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Pasta Carbonara with Hickory Smoked Bacon


"Pasta Carbonara sounds fancy, but in truth, it couldn't be easier to make. This meal can be prepared quickly and is sure to please foodies and kids alike!"—David

Tip: Spaghetti is typically used in Pasta Carbonara, but feel free to use whatever shape pasta you have on hand.

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  • 1 lb dry spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 10 oz hickory smoked bacon, sliced into small strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


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Step 1

Bring five quarts of water to a boil in a large pot with the salt. Add the spaghetti and cook until just al dente (follow the package instructions for time).

Before draining, scoop out one cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon over medium heat in a deep sauté pan until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, about 6–8 minutes. Add the garlic and the black pepper and cook for 30 seconds more.

Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the sauté pan and toss to evenly coat the spaghetti.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese, egg beaters, and reserved cup of pasta water and quickly toss to coat.

Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the pasta, toss, and serve immediately.

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