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Linguine Carbonara

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 22 mins
Total time 22 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Timing on this recipe is important, so have your bacon cooked and eggs ready when the pasta is done. Do not let the pasta drain completely; for the creamiest sauce, you want a little of the water still clinging to the noodles when you add them to the eggs.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 3 center-cut bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 348
  • fat 10.1 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 20 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 158 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 503 mg
  • calcium 213 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water; drain pasta.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in pan. Remove pan from heat.

  3. Combine milk, pepper, salt, eggs, and cheese in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly drizzle in reserved 1/4 cup pasta water, stirring constantly with a whisk. Slowly add pasta to egg mixture, stirring constantly. Add egg mixture to bacon drippings. Place pan over low heat; cook 2 minutes or until liquid begins to thicken, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with bacon and parsley; serve immediately.