20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

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20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara is the quickest and easiest weeknight dinner recipe. It’s a simple pasta recipe that’s bursting with big delicious flavors! The pasta is creamy, satisfying and has a salty kick from the bacon.

20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

I am in love with this pasta. If it weren’t for the fact that pasta is my favorite food, the fact that this recipe is ready in 20 minutes might persuade me. If that didn’t, the fact that it cooks in one pot absolutely would seal the deal for this being the best weeknight dinner meal ever. #amIright

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Carbonara has just a few key ingredients, but every ingredient packs some punch. Pasta, bacon, cream, cheese, and pepper are the basic ingredients. Sometimes I toss in garlic powder.

I suggest adding salt at the very end. You’ll want to taste it first. Sometimes I find the salt-cured bacon is all the salt the dish needs.

I used Barilla® Pronto™ spaghetti pasta in my 20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara recipe. It’s a new pasta that cooks in one pot in 10 minutes. It’s the best thing since sliced bread!! Spaghetti pasta is traditional in this dish, but use whatever pasta shape you have on hand. Barilla® Pronto™ is available in five delicious shapes Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows, Linguine and Rotini. These Barilla Pronto pastas really will help make your pasta mealtime prep faster and easier – all in one pan!

20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

  1. Optional add-ins for this recipe are 1 cup frozen English peas or 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
  2. You can also 1 cup shrimp. I would add the shrimp to the pasta 1 to 2 minutes before the water is cooked out of the pasta. It depends on the size of your shrimp as to how long it will take them to cook. Watch them closely.
  3. You may also substitute pancetta for bacon.

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20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara is the easiest and quickest weeknight dinner that you'll ever make. The pasta cooks quickly and the entire dish is made in one pot. This pasta is creamy and satisfying.
Author: Paula
5 from 36 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 1 box Barilla® Pronto™ Linguine
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 strips bacon cooked crisp and chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • *salt optional (taste test first)
  • *1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • garnish with parsley bacon and Parmesan


  • Measure all your ingredients so they are ready.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Cut into large pieces. Set aside.
  • Add cold water and pasta to skillet. Set timer on 10 minutes now.
  • Bring pasta to a boil, stir occasionally. Boil until water is evaporated and pasta is cooked.
  • Add cream, egg, Parmesan, pepper and garlic is you're adding garlic. (it's optional)
  • Stir to combine. Cook 30 seconds to one minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in bacon.
  • Garnish and serve immediately.


*Optional add-ins: 1 cup frozen English peas. 1 cup chopped cooked chicken


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Minute One Pot Pasta Carbonara

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