The rich flavors of bacon and green peas combine with a cheesy, creamy sauce to serve with hot, cooked pasta.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 (1-1/4 cup) servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.

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  • Add remaining ingredients to reserved drippings; cook on low heat until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended and heated through.

  • Drain pasta; place in large bowl. Add cream cheese sauce and bacon; mix lightly.

Tips

Keeping It Safe: When a dish contains dairy products, such as the cheeses and milk in this recipe, be sure to serve it immediately and refrigerate any leftovers promptly.

Substitute: Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.

Serving Suggestion: For added color and texture, serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Light Dressing.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; protein 19g 38% DV; carbohydrates 50.9g 16% DV; fat 15.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 51.5mg 17% DV; sodium 457.5mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
After eating TGIF's frozen Creamy Chicken Carbonara I knew I had to get a recipe like this. THANKS 1 000 000 for this EASY recipe without eggs! I used PENNE PASTA heavy cream instead of milk and fresh garlic & fresh sliced mushrooms & it came our fabulous! It will be a side dish for xmas! In the future as an entree I will add ready made charred chichen strips. I followed it to a T otherwise. Thank You! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2010
Very quick and easy just not that much flavor nor was it very creamy. Next time if there is a next time for this one I'll add heavy whipping cream more parmesan and some garlic salt. Read More
(9)
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
After eating TGIF's frozen Creamy Chicken Carbonara I knew I had to get a recipe like this. THANKS 1 000 000 for this EASY recipe without eggs! I used PENNE PASTA heavy cream instead of milk and fresh garlic & fresh sliced mushrooms & it came our fabulous! It will be a side dish for xmas! In the future as an entree I will add ready made charred chichen strips. I followed it to a T otherwise. Thank You! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
Very easy and very good! I substituted fresh garlic and browned it a little before starting step two. I also added shrimp and asparagus! Yummy! Read More
(16)
Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2010
Very quick and easy just not that much flavor nor was it very creamy. Next time if there is a next time for this one I'll add heavy whipping cream more parmesan and some garlic salt. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2010
Delicious! I doubled the recipe and used extra bacon. My bacon was already pre-cooked/crumbled so I just used butter instead of bacon grease. I followed some other reviews and sauteed onion and garlic before adding the other ingredients. I didn't really measure the parm. I just added it until it was the consistancy that I wanted. This came together very nicely and had a great taste. I also added some parsley and black pepper at the end to the sauce for something extra. I will definately be using this recipe again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2010
Very easy recipe. What I did is instead of using garlic powder I sauted real garlic in the bacon grease & everything else the same. The sauce was thick & i'm guessing its cause it's cheese sauce. Pop's enjoying it now.! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2010
We loved this!!! I sauted some garlic in the bacon grease before adding everything else and used a little garlic salt after everything was mixed together! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2010
As someone who LOVES carbonara I'm always looking for a easier less fat method of making it. I thought that this was great! Very easy!! I've made it 2 ways once following the recipe as stated and again using 1/3 less fat cream cheese and turkey bacon. I thought both were good!! I did use a little extra parmesan cheese for my own preference. Very yummy!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2010
This is wonderful and very easy. I doubled the recipe using a pound of pasta. I actually tripled the parmesan to 1 1/2 cups. I didn't drain the bacon grease my bacon was lean so I left it all. I added extra seasoning like black pepper and a few drops of Lousiana hot sauce for flavor. I wasn't fond of the peas in this dish next time I will add sliced mushrooms or maybe chicken instead. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2010
Never made this dish before it was easy and very tasty. I used turkey bacon fresh garlic and neufchatel cheese in place of cream cheese. Added fresh black pepper and red pepper flakes for a bit of zing...yum. Read More
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