PASTA CARBONARA- A great meal you probably have in your pantry and

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Pasta Carbonara is one of those fabulous meals that you have to eat to understand! And when you try it you will be hooked forever! It is so delicious and creamy and cheesy and infused with great bacon flavor! It’s what I call a pantry meal. I make it with things I have on hand in my pantry and frig.  Pasta Carbonara is a family favorite! It’s budget friendly, feeds a crowd and is easy to make. A scrumptious winner for sure…

PASTA CARBONARA- easy family

Pasta Carbonara is the perfect, quick meal for when the family gathers.  And this dish became a one pot meal with the help of Barilla Pronto Pasta.

 Barilla Pronto Pasta is a new and awesome pasta that make fantastic al dente pasta without waiting for a pot of water to boil and no draining either! I am very, VERY picky about pasta not tasting “starchy” so I was a little skeptical. But Pronto Pasta won me over. It is REALLY delicious!!!

Here’s all you need to make this scrumptious meal… IN ONE POT

  • EGGS

That’s it! 


You won’t believe the great dish that can be coaxed out of these simple fresh flavors!


I started dinner and while I took picture my daughter-in-law Abigail took over. Our island is the gathering place in the kitchen! My sweet mother is always around to pitch in too!

PASTA CARBONARA- Abby and Mom making

 Family dinner nights are my absolute favorite. It’s our time to kick back, reconnect and have fun! Because we all have busy lives it’s all the more important to be intentional and make time for those we love! And in my family that usually includes a great, easy meal!

PASTA CARBONARA- Abby, Mom, Chis and Bobby making

 And what could be easier than a pasta dinner that can be made in ONE POT!!! Here’s how it works…

PASTA CARBONARA- cooking pronto

Dinner included Pasta Carbonara, an Arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette, assorted marinaded olives and something refreshing to drink! We could not wait to dig in to this delightful meal! Well, that is after Abby gave Chris a little kiss! They just celebrated their second anniversary!

PASTA CARBONARA- Abby and Chris stealing a



I hope you will try this tasty dish… and Barilla Pronto Pasta

Now you buy any four Barilla Pronto Pasta products (no coupon needed) for $5.00 or $1.25 each while supplies last until 5/16/15. I got my Barilla Pronto Pasta at ShopRite.


A scrumptious, easy to make , pasta dish with smoky bacon and a creamy Parmesan sauce. Make it with Barilla Pronto Pasta for a one pot meal!
Print Recipe


  • 1 box Barilla Pronto Pasta Linguine
  • 6 ounces of cooked bacon chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • pepper
  • 3 TBS fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 box of frozen baby peas


  • Follow the directions on the box of Barilla Linguine and cook pasta until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, beat the eggs in a bowl and add the Parmesan cheese. Mix.
  • When the pasta is done, add the garlic and cook for 2 minute.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the egg and Parmesan cheese mixture VIGOROUSLY! Stir very fast until the egg is mixed and the Parmesan cheese is melted. Add enough hot water to loosen up pasta and make a sauce.
  • Mix in the bacon and the fresh herbs and pepper. If you want to add peas do it now. I am NOT a fan of peas so my Pasta Carbonara is san peas!
  • Put the pan back on the stove and cook until it is warmed through.
  • Serve immediately. Top with extra cheese and fresh herbs.


I make my bacon in the oven on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until crisp. Drain. I keep cooked bacon in the freezer ready to be used when I need it.
Author: Yvonne @ StoneGable
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PASTA CARBONARA- A scrumptious, easy one pot family meal. A must try!







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  1. Thanks for this Yvonne, I’m always looking for quick, filling meals with two teenage boys in the house! Nice to see your lovely family xx

  2. This sounds so easy, going to make it tonight. Do you drain the pasta ,then put in the egg mixture? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Jackie, I used Barilla Pronto Pasta and it’s so easy. There is no draining!!! If you use regular pasta you will have to drain it.

  3. Barilla is also my pasta brand of choice, but I have not heard of this ‘pronto pasta’. Will definitely try this recipe and will look for the new pasta in the grocery today. Thanks for sharing, Yvonne!

    1. Hi Debra! The pronto pasta is now my go-to choice. It’s SO SO easy and it really is delicious! Barilla has always been a favorite of mine too!

