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20 Minute Penne Carbonara for Two

20 Minute Penne Carbonara for Two

Italian pasta Carbonara for two using 6 simple ingredients and perfectly sized for two servings. Best of all this can be served in about 20 minutes.













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2 ounces bacon
2 slices, chopped, or pancetta if you have it
4 ounces pasta, penne
dry, whole-wheat or regular
1 large eggs
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
or half and half for a lighter version
2 tablespoons pecorino cheese
grated, or parmesan
1 x black pepper
freshly ground, to taste


Cook the bacon until crispy (or pancetta until transparent), drain on paper toweling and set aside. If using pancetta don't drain the fat (there won't be as much and it's packed with flavor).

Meanwhile, cook the pasta is salted water until al denté or to your preference. Drain and return to the pot. Reduce heat to as low as you can.

In a small bowl whisk together the egg, cream and cheese. Season with fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Add the bacon to the pasta, stir and add the egg mixture while stirring constantly.

Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly.

Keep the pasta moving in pot so that the eggs do not scramble. Be careful, super low heat is the key and cook just until thickened.

Serve immediately. You may wish to reserve a small amount of bacon in the previous step for garnish along with a grinding or two of black pepper.

There is no need to add salt, the bacon and cheese is sufficient seasoning.


* not incl. in nutrient facts


over 5 years

My first ever carbonara with pecorino romano. I added one not too big minced garlic clove, and in my opinion it is already a 6-star recipe.


over 5 years

Wow this is almost too quick and easy. Surprisingly light tasting and very quick to prepare and serve for a quick lunch. While the bacon was cooking the pasta was boiling and the sauce was prepared - 10 minutes. Drain and it's ready in about 2 minutes, just enough to thicken the sauce. There was a nice thin coating on the pasta. Next time will add a clove of garlic to the sauce, then it will be a 5 star recipe!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 103g (3.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36462% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 694mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4% Iron 9%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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