Pasta Carbonara

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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!

Pasta Carbonara on a white plate

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.

Spaghetti noodles in a collander

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.

Spaghetti Carbonara topped with bacon and parsely on a white plate

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.

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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

4.75 from 8 votes

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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 456 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 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
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook spaghetti as directed on box. Drain and set aside reserving ½ cup of cooking water.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, milk and Italian seasoning.
  3. 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.
  4. Combine spaghetti to cream cheese mixture. Add most of Parmesan cheese and mix.
  5. Top with reserve Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve warm and ENJOY!
Spaghetti Carbonara - a delicious and flavorful pasta dish that has cream cheese and Parmesan cheese along with bacon and Parsley.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Hey – this looks great – I recently had a great spaghetti salad, I was wondering is there a way to turn these great flavors into a salad, without it becoming ‘clumpy’?
    Thanks – Dawn

    1. I haven’t tried these ingredients in a salad. I’ll have to look around and see what I can find or come up with. If you find something, let me know! I’d love to know!

  2. I am making this for the second time tomorrow and wanted to let you know I added both chicken and asparagus the last time and will be doing the same tomorrow – it’s so good!


  3. I just love Spaghetti Carbonara. Lots of garlic is a must!
    Its so easy to make and if you don’t hesitate on using real ingredients, there no better dish!
    I usually eat it at least once every two weeks.
    If its a weekend i usually treat myself with som good red wine to it.


  4. A great paSta dish without the sauce. Not much for going out to eat italian food but enjoy making it at home. A good dish to try!


  5. My kids love pasta but i get tiRed of the usual spaghetti and alfredo dishes. This one will DEFINITELY get put in the ROTATION. Thanks for posting!