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Linguine alla Carbonara

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Who loves bacon? I know, I know, pretty silly question, right? Well I have a super simple pasta dish that incorporates pancetta {Italian bacon}, garlic, linguine, eggs and Parmesan cheese into the most amazing Linguine alla Carbonara! Trust me, you will love it…..

Linguine alla Carbonara - Incredibly delicious and super simple to make! cookingwithcurls.com

You may remember the “eyeball pasta” picture that I shared on instagram a few weeks ago…..

Bucatini alla Carbonara | cookingwithcurls.com

This was my first experience with Bucatini alla Carbonara, and I was a bit shocked at the presentation!! I decided to do some research and see what I could come up…that did not include a whole egg staring up at me. 😉

Well as you can tell from the title, I could not find bucatini pasta anywhere!! Sooooo, Linguine alla Carbonara it is.

How to make Linguine alla Carbonara:

Start by boiling the pasta according to the package directions, 9 to 10 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chopped pancetta {or thick-cut bacon}…..

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until crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and move the bacon to a large bowl*. Add the minced garlic to the hot pan and heat for one minute…..

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Move the garlic to the bowl with the pancetta and set aside…..

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In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, set aside…..

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Once the linguine is cooked, drain {reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water}.

Add the pasta to the bowl with the pancetta/garlic mixture, toss to combine.

Pour in the egg/Parmesan mixture, and toss to combine…..

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Add the Italian parsley and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, toss to combine…..

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Season with sea salt and ground black pepper, and serve immediately…..

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*Alternately, you could skip the large bowl and prepare entirely in a large skillet…..

Linguine alla Carbonara - super simple weeknight meal | cookingwithcurls.com

Just be very careful not to let the garlic burn in the pan if you are still waiting for your pasta to cook. 😉

See, now wasn’t that simple to make? And just as promised, no “eyeballs” staring up at you!! My version also tastes MUCH better than the version I had in the fancy Italian restaurant. By mixing the egg with the hot pasta, you are cooking the egg…and by adding the cooking water, you are creating a creamy sauce that the restaurant version was missing…..

This super delicious Linguine alla Carbonar is, ready in 15 minutes!! cookingwithcurls.com

So am I the only person on the planet that has not tried Carbonara before? I sometimes feel like I grew up in a cave, LOL

More delicious Italian pasta recipes:

Enjoy!!

Linguine alla Carbonara - Incredibly delicious and super simple to make! cookingwithcurls.com

Linguine alla Carbonara

This super delicious Linguine alla Carbonara is ready in 15 minutes! Weeknights just got easy!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, pancetta, Italian, recipe, parmesan
Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 581kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces linguine noodles cooked and drained, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water
  • 5 Ounces pancetta chopped (or substitute thick-cut bacon)
  • 4 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Large eggs at room temperature
  • ¾ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook linguine according to package instructions, 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Cook pancetta in a frying pan over medium-high heat until crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and move pancetta to a large bowl, set aside.
  • Add minced garlic to the hot pan and heat for one minute. Move garlic to the bowl with the bacon, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat together eggs and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • When linguine is cooked, drain (reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water) and add to bowl with bacon and garlic. Toss to combine.
  • Pour in the egg mixture and chopped parsley, toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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  1. This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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