Shrimp Bacon Carbonara

Bacon Shrimp Carbonara

 

Have you ever made shrimp scampi and been left with just shrimp…no sauce (because everyone wanted more than their fair share of buttery yum on their pasta)?  Well, I had just such a case happen to me.  I had another unexpected leftover, too. Bacon.  When in the history of my family have we ever made too much bacon for breakfast???  So there I was; bacon and shrimp sitting forlornly in the fridge.  You can see where this is going, I am sure.  Yup.  The title gave it away.  Carbonara, a traditionally Italian dish based on pasta, eggs, black pepper, pecorino romano and fatty pork (in the USA that would be bacon).  Adding those shrimp and some cream made it truly delightful.  Yeah for leftovers made into new meals!!!

Shrimp Bacon Carbonara
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shrimp, I chopped mine to go further
  • 8 strips bacon,
  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (optional...see directions below)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried chervil or parsley (you could also use fresh)
  • ⅔ cup cream, half & half or evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups freshly grated pecorino romano
Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Options:
  3. If you are starting from scratch, cook the bacon.
  4. Drain all but 2 Tbsp of drippings.
  5. Saute the onion and garlic in the dripping.
  6. When they are almost done, add the shrimp, black pepper and chervil and cook until the shrimp turns pink.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the eggs and cream.
  8. Drain some of the pasta water into your big pasta bowl to warm it up.
  9. Completely drain the pasta.
  10. Empty the hot water out of the bowl and immediately pour in the egg and cream mixture.
  11. Top with the pasta and toss vigorously.
  12. Add the bacon/shrimp mixture and the pecorino and toss again.
  13. You may want to add a bit more pepper, too.
  14. Option 2.
  15. If you have some leftover bacon and already cooked shrimp, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil.
  16. When they are done, add the bacon to soften.
  17. At the same time, add the chervil and pepper.
  18. Add the shrimp last and heat through.
  19. Continue as directed above.

 

Boil the pasta according to package directions.
Options:
1. If you are starting from scratch, cook the bacon.  Drain all but 2 Tbsp of dripping.  Saute the onion and garlic in the dripping.  When they are almost done, add the shrimp, black pepper and chervil and cook until the shrimp turns pink.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs and cream.  Drain some of the pasta water into your big pasta bowl to warm it up.  Completely drain the pasta.  Empty the hot water out of the bowl and immediately pour in the egg and cream mixture.  Top with the pasta and toss vigorously.  Add the bacon/shrimp mixture and the pecorino and toss again. You may want to add a bit more pepper, too.
2. If you have some leftover bacon and already cooked shrimp, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil.  When they are done, add the bacon to soften.  At the same time, add the chervil and pepper.  Add the shrimp last and heat through.  Continue as directed above.

38 thoughts on “Shrimp Bacon Carbonara

  1. >I love shrimp in pasta dishes. And this creamy concoction looks wonderful! I could probably eat a whole bowl, and then another, and then another. Thanks for sharing!

  2. >Yum! That looks amazing….my kids and I would love it (though hubby on a diet would not….).

    from BF FF… TGIF!
    @hotcookinchick

  3. >my mouth was watering as I read your recipe! That looks so good… I might try making it for dinner tonight.
    found you on blog frog

  4. >I love Carbonara, adding shrimp is a great idea…..the bacon and the shrimp together add such combination of flavors….now you got me hungry!

  5. >You KNOW I love carbonara but we NEVER run outta sauce before shrimp in our house. This looks like a fabulous recipe should that ever happen. Heck, it looks like a fabulous recipe regardless :)

  6. >I'm a vegetarian but have been craving bacon something FIERCE lately. This didn't help! It sounds and looks so good.

  7. >Oh dear, this looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe=) We may just have to try this one!

    THanks for the comment=)

    Your bf, ff friend=)

  8. >This is my number one go-to comfort food favorite dish in the whole wide world. I love what you've done with it too. I'm going to have to "make" some leftovers now. :)

  9. >I love when leftovers turn into a delicious new meal :) Definite success here! And I think I jinxed the rain after I posted about it earlier in the week. Not a drop since…just tons and tons of humidity.

  10. >I have not made a Carbonara dish in quite awhile…this looks perfect:) Great save for the shrimp…

  11. >Carbonara is one of my favorite pastas to begin with and then when you add shrimp – definitely take it up a few notches! Looks fantastic.

  12. >I love carbonara and I can only imagine how good it would taste with shrimp added to it. This is a lovely recipe. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  13. >This sounds awesome! I have scampi on the menu plan for this week. I know what I'll do with the leftovers – or maybe just go straight to this recipe to begin with – yum!

  14. Made this for my fiancés homecoming. Thanks for such an awesome recipe. It was perfect for this occasion.

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