Pasta Carbonara: A Quick and Easy Recipe With Eggs and Bacon

Updated on July 21, 2018
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Born and raised in Italy, Robie loves good, healthy food (even better if it's easy to cook). She cooks every day for her family and friends.

Linguine alla Carbonara

Pasta alla Carbonara - easy and quick recipe.
Pasta alla Carbonara - easy and quick recipe. | Source

This Original Italian Recipe has Been in My Family for Generations.

This is a simple and delicious dish, ready in only 15 minutes. If you like eggs and bacon, you'll love this recipe.

The typical carbonara is usually made with spaghetti, but you can make it with many other kinds of pasta; some ideas are: linguine, rotini, bow ties, or penne.

Short noodles, like penne, are much easier for kids (and adults) to grab with the fork, and much less messy to eat than some other noodles like spaghetti.

4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Penne Carbonara

Penne alla Carbonara

Penne Carbonara, pasta with eggs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese.
Penne Carbonara, pasta with eggs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 5 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Penne
  • 4 Eggs, whole
  • 8 Slices of smoked bacon, diced
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Heavy cream, optional

Penne Carbonara with Ingredients

A simple recipe with only few ingredients needed
A simple recipe with only few ingredients needed | Source

Instructions

  1. Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then add 1 tbsp of salt. Cook the penne in the boiling water, according to cooking time on the package.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper. For a creamier sauce, add the heavy cream (optional).
  3. Dice the bacon. Cook the bacon in a pan with 4 tablespoons of water on medium heat, for about 10 minutes, or until it gets a golden color.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain it using a colander, and immediately pour the drained pasta back in the same hot pot it came from. (Tip: To keep the sauce creamier, keep bout 1/3 of a cup the pasta's cooking water.)
  5. Keep the pot on the medium heat stove for 1-2 minutes. While stirring, add the bacon with all its cooking juices, and add the egg mix. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes, this will allow the creamy egg sauce to cook.
  6. Serve hot. You may add some grated Parmesan cheese on top of each plate. Enjoy! :)

Penne alla Carbonara Served with Freshly Grated Parmigiano Cheese

Finish up with a generous dusting of Parmesan cheese on top.
Finish up with a generous dusting of Parmesan cheese on top. | Source

Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then salt with 1 tbsp of salt.

Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then salt with 1 tbsp of salt.
Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then salt with 1 tbsp of salt. | Source
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. | Source
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. For a creamier sauce add the heavy cream as well (optional).
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. For a creamier sauce add the heavy cream as well (optional). | Source
Cook the diced bacon in a pan with 4 tablespoons of water on medium heat, for about 10 minutes, or until it gets a golden color.
Cook the diced bacon in a pan with 4 tablespoons of water on medium heat, for about 10 minutes, or until it gets a golden color. | Source
Drain the cooked pasta using a colander, and immediately pour the drained pasta back in the same hot pot it came from, keeping some cooking water. While stirring on medium heat, add the bacon with all its cooking juices and the egg mix. Stir.
Drain the cooked pasta using a colander, and immediately pour the drained pasta back in the same hot pot it came from, keeping some cooking water. While stirring on medium heat, add the bacon with all its cooking juices and the egg mix. Stir. | Source

Adding Soluble Fibers to the Pasta Sauce

Penne Carbonara is a very nutritious dish, a great go-to recipe for those occasions when you haven't much time to cook, but are very hungry and in the mood for a satisfying dish.

This is the true original recipe from Italy, and, as per tradition, it has no veggies in the ingredients.
Therefore the only thing missing in this dish to become a well balanced complete meal are fibers. Since I am a big fun of veggies and of complete meals, I often add soluble fibers to the seasoning mix, while I'm beating the eggs.
This way I make sure that on top of all the vitamins, minerals, calcium, carbs, and fat that this dish provides, there are also the ever-useful fibers.

Original Italian Carbonara Recipe

The carbonara recipe presented here is the one that my grandma Antonia used to make for me when I was a teenager.

