Pasta Carbonara Recipe

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This rich pasta toss from Cathy Lorenzini is great for everyday dinners or special occasions. "I can come home from work and throw this dish together in a half hour," says the St. Charles, Missouri cook. "Wherever I take it, I'm constantly asked for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked tube pasta
  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 876 calories, 69g fat (38g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels. In the drippings, saute garlic until tender. Add the milk, cream cheese and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and bacon; heat through. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pasta Carbonara in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p50

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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kaskren User ID: 1292799 248259
Reviewed May. 15, 2016

"I have made this exactly like the recipe says and it was great, but it hurt to put a full stick of butter in!! So I put half... and did 1/3 fat cream cheese. I also used pancetta and there was no grease... I guess that is a good thing if trying to make it less fat!! I used quinoa pasta, first time user, and I couldn't tell the difference. I hope this helps, the original recipe was great too!! But I was trying to make it a bit healthier for my family. Love it!!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 227419
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Quick and creamy! We used packaged, fully-cooked bacon strips to save time and added more garlic for more flavor. Goes well with all kinds of sides and salads."

CDall User ID: 2227650 204885
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"It was a good Friday meal and delicious. Liked putting in some peas. Had some frozen from the garden last summer. Really tasty"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2058167 37683
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Made it as written and it was delicious. Next time I plan on trying to slim it down with reduced fat cream cheese, turkey bacon, and a little less butter."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 111037
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"I love pasta dishes, and can't wait to try this one! Sounds yummy!! thanks for sharing!"

avidcookGA User ID: 195648 35456
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2009

"This sounds like heaven on a plate. Thanks for posting this very easy recipe."

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