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Pasta Carbonara

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


  • 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


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

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  • Angela
    Jan 22, 2018

    Fantastic!! My first time making a carbonara. It was super simple and everyone really enjoyed it. I added shrimp for a little extra protein and used low fat cream cheese and milk with excellent results. Will be adding to our rotation.

  • kaskren
    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
    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
    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

  • Sharrie10
    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
    Jul 26, 2009

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

  • avidcookGA
    Jan 17, 2009

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