Pasta Carbonara Recipe Deluxe (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)

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

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. You can also use rigatoni or penne noodles.

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 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground or course pepper

4 cups cooked spaghettini. (I used multigrain.) Boil in salt water (al dente!) Rinse in warm water so it does not stick)

  • In a large fry pan, fry bacon well in oil and butter.
  • Add in capicola just before bacon is well done.
  • Stir in purple onion and mushrooms saute for 7 or so minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk together cream, eggs, vegetable or chicken broth and Romano cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in salt, parsley and pepper.
  • Next, add your cooked spaghettini to fry pan, using a spaghetti fork, stir it in thoroughly with bacon mixture and fry pasta for 5 or so minutes.
  • Pour in cream, egg and cheese mixture, quickly toss it together well. Keep tossing approximately 2 minutes or until egg is cooked.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkle more cheese and desired amount or pepper and/or salt.
  • Garnish with Italian parsley

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
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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