My wife and I went to that popular Italian-American restaurant chain for dinner recently, and I had their shrimp and chicken carbonara. It was absolutely delicious and I thought, 'What the heck, I'll try making this at home.' I found a few recipes online, but none grabbed me. After studying several recipes, I came up with this recipe on my own. It's fairly simple to make, and my wife said it was better than the original.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 plates
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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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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken with 1 tablespoon garlic and 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and set aside.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pan. Fry shrimp until red on the outside and white on the inside, 6 to 8 minutes. Place with the chicken.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Add bacon to the pan; cook until just crispy, not crunchy, about 6 minutes. Drain on 2 paper towels. Saute onion in the bacon grease until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • While onion is sauteeing, mix cream, Parmesan cheese, egg yolks, salt, pepper, and remaining Italian seasoning together in a bowl.

  • Pour wine into the pan with the onions. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Cook until wine is mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the creamy egg mixture and reduce heat. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken and shrimp; mix to coat. Serve on top of pasta.

Cook's Note:

Spaghetti or fettuccine pasta also work.

Optional: Serve with bread sticks, Italian salad, and your favorite white wine.

Nutrition Facts

956 calories; protein 50.7g; carbohydrates 66.3g; fat 54g; cholesterol 407.2mg; sodium 918.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2019
Unbelievable. This is my wife's favorite dish at olive garden. She orders it everytime and says she can't tell a difference. We wouldn't change a thing and this made so many servings! Thank you! Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2019
Unbelievable. This is my wife's favorite dish at olive garden. She orders it everytime and says she can't tell a difference. We wouldn't change a thing and this made so many servings! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2018
I had always wanted to make a Carbonara dish and I saw this recipe some time ago and decided to try it tonight. I followed the directions exactly. I found it pretty easy to make honestly. I and my family loved it! Almost all got seconds. I honestly wouldn't change anything except the Italian seasoning. And that is only because I am not a fan of some of the spices in it. I would just add the spices I like. (thyme oregano and basil). I hope more people will try this great dish!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2019
I was running short on time and used Bertolli basil alfredo but it was still really good!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2019
This is one of my best dishes. I add mushrooms to my mix and I smoke my chicken or marinate and soux vide it before adding it to the grill. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2020
Better than the original. I meant to add roasted red peppers like the original but forgot. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2019
It s very good and while I know it s still high calorie it has no butter and the wine leaves a nice light flavor. We will add to our favorites and hang onto this one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2020
Fantastic. My kids and husband love this. I typically grill my meat the night before just because it taste better but I give this 5 stars. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Delicious. Very labor intensive but well worth it. The recipe didn’t mention the use of bacon other than cooking it and using the grease to cook the onions. I added it in at the end. Wow!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2021
delicious added asparagus and red bell pepper to the onion, used colossal shrimp, nice presentation. Read More
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