A creamy, delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic and bacon. For only having a few ingredients, this Pasta Carbonara has big flavor!
I love white sauce pastas, especially when they only require a few ingredients! This carbonara is a little more cheesy than our alfredo, and filled with bacon, similar to our chicken bacon ranch pasta!
Simple Pasta recipe
You can never go wrong with pasta!
Am I right?? Pasta recipes are always well received with my family. And in fact, pasta is one of a few dishes that my entire family will eat without any complaints.
Because of that, we are always on the look out for delicious pasta dishes. I had always wanted to try Spaghetti Pasta Carbonara knowing that cheese and bacon were involved, and the whole family loved it!
But, what is carbonara?
Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, guanciale, and pepper. The recipe is not fixed to a specific type of hard cheese or pasta. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano. – Wikipedia
Sounds delicious right?! You guys know I’m all about simple, yummy dinner ideas and this Spaghetti Carbonara is one of those. Our version doesn’t call for eggs – but instead uses cream cheese making it extra creamy!
I haven’t decided whether I like it better than our regular Spaghetti, but I’m thinking it’s pretty close.
How to Make Carbonara
PASTA. This recipe really is quite simple. Begin by cooking the spaghetti as directed on the box. Drain and set aside reserving ½ cup of cooking water.
SAUCE. Make the carbonara sauce by mixing together the cream cheese, milk and Italian seasoning in a bowl.Add garlic to a large skillet, then add bacon, pepper and cream cheese mixture. Cook for a few minutes or until heated through. Add ½ cup reserved Spaghetti water and mix well.
COMBINE. Combine spaghetti with the cream cheese mixture. Add most of Parmesan cheese and mix.
Additional tips and questions
What type of pasta can be used for pasta carbonara? Spaghetti is the usual pasta. You can also use fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine, or bucatini
What add ins can I use in pasta carbonara? To change up this delicious dish try adding grilled chicken, broccoli or cauliflower florets sliced cherry tomatoes, peas or sliced mushrooms
Reheating. The best way to reheat this pasta dish in on the stove top. Over medium heat, toss the pasta in a skillet for about 5 minutes. If your dish is looking a bit dried out add 1 tsp of olive oil.
The kids loved this pasta carbonara! I may have had to omit the parsley for a few of the kids, but other than that, it was a hit! I will definitely be adding this to the meal rotation because it’s so tasty and so simple.
What to serve with pasta carbonara?
For more pasta recipes, check out:
- Easy Fettuccine
- Classic Spaghetti
- Creamy Penne Pasta
- Chicken Tetrazzini
- Garlic Butter Pasta
- Italian Sausage
Pasta Carbonara Recipe
- 1/2 lb spaghetti uncooked
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
- 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
- fresh parsley chopped
- Cook spaghetti as directed on box. Drain and set aside reserving ½ cup of cooking water.
- In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, milk and Italian seasoning.
- Add garlic to a large skillet, then add bacon, pepper and cream cheese mixture. Cook for a few minutes or until heated through. Add ½ cup reserved Spaghetti water and mix well.
- Combine spaghetti to cream cheese mixture. Add most of Parmesan cheese and mix.
- Top with reserve Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve warm and ENJOY!