Four-Cheese Chicken Carbonara


I came up with this chicken carbonara penne recipe when I had to either cook up a 3-pound package of lean thick-cut bacon or throw it out (which was not going to happen). I happened to have everything else on hand anyway. I've had friends try this, and they loved it. I hope you do, too!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package thick-cut bacon

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 3 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese blend

  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese blend

  • 3 eggs, beaten


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Chop into small pieces when cool enough to handle.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and olive oil; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large, deep skillet over low heat. Add chopped bacon, garlic, and 1 teaspoon pepper; sauté until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium, add chicken, and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add whipping cream, Parmesan-Romano cheese, and remaining 2 teaspoons pepper to the skillet. Stir and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add Colby-Jack cheese and stir until melted. Stir in beaten eggs and bring to a simmer. Add drained pasta and stir until coated with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

808 Calories
56g Fat
44g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 808
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 235mg 78%
Sodium 736mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 369mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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