Pasta Carbonara Recipe With Bacon

Chef Randy , On October 6, 2022


Level: Easy

Time: 40min

Cost: Low

Easy Pasta Carbonara Recipe with Bacon Overview

Pasta carbonara typically features a creamy sauce that’s made with pancetta or bacon, egg yolks, parmesan cheese, and a little pasta water. For this easy linguine carbonara recipe, I used bacon instead of pancetta since it’s generally easier to find. With such simple ingredients and simple prep, you will be so impressed at how wonderful this carbonara recipe with bacon can be.

Kitchen Tools For This Easy Classic Carbonara Pasta Recipe with Bacon:

  • Tongs

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Large pot to cook linguine pasta

  • Small skillet to cook bacon

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Cheese grater

Tools For This Carbonara Recipe.

Classic Pasta Carbonara with Bacon Cooking Tools

Classic Pasta Carbonara Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  • 2 Egg yolks

  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Pound linguine pasta

  • ½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Optional ½ teaspoon granulated garlic or 2-3 large cloves minced

  • 1/2 Pound bacon cut small. Cubed Pancetta is a great alternative if you have it.

How to Make Carbonara Pasta Recipe with Bacon.

Pasta Carbonara Ingredients

How To Cook Pasta Carbonara with Bacon

  1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. The water can be really salty, somewhere between sea water and brine. Really. Put the linguine pasta noodles in the pot and stir occasionally.

  2. Crack the egg and separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Discard or store the egg whites for a different egg white recipe. Then, set aside the egg yolks for use in a few minutes in this pasta carbonara recipe.

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    While Pasta Cooks Separate Egg Yolks.

  3. Before the linguine pasta finishes cooking, heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook slowly until the bacon is crispy. (Add granulated garlic or whole garlic cloves at this point if you choose to have garlic in your pasta carbonara recipe). When the bacon is fully cooked and crispy, put the bacon in a large mixing bowl with most of the bacon liquid sauce (bacon fat, olive oil and butter).

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    Cook Bacon in Skillet Until Crispy

  4. When the linguine pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use the tongs to move the steaming hot linguine noodles to the mixing bowl with the crispy bacon. It will be pretty wet, that’s a good thing. Reserve some of the flavorful linguine pasta water.

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    Mix Ingredients in the Bowl.

  6. Mix well to coat the pasta noodles. While the noodles are still really hot, add the egg yolks and stir immediately. The hot pasta noodles will gently cook the yolks.

  7. Add the Italian parmesan cheese and stir again.

  8. Add a bit of flavorful pasta water to loosen things up if the noodles get too sticky. Stir well.

  9. Serve

Common Questions About This Classic Pasta Carbonara Recipe with Bacon

What is a quick and easy classic pasta carbonara recipe? If you’ve never prepared this homemade pasta carbonara recipe before, you’re in for a real treat! The flavorful egg-based carbonara sauce is cooked by mixing the eggs in with the piping hot pasta noodles.

How do I store this delicious pasta carbonara with bacon recipe? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Simply reheat over low heat on the stovetop, whisking constantly. You can freeze this easy pasta carbonara recipe with bacon in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.