Pasta, Rice & Grains

Pasta carbonara


It has been quite cool here in Melbourne for the past couple of weeks and yesterday was freezing – only 12°C with icy winds from the snow fields and lots of rain! Winter has come a month early! Apart from soup, there’s nothing better than a hot bowl of creamy carbonara for lunch to make you feel toasty and forget the rainy mess outside.

I’ve made this pasta carbonara many times over the seven years my husband & I have been together. He says that this is probably the best carbonara ever! When I made this, I used the great smokey free range bacon from The Otways (see the In my Kitchen post from May).

This is my go-to pasta dish whenever I need comfort food, as its creamy (you’d think it was made with cream, not milk), it’s ready in 25 minutes and majority of this dish is done in one pan (less washing up – BONUS!) Is this ticking all your boxes yet?!

Antonnio Carluccio says people get carbonara ‘completely wrong’. The main ingredients should be bacon, eggs and parmesan only but I can’t help using milk. I need some creaminess in my life.


When stirring in the egg, take the pan off the heat. If you add the egg while still on the heat, you could possibly end up with scrambled eggs instead of creamy pasta carbonara.

♥   ♥   ♥

My husband loved the crispy bacon on top of the pasta. I preferred the bacon stirred through – add the bacon once the egg has been stirred through.

♥   ♥   ♥

If you don’t have chicken stock in your pantry, fridge or freezer, I always have powdered chicken stock on hand. Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water and instant chicken stock.

♥   ♥   ♥

Make sure your saucepan is the correct size so the pasta is completely covered by the chicken stock and milk.

PREP: 15 minutes    COOK: 25 minutes     SERVES: 4 people

INGREDIENTS:a.MissFoodFairys no cream carbonara #7
3 cups penne pasta
1 cup chicken stock
2 cups milk
1 garlic clove, grated or minced
Parmesan cheese, grated
Tasty cheese, grated
3 eggs, whisked, room temperature
Fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
4 bacon rashers, cut into strips

In a saucepan, place the pasta, chicken stock, milk and garlic clove on to boil. Once boiling, allow to simmer for 20 minutes, place the lid on and stir occasionally.

While the pasta is cooking, place the butter and bacon strips in a frypan. Fry until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain the bacon pieces on paper towel.

Optional – Drain the bacon oil into the pasta and stir through. This is for added flavour.

After 20 minutes, check the pasta to make sure it’s cooked. Stir through the cheeses and remove from heat. Stir through the whisked eggs.

Serve immediately, topping with bacon pieces and fresh parsley.

a.MissFoodFairys no cream carbonara adding bacon fat

a.MissFoodFairys no cream carbonara adding egg

a.MissFoodFairys no cream carbonara #9

11 comments on “Pasta carbonara

  1. Pingback: In my Kitchen June 2015 | missfoodfairy

  2. Elizabeth

    It is just one os those pasta that says… “please eat me now” its only just starting to get cold here, but I did make this the other night 🙂 Liz xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Definitely winter arrived much too quickly. It’s been very cold in Sydney too. I know you’re not supposed to add milk or cream to a carbonara but I always add a little cream! This is a fantastic family meal xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • You’re right Charlie, carbonara is the perfect family classic everyone enjoys on those ‘fresh’ Winter days/nights. Hope you’re doing ok xx


  4. lizzygoodthings

    Yummy, one of my absolute favourites, especially when you have really good quality bacon and free range eggs. xo

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I need a little cream too 🙂 Wish you could send a little cool weather over here.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. My Kitchen Stories

    Looks like it is the best comfort food you could want especially with that bacon. I am still in denial about winter…

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: