Pasta Carbonara

Arial view of a blue camping plate with a serving of pasta carbonara and two slices of garlic bread.

Pasta carbonara is a delightful dinner that shares a balance of ease and taste. This recipe allows it to be cooked over a fire or a gas stove. Pasta is cooked in a rich cream and egg sauce, highlighted with bacon and cheese. 

For times when it is harder to carry bacon, it can be exchanged for other meat options like jerky, sausage, and even Spam. Or you can make this dish vegetarian and omit the bacon, but add a little more butter. 

This dish goes well with a simple garlic bread that can easily be cooked in a camp environment. Or pair it with a crisp green salad. 

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A blue plate with pasta carbonara and a side of garlic bread.
You can serve the finished pasta carbonara with garlic bread or a green salad.
Looking down onto a blue plate with a serving of pasta carbonara and a side of garlic bread.
Pasta carbonara is a rich and creamy pasta dish punctuated with salty bacon.
A blue camp plate on a picnic table with a serving of pasta carbonara and two slices of garlic bread.
Pasta carbonara can be cooked in a skillet or a Dutch oven over a gas flame or a campfire.
Arial view of a blue camping plate with a serving of pasta carbonara and two slices of garlic bread.
Save some of the cooking wine to serve alongside the finished pasta carbonara.

Pasta Carbonara Recipe

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Arial view of a blue camping plate with a serving of pasta carbonara and two slices of garlic bread.
Pasta Carbonara is a delightful dinner that is a balance of ease and taste. The recipe can be cooked over a camp fire or gas stove making it a camp favorite.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceItaly
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSauté

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces pasta such as spaghetti
  • 6 ounces bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Chardonnay white wine
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • skillet

Directions

  • Place the pasta on to cook as per packet instructions.
  • Finely dice the bacon and cook in the skillet over medium heat with the butter.
  • In a cup whisk the eggs and cream until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the wine to the bacon and simmer allowing most of the wine to evaporate (reduce).
  • Take the skillet off the heat then add the cooked pasta, grated Parmesan, and egg/cream mixture. Stir consistently until well combined and the sauce has slightly thickened.
    Tip: If the mixture resembles scrambled eggs, the skillet and its contents were too hot. Next time adjust the temperature accordingly.
  • Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, to taste.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 470mgCalcium: 155mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 1152IUSugar: 4gFiber: 2gPotassium: 350mgCholesterol: 189mgCalories: 743kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 23gFat: 46gProtein: 22gCarbohydrates: 56gIron: 2mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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