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Quick Carbonara Recipe

Quick Carbonara Recipe

This is an adaptation of a dish originally made by my Sunday school teacher, who brought it to church dinner. Be sure to prepare plenty, because seconds are always requested. It's also good with cubed cooked turkey instead of ham.—Carole Martin, Tallahassee, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 8 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Health Tip: Most of the sodium is coming from the generous portion of ham. Use just 1-1/2 cups ham and skip the Parm to bring sodium below 800mg per serving.

Nutritional 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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kandabell User ID: 6149902 73574
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Definitely went back for seconds on this one."

Rhoda77. User ID: 6021862 203353
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"It was very easy to make"

Dutchesss User ID: 4751709 89109
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"This was great!! Absolute favourite. Everyone wanted seconds. Now I did add baby shrimp to it and I omitted the salt as I thought the salty ness from the bacon and the ham would be enough, which it was. I am actually making this dish again tonight!!"

LSsweet2th User ID: 3906935 89108
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Let me first say that I have never rated a recipe, and felt I had to here! It was VERY GOOD!! I did substitute olive oil in place of the vegetable oil, I used about 5 cloves of garlic, as I LOVE garlic, and I also sauted some shrimp with the butter, oil, & garlic mixture. Other than that I followed the recipe to a "T". My husband usually has a comment about adding or deleting something, however, not this time!! He and I both really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your recipe, we will make it over and over!"

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