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Mushroom Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Mushroom Pasta Carbonara Recipe

I absolutely love this creamy and cheesy recipe. I serve it with a side salad and rolls to make a complete meal. —Cindi Bauer, Marshfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked mostaccioli
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) whole mushrooms, drained
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6 to 8 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Directions

  • 1. Cook mostaccioli according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Brown mushrooms in drippings; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings from pan.
  • 3. Add the cream, butter, parsley, garlic, pepper sauce and salt if desired to the skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Drain mostaccioli; add to cream mixture. Stir in the bacon, mushrooms and cheese; heat through. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without salt) equals 632 calories, 43 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 99 mg cholesterol, 731 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Reviews for Mushroom Pasta Carbonara

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Make this all the time. Big family favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"Terrific recipe but it needs the addition of some fresh basil, rosemary or tarragon. I also use fat free 1/2 and 1/2 with some chicken broth. I liked someone's idea for using kielbasa. And, it is not carbonara without bacon. That flavor and texture is essential. : )"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"pretty good would make again but make a little more sauce it was a little dry"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"This was a huge hit at our house. My husband said he'd eat it every night. I used seasoned grated parmesan - basil & sun-dried tomato - instead of plain parmesan."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"Great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I left out the bacon, but still, I didn't think this was very tasty. I wasn't digging the intense onion-y flavor and besides that it was kinda plain. Don't think I'll make it again. (It was very easy to make though!)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"My wife and I both loved this. The only thing we changed was to use fresh baby Bella mushrooms instead of jarred. Mmmmmmmm.........."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious. Didn't make any changes other than using entire box of penne pasta and added a bit more cream, butter, garlic, and cheese. Next time, I will try it with fat free half and half and less butter to make it a little more healthy. This would be good with grilled chicken as many others suggest. Restaurant quality taste in my opinion."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"very good pasta, I made one change I used sliced fresh mushrooms instead just because I prefer their flavor in pastas and I had some I wanted to use"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"This was amazing! The only sounds we heard while eating was "mmmmmmm"!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"My son made this for supper and it is divine! Bursting with flavour! It's now added to our regular dinner favorites! Awesome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"great easy dish"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"Good!! We really liked it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"Yummy, creamy and flavourful. Even the kids ate it! I used a spaghetti noodle and precooked chicken slices and bacon to speed things up."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I doubled recipe and added chicken! I also used fresh mushrooms and diced about a 1/2 cup sweet onion and fried with mushrooms....sooooo good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"Skipped the mushrooms (son do not like). and added cubed cooked left over ham.Gone in one day.Will double to insure leftovers for lunch."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This is really delicious! Easy to make although cooking the bacon took longer which made the total time about 45 minutes. What we liked about this recipe is unlike a lot of Carbonara recipes which tend to be dry, this has a creamy texture. I also doubled the recipe. My family really loves this. Next time I'm gonna try and cut back on the butter to make this healthier. I used fat-free Half and Half and it worked out really well. I also grilled some chicken breast (1 lb.) and then cut them into bite size pieces and added last. It was really tasty. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"This recipe is insanely good! Rarely do I feel the need to write a review on a recipe, but this one is so good I couldn't help it. Very quick and flavor packed! Every member of my family loved it! I did use fresh mushrooms and my sister pan fried breaded chicken to serve with it ."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"I am SO impressed with this recipe. I made it in a flash and it was gone even faster. Restaurant quality flavor and texture. My changes were just slight and because I had the stuff lying around, but I used fresh crimini mushrooms instead of canned and added some fresh chopped spinach. It was AMAZING. This one slid into the "favorites" folder within an hour. Thanks to the originator for making my day!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I add chicken to the recipe...It is a family favorite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"My fiancé and I make this recipe all the time! We like to add cubed chicken. I usually cook the chicken in the same pan as the bacon (after I drain the drippings) so it picks up some of the delicious bacon flavor. I also like to use farfalle pasta instead of mostaccioli."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Loved this recipe. My daughter is a Pasta Carbonara fan and she even thought it was great. We added spinach to it and it was even better."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Amazingly delicious! We did double the sauce except for the bacon and mushrooms. I also used fresh mushrooms, and an extra cup of pasta. Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"good but seems to be missing something"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"so good and so easy. as mentioned very versatile to add your own favorite veggies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Incredible! Super easy Super tasty! I've made this twice now and my family adores it. I used fresh mushrooms too!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"AMAZING!! Added chopped tomatoes and cooked peas. soo good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Excellent pasta! I used fresh mushrooms and added peas as well. The leftovers were good as well!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"One of my favorites!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Loved it and it was quick to prepare. Just added a little extra garlic. I will make this again and again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Perfect with a nice side salad. Family said make it again please!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"Really, really good. I used fresh mushrooms. Easy, quick, and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"I loved this recipe and my boys did, too! It cooked up in no time and was so satisfying. I will definitely make it again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"This was delicious and so fast to make. My family said it was as good as Cariono's, and that is saying something because they compare all Italian dishes to Carino's and NOTHING has compared up to this point. I served it with grilled chicken tenders. I would also be good with shrimp. Some artichoke hearts and maybe some sun-dried tomatoes would also be really tasty in this dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2011

