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Penne Carbonara with salad, santa claus, tabasco bottle, greenery, and a lit candle in the background

Easy, Quick, and Delicious Penne Carbonara!

Grace
This easy and quick Penne Carbonara is sooo delicious and will have your family craving for more!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Pasta Cooking Time 10 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb penne pasta cooked according to package directions; I have allowed for 10 minutes in this recipe but please adjust according to your package directions
  • 5 slices bacon diced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced; I usually go heavy on the garlic but please adjust to your tastes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • Italian parsley optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Cook your diced bacon in a large skillet on medium high heat. Fry the bacon a bit until slightly crispy. You want a little bit of crispiness but don't overdo this part. :-) This may take between 3-5 minutes. Stir often.
  • Once the bacon is slightly crispy, remove all but about 2-3 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the garlic, and then stir fry continuously for around 2 minutes. Set aside.
    Diced bacon and minced garlic in a skillet with a wooden spoon
  • Place eggs and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Whisk well until both ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
    Eggs and parmesan cheese in a white bowl, with a packet of parmesan cheese
  • Meanwhile, cook your penne according to package directions. Just prior to draining, reserve a cup of the pasta water. Drain penne.
    red measuring cup with reserved pasta water
  • Add the penne to the skillet which has the garlic and bacon. Allow this to cool about a minute, and then add the whisked egg and parmesan cheese to the skillet. Stir well to incorporate, and add a little reserved pasta water (only if needed) to loosen up the pasta. You are aiming for a smooth and silky sauce, with no scrambled eggs in sight. :-) Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Penne Carbonara and a wooden spoon
  • Serve! Garnish with Italian parsley, black pepper, and additional parmesan cheese if desired. Mangia!
    Penne Carbonara

Notes

You may not need to add any of the reserved pasta water.  First be sure to incorporate the egg and parmesan cheese.  If the penne is not silky and smooth, add a little reserved pasta water at a time until you achieve the silky sauce you are after. 
To avoid scrambled eggs, you do want the skillet and contents to cool off a bit, but not so much that it is too cold and the eggs won't cook.  I recommend allow around a minute to cool off.
Enjoy this most delicious of pasta dishes with your family!!
Keyword carbonara, Pasta, penne