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A traditional carbonara pasta is combined with sausage and bacon in this indulgent Sausage Carbonara Pasta.

A traditional carbonara pasta is combined with sausage and bacon in this indulgent Sausage Carbonara Pasta.

Photos Updated February 2015

I can’t believe it’s the last day of NaBloPoMo, and I’ve actually made it through. 1 post every day – and it’s been a hectic month!! And now, I’m thinking I’m going to take a break, but I still have so much to share!! I thought that I’d be able to clear out all of those photos out of my “to blog” folder, but there are still so many!! And I have a new Cookbook of the Month to announce tomorrow (I’m so excited for December’s book!!) So maybe you won’t be getting a break from me, but at least I won’t feel the pressure of blogging every day anymore!

Today’s recipe is a Cookbook of the Month recipe. I decided that I couldn’t cook from an Italian cookbook and not feature at least 1 pasta recipe, so in a week where we already had pasta several days, my husband agreed to let me make yet another pasta dish. I was actually leaning towards making risotto, but my husband vetoed that and picked out this pasta dish.

I have never made a proper carbonara dish before. I was really excited about this, even though I know how not good it is for me. But everything in moderation, right?!? This was everything I expected it to be. Rich, creamy, and very flavorful. The store I stopped at didn’t have pancetta, so I substituted thick cut bacon instead. The only other change I made was to use Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan, because that’s what I had in the fridge. It all came together quite quickly – the most time consuming part is rolling the sausage into little balls. I will definitely make this again!!
A traditional carbonara pasta is combined with sausage and bacon in this indulgent Sausage Carbonara Pasta.

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Sausage Carbonara Pasta
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A traditional carbonara pasta is combined with sausage and bacon in this indulgent Sausage Carbonara Pasta.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb Italian sausages
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb linguine pasta
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3½ oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Remove the sausages from the skins. Using wet hands, roll the sausage into small balls about the size of marbles. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sausage balls and cook until they are starting to brown, then add the bacon. Continue to cook until the sausage and bacon are both cooked through.
  3. While the sausage is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve a mug full of the pasta water before draining.
  4. Combine the egg yolks, cream, Parmesan, lemon zest and parsley in a bowl and whisk to combine. Immediately after draining the pasta, return it to the same pot and add the egg yolk mixture. Vigorously stir the pasta and the sauce - the heat from the pasta will gently cook the eggs. It should form a silky sauce after stirring for a minute or two. If the sauce becomes too dry or stiff, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up.
  5. Stir the sausage and bacon into the pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle each serving with olive oil before serving.
adapted from Jamie’s Italy


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14 Responses to Sausage Carbonara Pasta

  1. Kim Stone says:

    I’ve been lusting for this cookbook. Looks as if it’s just as nice as his others. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  2. Katerina says:

    This looks great, I LOVE carbonara! I much prefer it at home though as sometimes the stuff out has cream added and I really like it with just the eggs. I guess I will have to cave and try this recipe even though it does include cream…

  3. Emiline says:

    It sounds really good…so simple. I love pasta with a little bit of lemon.
    What sausage did you use? Like, sweet Italian sausage with the casing on it? I think we might have that, but I’m not sure.

    Congrats on making it through the month! I can’t believe you did that. Looking forward to the next book pick.

  4. Dhanggit says:

    i just had carbonara yesterday..its a dish very simple and yet really good..i often use some bacon..never imagine that using italian sausage will give it a new look!!thanks for dropping by at my site..glad to discover your blog.;i added you up in my blogroll..so expect me to visit you regularly..have a nice day :-)

  5. glamah16 says:

    Oh that looks so good1 Certain Someone cant enough of both sausage and pasta. I hear you on the break. Will miss you, but I’m sure you’ll be back in no time.

  6. Cynthia says:

    So simple but so darn tasty!

  7. LP says:

    Thanks for the comment Deborah! This pasta looks decadent and mighty filling just how I like it.

  8. Liliana says:

    30 posts in 30 days! Congrats!

    I LOVE the cookbook Jamie’s Italy! My 19 year old daughter actually made this dish one night while my husband and I were going out and it turned out delicious! ( I was allowed to taste it) It’s another take on the recipe using the lemon and sausage.

  9. Bellini Valli says:

    This carbonara dish sounds delicious Deborah. the addition of the sausage would make it into a very hearty and comforting meal!

  10. Jenn says:

    That looks SOOO good. What kind of sausages did you use? Were they flavoured?

    I am definitely trying this recipe very soon!


  11. Shandy says:

    You are too wonderful! First, thank you for your comments on my Thanksgiving dinner. . .and my motto is that my door is always open to friends. . .so there you go! Your recipe for carbonara with sausage looks beautiful and as if I could taste the flavors through your picture! Thank you for taking the time to share so many great recipes and thoughts through out the month. I have no idea how you found the time and energy to do this =D

  12. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    It’s such a good book and I loved the series that went with it. Well done on your whole month of posting. That month went so fast. I remember seeing posts that people would be posting every day and thinking it would be so hard but here we are in December already.

  13. Helene says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. That recipe looks great.

  14. Kevin says:

    This sounds really good. Sausage, pancetta and parmesan with carbonaran sauce…mmm…

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