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Bacon and Beer Carbonara

By Angie McGowan |


Spaghetti Carbonara is our family’s favorite go-to pasta dinner. It’s quick, comforting, and so easy. But I’ll admit I’m usually out of the typical carbonara ingredients – pancetta or prosciutto and dry white wine. That’s why I created an even better carbonara recipe with more common ingredients, bacon and beer. We use stout, or any other dark beer for this recipe. Using a dark beer and smoky bacon adds much more depth of flavor. You just have to try this. And my favorite part about this dish is that it’s so quick and easy to make. Your friends will think you made some super fancy Italian dish, when in reality you just threw together some bacon and eggs and put it with pasta. And the best part about this dish is, it’s cheap! What more could you ask for?

I serve this with a side salad, some crusty bread with a dipping olive oil infused with garlic and dried herbs, and of course, beer.


Bacon and Beer Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients

1 large sweet onion, chopped
8 oz smoked bacon, chopped
3 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
2 cups sweet grape tomatoes (optional)
1 cup Stout or other Dark Beer
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 lb spaghetti
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

1. Add chopped bacon to a large skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium low heat, and then add chopped onions. Continue to cook until bacon renders it’s fat and is crisp.

2. While bacon is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions. After bacon is done, add beer and tomatoes to skillet with bacon, it’s fat and the onions. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Wait until tomatoes pop. Add eggs to a large bowl and whisk. Temper the eggs by adding a little of the hot beer mixture at a time to the eggs, whisking constantly until you’ve added all the beer and bacon mixture. Combine this with the pasta and Parmesan. Toss well to coat. The heat from the pasta will cook the eggs and melt the cheese.

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About Angie McGowan

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Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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8 thoughts on “Bacon and Beer Carbonara

  1. Feast on the Cheap says:

    YUM! Love this

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  3. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Bacon, beer, and carbonara – those are three very good words in one sentence. Great dish!

  4. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    I think this turns regular carbonara into a man pleasing meal!

  5. foodies at home says:

    I like good and cheap! Plus this looks super tasty!

  6. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    How fun that you swapped out the beer for the wine – great idea Angie!

  7. Jason says:

    Bacon, beer and carbonara. Sounds like a perfect evening.

  8. Amber DeGrace says:

    I made this last evening for dinner. Quick and simple, it turned out moist and delicious. My only problem with it is that I used a homebrew porter and it ended up tasting bitter. It wasn’t a hoppy beer so I’m not sure what caused the bitterness. I’ll add a touch of honey to the sauce next time.

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