Pasta Carbonara Recipe Deluxe (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)

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Absolutely the best pasta carbonara recipe on the web! This creamy pasta carbonara is my delicious healthier version of the famous Italian creation, Spaghetti alla Carbonara. It was considered a favorite of the Romans.

Traditional Pasta Recipe

Traditionally this pasta recipe consisted of a base of bacon or pancetta, eggs, pecorino-Romano cheeses and spaghetti. However, I like to incorporate, some veggies and fresh herbs not only for flavor but of course for health benefits. For a match made in heaven, served with my crispy Italian salad tossed with artichoke dressing Fantastico!

Remember, you can always substitute whole wheat pasta, brown rice pasta, gluten-free pasta or even Catelli smart pasta, which is higher in fiber. Rigatoni or penne noodles are also an option.

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Pasta Carbonara Recipe


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup bacon, chopped (I use thick sliced smoked bacon from meat shop)
  • 1/2 cup extra lean, hot capicola, chopped in small squares
  • 1/2 cup purple onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped fine
  • 1  cup mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground or course pepper
  • 4 cups cooked spaghettini or pasta of your choice
  • Boil in salt water (al dente!)
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water


  • In a large fry pan, fry bacon well in oil and butter.
  • Add in capicola just before bacon is cooked, stir fry 1 min.
  • Add purple onion green pepper and mushrooms, stir fry on low heat 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk together cream, eggs and Romano cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in salt, pepper and 2 tbsp of parsley into egg mixture.
  • Next, add cooked spaghettini or other pasta to fry pan, use a spaghetti fork, toss it in thoroughly with bacon mixture and stir fry pasta for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in cream, egg and cheese combination, quickly toss it thoroughly into pasta and bacon mixture in pan.
  • Add reserved pasta water 1 tbsp at a time for
    extra creaminess, just until heat through.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkle more cheese and desired amount or pepper and/or salt.
  • Garnish with Italian parsley

Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 25 min. (including pasta)
Serves: 4

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Nutritional Facts

Italian Parsley is loaded with nutrition. Parsley is a good source of vitamin K, A, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, as well as fiber. It also contains flavonoids which makes it a strong antioxidant, thus helping reduce free radicals and inflammation. Parsley has iron in it and is a natural breath freshener as well.

For more on eating healthy, I find Health Benefits Times very informative.

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