  4. Too funny!! I just made carbonara on Friday night! It’s one of our family favourites – the kids called it “bacon and egg” spaghetti when they were young.
    I’m going to keep my eye out for the Pronto brand of pasta though – what a difference that will make on a busy night.

  5. I haven’t used the Pasta Pronto although I have used Barilla in the past. I’ve made pasta carbonara many times and I simply LOVE it. Right now I’m into making our own pasta but for a busy family this would be good. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I enjoyed your article! Pasta Carbonara originated from Rome and I learned of it while vacationing in there a few years ago. Like you, I was hooked. In Italy they use there version of bacon, pancetta. which does’t have a smokey flavor. I live in Lancaster County, PA and finding imported Italian foods is an adventure. However, you can find domestic pancetta at large chain supermarkets. It truly makes a difference in flavor.

    1. I have used Pancetta often. But our family loves the smoky flavor of bacon. Either way it is an amazing dish!!!! Thanks for all the great info! Costo carries great pancetta in our area!~

  7. Karen VanLoo says:

    Oh my gosh! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Pasta Carbonara is my favorite pasta dish, and I’m definitely going to try the Barilla Pronto Pasta! What a fabulous idea. Thank you for this recipe!

  8. Looks delicious! A quick and easy recipe that I can’t wait to try. Love your blog.

  9. Love that dish. My Italian daughter in law makes it. Love these family shots!

  10. First of all….I am so thrilled to see your mom in the photos!….she looks amazing!……I love that you have family dinner night…I feel we all should have that tradition…..having dinner as a family was and still is such a special time of the day….and I must try that pasta….I thought the no-boil lasagna was the hit…now this???…how great!!….the Pasta Carbonara looks so wonderful….I will take some leftovers please!!!

    1. Shirley, my mom will kill me for saying this but she will be 84 in a couple months and is more active than me! She hangs out with me and my girlfriends and does not skip a beat!!!!! She has an iphone an ipad and uses them better than me. She also is active on facebook. What a kick!!!!! She’s amazing and timeless and a huge blessing to me!!!

  11. This looks absolutely delicious! I am a pasta lover and this looks like one I will be making soon! I love the pictures of your sweet family. What a happy time you had sharing!

  12. I always look forward to your posts, and absolutely loved seeing part of your family! I think it helps in keeping a blog “real”. Pasta Carbonara is my fav, too…..but will look for this new Pronto pasta now.

  13. Not sure which excited me more…pics and recipe of Carbonara Pasta OR the pics of your family! What a treasure they are….and I am headed out now to find Pronto Pasta and plan to make this for dinner one night this week….I love pasta carbonara when I eat out but have never made it at home…the egg part scares me!! I don’t like eggs and have always been afraid I could taste it..but I am game with this simple recipe to try it!

    1. Pasta Carnoara is so easy Carol. The secret is to stir, stir, stir the pasta when you add in the egg/cheese mixture. AND make sure it’s off the heat. So so easy!!!!

  14. I love every single thing about this post! Beautiful family and wonderful time together!
    The recipe looks pretty good, too!

  15. LOVE THE FAMILY PICS! We were just talking about Pasta Carbonara at work on Friday…this Italian girl has never tried.
    Now that I have a fun and easy recipe to follow – it’s on the menu. I will definitely print and share with my co-workers.

  16. My mouth is watering! We only use Barilla and once when my hubby’s aunt brought over another brands, we used it and my kids complained! Love the idea of a one pot meal

  17. I’m sooooooooo glad to see a recipe of yours again. I’ve truly missed your recipe posts!

  18. This sounds so yummy as well as quick and easy; it doesn’t get any better than that 🙂 On a side note….I really like the rail on your kitchen wall with what appears to be measuring cups hanging on. May I ask where you purchased it?

    1. The little rail is from Ikea. It has lots of fun gadgets to hang from it! And it’s very inexpensive!

      1. I was wondering if that’s where it came from; thanks!

  19. Thanks Yvonne,
    This sound like a fun and easy dish and delightfully delicious all at the same time………..
    Printed it, and gonna try it real soon. At my age, and cooking for 44 yrs. , I love simple
    recipes that are great…………

    Have a great day.

    Blessings, Nellie

  20. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Dinners with family are really important and you have a great family. Can’t wait to try that recipe,thanks Yvonne.

