Quick and Easy Sausage Carbonara

quick and easy sausage carbonara
Sometimes you just need something fast and comforting. Those days when I work an 11 hour shift and cannot stop thinking about Sonic chili cheese dogs are the days I make this beauty. A classic carbonara typically has pancetta or bacon, but I really wanted a more comforting Italian vibe. I used a spicy Italian sausage, but you can honestly use anything that has a higher fat content. Even ground beef if that is what you have on hand. 

Can we talk about this gorgeous bright green parsley? This is my favorite time to shop for veggies and herbs. Everything is so green and ripe. Parsley is not necessary, but I think it gives this dish a fresh pop in a world of gooey cheese.

quick and easy sausage carbonara

If you have never tried a cabonara before try and imagine your favorite noodles with a light creamy sauce bites of sausage (or pancetta) then tossed with tons of grated Parmesan topped with crushed red pepper flakes. If you wanted to go the low carb route you could even swap the noodles for spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

Quick and Easy Sausage Carbonara
Recipe Type: Pasta, Dinner
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Serves: 2
Light creamy carbonara pasta with sausage.
  • 2 servings of dried pasta
  • Water for boiling
  • 2 tbsp of salt for the pasta water
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 handful of fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  1. Cook pasta following directions, add the 2 tbsp of salt to the water before boiling
  2. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of cooking water
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together 1 egg and 2 egg yolks
  4. In a large pot (preferably the one used for cooking the pasta) cook the ground sausage until golden brown
  5. Add in the dried herbs and garlic
  6. Pour the drained pasta into the pot
  7. Add in the eggs and reserved cooking water
  8. Mix with a large spoon quickly until the pasta is evenly coated
  9. The pasta and the reserved water should still be very warm
  10. Add cheese, parsley and crushed red pepper
  11. Toss to coat
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper

This is one of the best go to meals for a late night when you just hate the thought of standing over the stove. It comes together so quickly. If you skip the sausage the longest part would be waiting for the pasta to cook, but don’t skip the sausage – it is just too good!

quick and easy sausage carbonara

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