Mertzie's Bacon Carbonara Style Pasta

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


I've never made bacon carbonara before, but always wanted to. Tonight I did, and this was very yummers! Despite the ingredients, the sauce was not overly rich or too heavy. It was ready in a flash. I just came up w/ everything as I was going along, so feel free to alter for your taste buds.

pinch tips: How to Mince Garlic





15 Min


10 Min


lb. pasta, (i used fettucini and recommend a long pasta such as linguini or spaghetti for this)
lb. bacon (reserve some of the grease)
cup heavy cream
eggs (use very fresh)
scallions and garlic cloves
red pepper flakes (optional)
tbs olive oil or melted butter
cup dry white wine (or more)
cup grated parm
fresh italian parsley
few pinches of nutmeg

Directions Step-By-Step

Get the water boiling for your pasta -- I make my pasta water very salty "like the sea", as the saying goes. If you have a leftover onion, toss that in for flavor.
Fry bacon & reserve some of the grease (about 1-2 TBS). Set bacon aside. Sautee shallots & garlic cloves gently in the bacon grease, butter, or olive oil, depending on how heavy you want your sauce. If you want some heat, add some red pepper flakes. I used dried shallots & dried garlic cloves and smashed them into about 1 TBS of olive oil.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs. (Poking the yolk first makes it easy to beat them. I just use a fork to beat). In large mixing bowl, add the heavy cream, eggs, cheese, wine, ground black pepper and the nutmeg. Add the shallot/garlic liquid mix and about 1 TBS of bacon grease (again,depending how heavy you want your sauce). Whisk until blended (I just whisked with a fork). This is your sauce. You do not heat this -- the heat from the pasta will give it enough heat to cook through.
Cook the pasta to firm -- don't overdo it! Add about 1/4 of the pasta water to the sauce. Add the pasta in scoops to the sauce and coat. Keep adding more and coating. I didn't use the whole pound of fettucini -- prolly 3/4 of a pound, as I like it saucy.
Crumble the bacon in big chunks and stir into the pasta mix w/ fresh parsley flakes. Top with more parm, if you like, and dig in! Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids