Mushroom Pasta Carbonara Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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
"Make this all the time. Big family favorite!"
"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. : )"
"pretty good would make again but make a little more sauce it was a little dry"
"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."
"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 wife and I both loved this. The only thing we changed was to use fresh baby Bella mushrooms instead of jarred. Mmmmmmmm.........."
"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."
"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"
"This was amazing! The only sounds we heard while eating was "mmmmmmm"!"
"My son made this for supper and it is divine! Bursting with flavour! It's now added to our regular dinner favorites! Awesome!"
"great easy dish"
"Good!! We really liked it!"
"Yummy, creamy and flavourful. Even the kids ate it! I used a spaghetti noodle and precooked chicken slices and bacon to speed things up."
"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!"
"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."
"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. :)"
"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 ."
"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!!!"
"I add chicken to the recipe...It is a family favorite."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"good but seems to be missing something"
"so good and so easy. as mentioned very versatile to add your own favorite veggies."
"Incredible! Super easy Super tasty! I've made this twice now and my family adores it. I used fresh mushrooms too!!"
"AMAZING!! Added chopped tomatoes and cooked peas. soo good!!"
"Excellent pasta! I used fresh mushrooms and added peas as well. The leftovers were good as well!"
"One of my favorites!"
"Loved it and it was quick to prepare. Just added a little extra garlic. I will make this again and again."
"Perfect with a nice side salad. Family said make it again please!"
"Really, really good. I used fresh mushrooms. Easy, quick, and delicious."
"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!"
"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."
"I use fresh mushrooms, substituted whipped cream cheese and milk for the half/half and added chicken tenders. Wonderful!!!"
"I loved this! It is very easy and tastes great! Ill deffinatly make it again. Thank you!"
"My family loved this recipe and it was so easy to make!"
"Very good would make again"
"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.""
"Very good! I didn't have any half-and-half in the fridge so I use whipped cream cheese and milk. It was yummy!"
"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!"
"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!!!"
"so easy and delicious! we'll definitely make this a regular meal in our house"
"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."
"It was pretty good, but i made it with bacon bits. Prob would have been better with real bacon juices"
"This was a pretty tasty recipe. I added shrimp."
"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 hubby loved this. Said to make sure and save the recipe. I added italian sausage and bacon....mmmmm perfection!"
"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!"
"This is my husband's favorite recipe... I'm going to make this again very soon. :)"
"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!"
"Delicious! I marinated some chicken breasts then grilled them and added them into this dish to make it a meal. Love Love Loved it!!"
"This was a fantastic recipe!I added Chicken for some protein, it was delicious!"
"Loved this recipe, very good and will make again. The bacon really adds flavor."
"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!"
"This recipe is so fantastic and simple! My 24 year old son requested it for his birthday dinner. YUMMY!"
"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."
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.