Grandma lived with us, and on summer Sundays I would usually sleep until noon or even 1 pm.
I remember her smile when she came to wake me up, sit at the feet of my bed, and ask if I wanted carbonara for lunch. It was just the two of us during summer.

So I had no breakfast on Sundays, I was going straight from sleeping status to sharing a yummy carbonara with grandma.

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      • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

        Robie Benve 

        4 years ago from Ohio

        Our whole family loves this carbonara, I hope you enjoy it too! :)

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        Chantele and Julie 

        5 years ago from Wales

        Cabonara is the best!! This recipe sounds great!

      • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

        Robie Benve 

        5 years ago from Ohio

        Buon Appetito! :)

        Thanks for stopping by, I hope you tried it and loved it!

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        Faith A Mullen 

        5 years ago

        This looks amazing! And I happen to have some bacon in the fridge... Might need to make this tomorrow. Voted up :)

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        Robie Benve 

        5 years ago from Ohio

        Hi Chefmancave, Spinach or peppers, mmmhh, sounds very interesting, especially the spinach - knowing my family. Thanks a lot for the suggestion!

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        Robert Loescher 

        5 years ago from Michigan

        Robie...I agree. A touch of veggies is perfect for this dish. I doesn't have to be overwhelmingly but just some spinach would be fabulous. I will try this with julienne cut green peppers. I am thinking the color of the green peppers will make this dish visually delightful while the crunchiness of the peppers would make it a culinary adventure.

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        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        Hi Heather, great to hear that you also eat this often and love it, it's my favorite quick meal to cook and eat, and always makes my kids happy. :)

        I have to try with the tri-color rotini, sounds yummy. Thanks!

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        Heather Rode 

        6 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        My husband and I eat this dish about once a week! We just have it with the pasta, egg, and parmesan cheese. I got addicted to this dish back in college and now ten years later I will downright crave it late at night. We make this whenever we have left over pasta but I prefer it with the penne since the little bits of scrambled egg can get trapped inside and make for yummy bites. I'm so happy to see someone else also loves this dish. Oh and I also love this dish when we use tri-color rotini since it adds another dimension of flavor from the veggie-noodles. Voted up of course! :)

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        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        Hi Crystal, thanks a lot, hope you try it - but I warn you, you may get hooked like me. I love this dish! :)

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        Crystal Tatum 

        6 years ago from Georgia

        Oh my I think I want to drown in this! Yummy. Voted up!

      • Robie Benve profile imageAUTHOR

        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        That's wonderful to hear Angie! My kids love it too, and the best part is that it's a very nutritious dish, and keeps them full for a while.

        Thanks for leaving the comment! :)

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        Angie 

        6 years ago

        I tried this recipe today and my family loved it, children asked for seconds and thirds! it's a keeper!

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        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        VengefulArt, you are right, breakfast pasta could be its middle name. :) I never tried with turkey bacon, but I'm pretty sure it would be delicious as well.

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        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        Arlene, no worries! Hope you enjoy it when nobody is watching or just the same in front of a crowd. Buon appetito! :)

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        VengefulArt 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas

        This sounds like breakfast pasta! i love it! Do you think it wiuld work the same with turkey bacon?

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        Arlene V. Poma 

        6 years ago

        Auugggggghhhhhhhh! You're killing me with those calories, Robie, but I will give it a try when no one's watching me eat over the stove.

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        Robie Benve 

        6 years ago from Ohio

        Arlene, I'm sure you'll love it! Though it's not the optimal light-snack to eat after midnight! ;) Since you are at it, you may even add a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream and make it even more delicious! Or, to stick with things we all have in the kitchen, 2 tbsp of milk can be a good alternative.

        Thanks for the great feedback! Ciao

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        Arlene V. Poma 

        6 years ago

        Oh, YUM. Something so easy and delicious with ingredients that are already in my kitchen. I can see myself making this dish when I'm all alone around midnight. This is my time--when everyone is asleep. Thank you for this Hub! Voted up and everything else. Bookmarked!

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