"truly delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"I use fresh mushrooms, substituted whipped cream cheese and milk for the half/half and added chicken tenders. Wonderful!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"I loved this! It is very easy and tastes great! Ill deffinatly make it again. Thank you!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"My family loved this recipe and it was so easy to make!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Very good would make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This was so good. I love to try new recipes and my boys accuse me of never making the same thing twice. Their comment after eating this was "don't lose this recipe.""

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"Very good! I didn't have any half-and-half in the fridge so I use whipped cream cheese and milk. It was yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"This is every bit as good as any pasta dish at Romano's Macaroni Grill...plus quick & easy (and a lot cheaper)! I did add chicken and used fresh mushrooms and parsley. And even with the added meat there was plenty of sauce!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Fantastic!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"Instead of mushrooms, I used shrimp sauteed in garlic and white wine. Now every time I ask my husband what he wants for dinner this is what he wants. LOVE IT!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"so easy and delicious! we'll definitely make this a regular meal in our house"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"We loved this so much! I only made a few minor changes like slicing fresh mushrooms, using extra parsley flakes, garlic powder since the garlic flavors didn't cook throughout the sauce as well as I would have liked, added chicken, cooked peas, a little tobasco sauce for heat, extra parmesean cheese, and some flour to thicken the sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"It was pretty good, but i made it with bacon bits. Prob would have been better with real bacon juices"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"This was a pretty tasty recipe. I added shrimp."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"I added chicken, substituted the bacon for prosciutto, the hot sauce for red pepper flakes and used fresh sliced mushrooms. This was so easy to prepare I would make it for family and friends."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"My hubby loved this. Said to make sure and save the recipe. I added italian sausage and bacon....mmmmm perfection!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I've had homemade Carbonara in the past and found it tasteless and un-enjoyable. This recipe by far outshines anything I've ever had, even in a restaurant! I will definitely make this again -- and even add chicken because I think it will go together nicely!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"This is my husband's favorite recipe... I'm going to make this again very soon. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"Wow, you have got to try this one. It is as good as eating in a restaurant! The flavors are amazing and it was so easy to make. I can't wait for my husband to come home to try it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Delicious! I marinated some chicken breasts then grilled them and added them into this dish to make it a meal. Love Love Loved it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This was a fantastic recipe!

I added Chicken for some protein, it was delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2010

"Loved this recipe, very good and will make again. The bacon really adds flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"I didn't have bacon so I used kielbasa. I also added some steamed broccoli to the mix. This was fantastic! I had a friend over and she raved about it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"This recipe is so fantastic and simple! My 24 year old son requested it for his birthday dinner. YUMMY!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"Loved, loved, loved this recipe. I didn't have any green onions, didn't miss them at all. I will be adding this recipe to my regulars for sure."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.