  21. This looks out of this world! I know my family would love it. Looks like you gave me a perfect dinner idea this week:)

  22. Sherry Myers says:

    Yum, yum! I plan to try the new pasta and pass this recipe on to my pasta loving girlfriends. Thank you for taking the time to share the beautifully staged photos of your lovely family dinner night. You are indeed blessed!

  23. That is too funny ! I also use the Brilla Pasta ,I use the thin spaghetti cooks in 6 min. Al Dente, along with thier other pastas. Great photos. Thanks for the recipe. Have a Blessed day.

  24. I always have been nervous about making Pasta Carbonara because of the eggs. I’m afraid they will scramble before I get them incorporated into the sauce but you make this sound so easy, I am inspired to try it! Because I have a gluten sensitivity, I use the Barilla gluten-free pasta. I’ve tried many other gluten-free pastas but Barilla is by far the best and tastes the most like “regular” pasta.

  25. I join all those who love this way of making pasta and can’t wait to try. I do question the instructions for cooking. You said to add the pasta to cold water and cook on high for 10 minutes. I have an electric stove and and going from off to high will definitely take longer than turning gas on from cold to hot. Do you suppose I should cook it longer? What should I do? Thanks for all your help.

  26. This was so easy, quick, and yummy. Made it for supper last night and it’s difinitely a “keeper” recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  27. No draining – Brilliant!!! Thank you Barilla is my brand of choice always. I have seen the Pronto, but didn’t know what it was all about! Thank you Yvonne & Barilla!! Pasta tonight!!

  28. Lisa dekleine says:

    Again thank you for your beautiful blog! And I agree we need to bring back those family dinners… I need to start working on it. My question is about your cutting board. Where did you get this from? I am having troubles finding a good one. I also enjoyed your Sunday post. I am a daycare provider and couldn’t agree more! A few weeks ago I share about our 19 yr old daughter that was facing a chance of having cancer. After a very hard year for all of us and her being so far away from home at school. We are giving HIM all the glory today. Last week as my husband was picking her up to bring her back home the Dr. called with the results from her biopsy. Our daughter is cancer free!!!! We now have some answers as to what all has happened and she has been given the okay to put this all behind her and move forward. Praise The Lord! He still heals.

    1. So happy for your family Lisa!!!! The cutting board is from Boos Block. It’s pretty amazing!

  29. This looks so delicious Yvonne. I love that pasta meals are always a crowd pleaser and super easy to make. I just checked and found out that Barilla is available here in Australua too, so guess what we are having for dinner tonight!!

  30. Kendra @ says:

    I’m going to try this! Love quick meals like this! Your family is is beautiful!

  31. Judy R. Mayor says:

    Hi Yvonne- I loved this post- have checked 2 groceries for the PRONTO version, but haven’t found it . Is Batilla test marketing in just certain regions?- I live in Illinois. Thanks, Judy

  32. Carbonara is my son’s favorite dish. Will definitely try this recipe next time and see how it scores with him. Thanks for sharing!

  33. my dear, this is not a Carbonara pasta.
    The REAL recipie DON’T call for garlic and herbs!! So please change the name for this dish because it is not right. You forgot salt and pepper in your recepie and the eggs misture with parmisan need to be mix in a separeted bowl plus bacon plus salt plus pepper then you add spaghetti. This is the REAL ITALIAN recepie

    1. I will still try Yvonne’s recipe!

      Italian by marriage!

    2. Janice McCoy says:

      Ever noticed how many different recipes we have for what we call dressing?
      “ you say tomatoes…..”
      You say stuffing, I say dressing. It’s all yummy. Love the recipe; can’t wait to try it!!!!!
      Have a blessed day.

      1. Don’t you love that! It’s fun to see what others call something.

  34. Thanks for reminding us of the simple pleasure of a family dinner! Sunday dinner around here is as much about nourishing our souls as about nourishing our bodies!

  35. Hi your dish looks delish, but I have a problem with raw eggs going in like that. so my question is do the eggs get cooked, and does it taste like eggs. please let me know-not sure of this recipe. I have seen this type of recipe before, but I just can’t bring myself to making it

  36. Judy in Carefree says:

    How nice to see your family!

  37. Hi Yvonne, this looks absolutely delicious and I look forward to making it. One suggestion it would be so easy if I could print it from your blog? Thanks!

    1. This is an older post. My more recent recipes have recipe cards you can print.

  38. Yvonne,
    Such a delicious easy recipe! Thank you.
    I made it today and have leftovers as there is only two of us. Any tips for reheating?