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Easy 15-Minute Pasta Carbonara

This Easy 15-Minute Pasta Carbonara is a simple weeknight meal made in minutes with basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Weeknight Meal
Keyword Easy 15-Minute Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 411kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 250 grams dry pasta (spaghetti or linguine) (1/2 a box)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan
  • fresh parsley, pepper, and extra shaved parmesan for garnish


  • Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions. 
  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper, heavy cream, and parmesan. 
  • When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  • Pour the hot pasta into the hot pan with the bacon and garlic and toss well to coat, adding the pasta water as you toss.
  • Turn off the heat and add the egg and cream mixture, stirring or tossing constantly until a creamy sauce forms. 
  • Serve in pasta bowls with a generous sprinkling of fresh parsley, freshly ground pepper, and shaved parmesan cheese.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg