Josh's Sort-Of Carbonara or Cheesy Bacon Pasta

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is my fiance's recipe from the days when the only kind of meat he could afford was bacon! It really only bears a passing resemblance to traditional carbonara recipes, but it's awfully good just the same. Use any kind of pasta like rotelli, tagliatelle, etc., that will catch the sauce.


  1. Boil water for the pasta and cook per package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cut bacon into 1/2 inch or 1 inch squares and saute 5 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until bacon is crispy and onion is soft.
  4. Add pasta, stir.
  5. Add parmesan and stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add half and half and stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve on warmed plates.
Most Helpful

5 5

Yum. Used 1/2 pound of bacon, about 12 ounces of pasta and sour cream in place of the half and half. Also added some peas. Delicious.

5 5

Super easy. I added some chopped tomato and chard. Also substituted half the parm with sharp cheddar and added a splash of white wine. Yummm!

5 5

So good! Even got a positive response from our son, who normally doesn't say anything about the meals he's being served. I used whole wheat penne and red onion. I also increased the amount of cheese and half/half. :)