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Shrimp Carbonara

Restaurant-quality pasta made right at home in 25 minutes. Not to mention the creamy sauce with crisp bacon and tender-juicy shrimp!

Shrimp Carbonara - Restaurant-quality pasta made right at home in 25 minutes. Not to mention the creamy sauce with crisp bacon and tender-juicy shrimp!

Crisp bacon bits. Cream sauce. Shrimp and pasta.

It looks super fancy and all but trust me – it doesn’t get easier than this.

Shrimp Carbonara - Restaurant-quality pasta made right at home in 25 minutes. Not to mention the creamy sauce with crisp bacon and tender-juicy shrimp!

The secret here is the cream cheese.

It works as a really convenient shortcut in this cream sauce, coupled with the salty bacon bits along with the juicy shrimp chunks nestled throughout. And the peas add just enough pop of color to make this dish really stand out.

Not to mention Barilla Collezione Bucatini – my absolute favorite pasta to use here. It’s a thicker spaghetti to soak up all that creamy goodness without any waste.

Shrimp Carbonara - Restaurant-quality pasta made right at home in 25 minutes. Not to mention the creamy sauce with crisp bacon and tender-juicy shrimp!

And as always, you can finish this off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste. Remember, 1/4 cup is just a guideline. You know you can always add more.

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Shrimp Carbonara

Restaurant-quality pasta made right at home in 25 minutes. Not to mention the creamy sauce with crisp bacon and tender-juicy shrimp!

10 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces bucatini*
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup half and half*, or more, as needed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Add garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Season shrimp with basil, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste. Add shrimp to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in cream cheese, half and half and peas until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more half and half as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Stir in pasta and bacon.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Notes:

*Spaghetti or linguini can be substituted.

*Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 618.2 Calories from Fat 219.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.4g 38%
Saturated Fat 11.4g 57%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 160.2mg 53%
Sodium 360.8mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 69.5g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%
Sugars 4.2g
Protein 28.7g 57%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute Shrimp Council. All opinions expressed are my own.

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27 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used this recipe over zoodles for my husband and I (we are doing Keto right now) and over pasta for my kids. It was a huge hit! Tonight I am making it for the 3rd time in 6 weeks. Thanks for so many great recipes.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had Shrimp Carbonara for the first time at a local restaurant and was in heaven. Now that we are older, we rarely go out, so when I ran across this recipe, I had to try it. Granted, it doesn’t have eggs like “true” carbonara, but neither is it as difficult to make. And for the difference in taste, I am for your version. My husband had never eaten it, so he just loved the dish. I doubled the recipe except the linguine, (only a pound) and added mushrooms. It is a wonderful, quick dinner that tastes like quality restaurant fare. Thank you.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my favorite recipe of shrimp carbonara. Added mushrooms and also have added chicken. Delicious and very easy. Double the batch last two times as it is just as good reheated. Buccatini is the best!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight. SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!! I didn’t add peas(my family doesn’t like peas). I cooked the bacon in the oven and crumbled it. I have made other recipes from you where you cook bacon in the skillet which I have but I decided to use the oven tonight and it still came out perfect! I hope you NEVER stop making/sharing your recipes! I’ve loved everything I’ve made so far!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a family favorite. My kids request it ALL the time and I don’t mind to make it because it is so easy and just damn delicious! I recommend this website to everyone I know!

  6. Me and my son make it for dinner and tastes really good .

  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    It’s a good receipt but I must be doing something wrong. It comes out oily. Is there a way to prevent this from happening… I have to same trouble with my Alfredo sauce 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight and it was great. I used Gluten Free Barilla Spaghetti, which is very good and I always have in. The only mistake I made was that I cut back too much on the cream cheese and h&h because I used less pasta and shrimp for just my husband and me. My mistake! Next time I will fix that.

  9. The is delicious!! But is not carbonara. This is Alfredo with peas and bacon. Authentic carbonara uses egg yolks, Parmesan and no cream. Regardless, the recipe is very tasty and definitely a keeper. There were no leftovers!

  10. Made this last night and everyone went crazy over it! My three little ones all had second helpings and promptly asked me to make it again another night. Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. I made this recipe at the first of this week and it got rave reviews! My husband is a shrimp carbonara fanatic and he declared it one of the best he’s tasted, and I have to agree with him. It even reheats beautifully and that was a big surprise! The only things I did different was I used pancetta instead of bacon (I never have bacon in the house but I always have pancetta! Go figure!) and I doubled the garlic. This recipe is definitely on my make again list!

  12. LOVED the recipe, I added sliced mushrooms as well:)

  13. This dish is amazing! My kids aren’t huge shrimp fans but they totally loved this! Thanks for the great recipe.

  14. Recipe was delicious!!  Added high quality shrimp, applewood smoked thick-cut bacon, and extra half and half cream.  Family clamored for more!!

  15. I made this tonight, it was easier than I thought. Thanks!!!

  16. Ugh, I’m so sad. I really wanted to like this but I must have done something wrong. I halved the recipe for my husband and I since I didn’t think leftovers would reheat particularly well. It seemed kinda gummy. Perhaps I needed more half and half? This is my first fail out of dozens of your recipes, so I’m going to chalk it up to a chef error haha. I want to try your regular carbonara next! 

    • Oh no – what a bummer! Yes, halving the recipe will only result in 2 tablespoons cream cheese and 2 tablespoons half and half, which just isn’t enough. But you can always add more half and half as needed until the desired consistency is reached. Hope that helps!

  17. That looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it! Carbonara has always been one of my favourite pastas. Can’t go wrong with bacon and shrimp! And the cream cheese—what a clever substitute for eggs that are usually found in a carbonara!

  18. Made this recipe tonight (minus peas) and loved it!!! really easy and damn delicious!!! 

  19. Cream cheese! What a clever shortcut to making cream sauce. This shrimp carbonara is totally fabulous.

  20. Tried this tonight, perfect comfort food for a gloomy day! Rich and creamy, with the bacon giving a salty crunch! I’ll definitely do this one again – thanks!

  21. The photographs in this post are amazing.  And here’s another dish I can’t wait to try!  Thanks for sharing.

  22. Now I’m craving for carbonara! I need to make this 🙂 Thank you!

  23. This looks positively decadent and delicious! Will be trying this very, very soon – like this week!

  24. This looks absolutely delicious..Great way to start week.!! 
    Thanks for sharing such amazing recipe!!