Quick way to make a really tasty carbonara-style pasta sauce. Serve over cooked pasta.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet. Cook and stir onion with bacon in reserved drippings until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 minutes.

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  • Pour Alfredo sauce into onion-bacon mixture; rinse jar with the water and pour into skillet. Stir sauce with a wooden spoon, thoroughly scraping any brown bits of food from bottom of the skillet. Bring sauce to a simmer; add tomatoes. Simmer sauce until flavors blend, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 6.8g 14% DV; carbohydrates 6.9g 2% DV; fat 20.3g 31% DV; cholesterol 32.8mg 11% DV; sodium 760.9mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
So delicious! And so quick to make! Perfect for a wholesome week night meal. I was concerned about the lack of seasonings but due to the saltiness from the bacon and the seasonings from the jar of sauce it didn't need a single adjustment and my kids ate two servings. We served this with thin whole wheat spaghetti and it paired beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2013
So delicious! And so quick to make! Perfect for a wholesome week night meal. I was concerned about the lack of seasonings but due to the saltiness from the bacon and the seasonings from the jar of sauce it didn't need a single adjustment and my kids ate two servings. We served this with thin whole wheat spaghetti and it paired beautifully. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2013
I totally made this last night!! It was amazing! I chose a roasted red pepper alfredo so I diced up some red pepper and sauted it with the onions!! Soooooooooo goooooood! Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2014
This was a great base recipe for carbonara! All I did different was use Oscar Meyer Turkey bacon ( it's the best) because I can't eat pork added 2 cups peas to the sauce and used 1/2 cup dry white white instead of water. I honestly didn't think it was going to come out as good as it did was pleasantly surprised. I only had the small rigatoni past not spaghetti and my husband and I actually preferred it as the sauce has somewhere to ooze out out of. Lol. He loved it. This was so easy it will definitely be a staple for us! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2013
This was delicious! I've been looking for an easy good recipe and had no luck until this one. It's great. Thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
Perfect....easy....delicious. I added frozen peas and a 1lb of chicken. Yummy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2014
AMAZING! The one and only thing we did differently was browned some bite sized pieces of chicken breat and threw it in the sauce too....so good. Way better than olive garden's! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2016
This was amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2018
This was pretty tasty. I did sub chicken broth for the water. My daughter loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2015
I grilled chicken tenders and used a can of drained tomatoes. We LOVED this recipe. Will be making this again for sure! Read More