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5-Ingredient Creamy Carbonara


  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

5-Ingredient Creamy Carbonara is an easy weeknight dinner – cozy, comforting and shockingly easy to make. It uses pantry staples and gets its creaminess from eggs (no cream or butter)!


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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced small
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 pound traditional or gluten-free pasta (or substitute zoodles)
  • (optional) fresh parsley or basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions. Cooking time will vary depending on the type of pasta you’re using. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook pancetta or bacon until crispy, 5-7 minutes.
  3. combine egg yolks, egg, parmesan and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl with the cheese and the eggs, tossing to fully combine.
  5. Add pancetta/bacon as well as any rendered fat.
  6. Add pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the sauce reaches a creamy consistency.
  7. Add salt, pepper and extra cheese as desired.
  8. (optional) top with fresh chopped parsley or basil

Notes

If you are substituting zoodles for pasta, omit step 1 of the recipe and use lightly saute├ęd zucchini noodles instead.

  • Category: recipe
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta, carbonara, pasta carbonara, weeknight dinner, italian food, gluten free, 30-minute meal, creamy carbonara, bacon