Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 23 minutesYou'll fall in love with the smoky flavor of bacon combined with sharp Parmesan cheese and garlic--all tossed with pasta and thickened with egg. Make this classic pasta dish kid-friendly by omitting the crushed red pepper.

Recipe by Oxmoor House June 2006


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5 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta mixture and about 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese)


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  • Combine 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and next 5 ingredients in a bowl; stir well, and set aside.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  • While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon, and set aside. Add onion and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

  • Drain pasta; return to pan. Add egg mixture, bacon, and onion mixture to hot pasta; toss gently to coat. Place over low heat, and cook 1 minute. Spoon pasta into individual bowls, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

  • Carbonara (kar-boh-NAH-rah) literally translates as the "charcoal maker's wife." Word has it that the charcoal sellers from Abruzzo introduced this dish to the city of Rome.


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Nutrition Facts

281 calories; fat 7.6g; saturated fat 3.4g; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 39.5g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 17mg; iron 2mg; sodium 550mg; calcium 140mg.