Pasta alla Carbonara

Pasta alla Carbonara

Erin Clifton 0

"This was always a family favorite. Easy to reheat. Great as a side dish. Timing is important for success. Toss the sauce with HOT noodles: the eggs continue to cook on the HOT noodles."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 560 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 560 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 37.6 g
  • 58%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.4g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 211 mg
  • 70%
  • Sodium:
  • 589 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions in oil until tender. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Using the same pan, cook mushrooms in butter over medium heat. Stir in onions and bacon; reduce heat to low, and cook until bacon browns. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, cream, and cheese; mix into bacon mixture. Cook, stirring, until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain. Toss hot noodles with sauce, parsley and red pepper flakes.
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  1. 20 Ratings


Not bad, but carbonara should have a much more intense bacon taste. Also, where is the garlic?? Here are my changes. Use 3/4 of the pasta. When cooking the onions add 2-3 cloves (or to taste) of crushed garlic and use a good olive oil, not vegetable oil. Use a good smoked bacon and you might want to increase it by 25-50%. Add salt, pepper, parsley, and crushed red pepper to egg mixture before you add to bacon, onions and mushrooms. Speaking of...I used sliced baby bella mushrooms. Okay...I think that is it. Good luck.

Jill Durham Byrd

This was a good recipe. I used half and half instead of whipping cream to save a little on the calorie side. I also found two pounds of bacon to be too much. One thing to improve upon would be when adding the egg mixture to the pan. My eggs cooked and made the sauce not very smooth. It would probably be better to add the sauce to the pan and turn off the heat or turn to low to prevent the eggs from hardening and forming clumps The hot pasta should also cook the eggs when mixing. This will be something to fine tune when I make it again.


Perhaps when scaling the recipe down it altered the overall flavor of the dish, but whatever it was, it started a fight with my hubby over what real Pasta alla Carbonara is. The taste wasn't horrible it just wasn't uber yummy and not what Hubby had expected at all in the flavor department. I'm going to keep looking for a better recipe. BTW, The instructions are incomplete and ought to be review. If it weren't for other reviews by users, I wouldn't have known when to add the parsley and red pepper.