something you can only indulge in every so often. But when you do what a great treat it is. Nice recipe

    • April 16, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Mike! And I totally agree!

  3. April 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

    One of my favorites here too, though I don’t think to make it much. So thank you for putting the thought into my head hehe

    • April 16, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

      Thanks for commenting, Janet :) It’s definitely my new favorite pasta dish.

  4. April 16, 2012 at 8:53 PM #

    Love the recipe and love your blog … Thanks for connecting with me on foodbuzz!

    • April 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM #

      Thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate the compliment!

  5. April 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM #

    Bacon makes everything better, but when combined with pasta it is even better!!!!

    • April 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

      I agree! Thanks for commenting, Catalina!

  6. April 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM #

    What timing!? Just yesterday I puchased all the ingredients to make bacon and peas carbonara and thinking I should look at several recipes to try a new one. Think I’ll give yours a whirl. Grazi!

    • April 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM #

      I hope you like it! It’s very tasty! Thanks for commenting :)

  7. April 27, 2012 at 7:07 AM #

    carbonara. yum!:D

  8. April 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    I needed a new carbonara recipe and looks like I found it! Good food makes me happy and I’m all about the happy. Look for twinkles, follow the winks, find your happy. ;)

    • April 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM #

      Good food definitely makes me happy too! Thanks so much for commenting :)

  9. April 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM #

    I love that you used farfalle… catches more of the goodie! This looks wonderful!

    • April 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM #

      I agree! Thanks for commenting!

  10. June 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM #

    Carbonara is one of my favorite all time desserts! Love the addition of peas :)

    • June 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM #

      Me too! Thanks for commenting :)

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    January 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

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    • January 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM #

      I completely agree!

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