Mushroom and Red Pepper Carbonara

"Crushed red pepper gives this traditional pasta dish an added kick, while mushrooms add extra flavor and texture."
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  • Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salt water for 8-10 minutes.
  • While the pasta is cooking mix in a large bowl; parmesan cheese, sour cream, salt, black pepper, eggs, and garlic.
  • Drain the pasta in a collander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup of water.
  • Add reserved water to egg mixture.
  • Heat oil over very low heat in the pan that the pasta was cooked.
  • Add bacon and pasta.
  • Pour egg mixture over the pasta and add red pepper and mushrooms.
  • Mix well and heat for just a couple of minutes to thicken and cook eggs.
  • Serve.

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  1. Marla Swoffer
    So easy and delicious! I didn't measure but I'm fairly certain I doubled the cheese. I skipped using the oil at the end, and just dumped the noodles, water, and egg mixture together at the same time (an accident but it worked out fine). I also left off the mushrooms as I only had white ones, and I didn't think they would get cooked enough. Cooking my bacon in the microwave (5 minutes) made it even faster. Will definitely make this again...and again!
  2. SarahBeth
    Delicous! The only change we made was to use canned mushrooms instead of fresh ones. Since I had it on hand! Next time I will make the sauce half over again, and add some chicken! Thanks for posting -- this is a definite "make over and over again" recipe! [Made for PAC Fall 2009]
  3. Giggling
    We really enjoyed this! I can't think of any changes I would make so 5 stars :-D
  4. Stacee R.
    Loved it! This is definitely a 5-star recipe. Thanks for sharing this fantastic Carbonara, PFM! **Made for Fall PAC 2008**
  5. Susiecat too
    My family decided they all thought this was absolutely a 5-star recipe. I used a veggie-fake version of bacon (it is soy) but used everything else according to the recipe. But since I am the only person here who likes spicy food, I put red pepper flakes in only my own portion and kept theirs plain. It was devoured in about five minutes flat. Very silent dinner time. Thanks, Mandy! Made for PAC Spring 2008


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