Collard Green Carbonara

Collard Green CarbonaraRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Pasta carbonara is the ultimate quick dinner. It's rich, satisfying, and works during the week but is worthy of weekend company.


Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total time: 35 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 35 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes


12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
6 thick hickory-smoked bacon slices, chopped
1 medium-size red onion, halved and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups firmly packed chopped fresh collards
3 large pasteurized eggs, lightly beaten
1 large pasteurized egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
3 cups (12 oz.) freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.

3. Sauté onion in hot drippings 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add collards; sauté 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add bacon.

4. Whisk together eggs, egg yolk, next 3 ingredients, and 2 1/2 cups cheese in a large bowl. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and immediately pour hot pasta into egg mixture; toss to coat. (The heat from the pasta will partially cook the eggs.) Add collard mixture; toss to combine. Stir in enough pasta water to reach desired consistency. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.