Inspired by pasta alla carbonara, this dish features bacon instead of pancetta, while shallots and peas give the sauce texture.

Everyday Food, March 2008

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Set a large pot of salted water to boil. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain (leave fat in skillet).

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  • Add shallots to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peas and half-and-half; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

  • Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water a little at a time to coat. Sprinkle with bacon, and serve immediately.

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Reviews (16)

133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 54
  • 2 star values: 26
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: Unrated
02/05/2012
My whole family, including my 9 year old, loved this dish! I added garlic for some added flavor. I was delicioius and we will make it again!
Rating: Unrated
01/25/2011
Very good and very easy. Instead of half-and-half I used some milk thickened with flour and it came it great. Good quick and easy dinner!
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10/12/2010
This recipe is so easy and really delicious. I love pasta carbonara but the raw eggs in the sauce always worry me. This recipe is egg free and tastes great!
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Rating: Unrated
03/16/2009
this recipe is great! super easy and VERY delicious! it makes really good leftovers; it will feed my husband and me for about a week.
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03/16/2009
this recipe is great! super easy and VERY delicious! it makes really good leftovers; it will feed my husband and me for about a week.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2009
I just bade this last night! I added some mushrooms, garlic and a splash of cooking wine. Very good.
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Rating: Unrated
02/14/2009
Excellent, fast, and easy. Great on a weekday.
Rating: Unrated
04/25/2008
How can something so simple be so good? It's a perfect weekday meal. The kids even ate the peas! I did use pancetta instead of bacon, because I had it. But I sent this recipe to all my friends. It's a keeper!
Rating: Unrated
04/15/2008
This was incredible. My kids inhaled it! I have never cared for dry angel hair pasta, but the fresh angel hair pasta was excellent. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. It was so quick and easy!
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04/08/2008
This was definitely easy to make, and delicious. The next time I make it, I am going to use a half a box to three-quarters of a box of pasta, and break them in half before cooking. I felt there was too much pasta, which made it seem dry. Also, when the pasta was long, it was hard to mix. Also, I might add more bacon. I will definitely make it again. My two small kids (ages 1
Rating: Unrated
03/29/2008
I think it needs more of a sauce, was a bit dry, but it was good. Great taste!
Rating: Unrated
03/20/2008
This was great just the way it is. But will try other Ideas also. My Husband sprinkled a Soy Sause on his. good to. Joanny
Rating: Unrated
03/12/2008
We made this over the weekend and it was wonderful- we also added boneless chicken to it - Family loved it will make it again I'm sure
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2008
My family loved this recipe! I used leftover bacon from our weekend breakfast. I have two teenage boys and I was worried that this recipe would be a bit light for them. I was wrong. They loved it! I also recommended this recipe to my mother who cooks for one.
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2008
My family loved this recipe! I used leftover bacon from our weekend breakfast. I have two teenage boys and I was worried that this recipe would be a bit light for them. I was wrong. They loved it! I also recommended this recipe to my mother who cooks for one.
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2008
Light tasting...good way to have a Carbonara when watching the cals. Kids, ages 10
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