Quick and Creamy Pasta Carbonara

Quick and Creamy Pasta Carbonara

21 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
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Recipe by  Big Daddy Cooks

“This rich pasta toss is great for everyday dinners or special occasions. I can come home from work and throw this dish together in a half hour.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving drippings in pan; set bacon aside.
  3. Cook and stir garlic in the remaining bacon grease over medium heat. Add milk, cream cheese, and butter to skillet; stir until smooth. Stir Parmesan cheese, peas, ham, and bacon into cream cheese mixture; cook until peas are heated through, about 5 minutes more. Mix pasta into sauce to serve.

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Made this the other night...can't stop thinking about it. Ten stars. Followed exactly. This stuff is no joke. Will probably have to make it again in a couple days:)



Delicious but it does take a long time. I also added pepper to taste

Sarah Jo

Sarah Jo

This was a last minute dinner attempt after my original dinner tanked. VERY simple which I appreciated. I did not have ham or peas, what I did was throw in a good amount steamed broccoli. I also added a good amount fresh ground pepper. I sprinkled fresh parmesan over each portion before serving. The boys and I inhaled this. VERY good.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 778 cal
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 55.5 g
  • 85%
  • Carbs
  • 46.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 25.3 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol
  • 156 mg
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 975 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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