Quick Carbonara

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 22, 2022
Carbonara is a dinnertime classic, but my version cuts down on the time it takes to make. Loaded with ham, bacon, olives, garlic and Parmesan, it certainly doesn't skimp on flavor. —Carole Martin, Tallahassee, Florida
Quick Carbonara Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup sliced ripe or pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat; saute garlic 1 minute. Stir in ham and bacon; heat through. Add spaghetti and parsley; toss to combine.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in olives and cheese.
Health tip: Most of the sodium comes from the generous portion of ham. Use just 1-1/2 cups ham and skip the Parmesan to bring sodium below 800 milligrams per serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 513 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 1333mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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