This is a recipe I came up with 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 already had friends try this, and they loved it. I hope you do, too!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large, deep skillet over low heat. Add chopped bacon, garlic, and 1 teaspoon pepper; saute 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.

  • 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, stir until coated with sauce, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

808 calories; protein 34.2g; carbohydrates 44.2g; fat 56g; cholesterol 234.6mg; sodium 736.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2019
Delicious! FYI that it was a little peppery for one of my kids (not for me though) so if you are serving this to little ones you might want to reduce the pepper. I also think it would be a great keto meal if served with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2020
I would us 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon max (and I like spice but Black pepper can be bitter) Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2019
Delicious! FYI that it was a little peppery for one of my kids (not for me though) so if you are serving this to little ones you might want to reduce the pepper. I also think it would be a great keto meal if served with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2020
I would us 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon max (and I like spice but Black pepper can be bitter) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2019
Looks like a good recipe easy and delcious. Just one question where are the other two cheeses in the recipe? the title says four cheeses Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2020
This is an excellent dish. My husband really likes it. Served with a salad and glass of wine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2020
It was a great recipe. I added a little extra salt, which made it perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2020
easy to make & delicious!! Will make it again & again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2021
This was a really good dish but needed a few small modifications to be a winner. Less pepper was the big one, maybe personal taste but that's a lot of pepper for any dish and thankful I cut it back. I also didn't put the full amount of garlic in because we wanted to taste the other flavors and was afraid it would over power the dish. With those changes it was a big hit here and the kids asked for it again. It made a ton and was very rich. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Great recipe! I no longer fear the carbonara! Only made a couple changes. Used three cheese mix I had in the fridge parm/regg/Asiago. And added 2 cups of frozen green peas at the same time as adding the cheese. My hubby loves carbonara with peas in it. I love it that way now too! Kicked it up a notch at serving time with fresh grated nutmeg on top! This has become a regular in our weekly dinner plan now! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2020
overall it was a dish i will make again. the only change i made I only used one egg not three. i used small penne noodles and bacon bits . everyone enjoyed it and i made copies of the recipe for others to enjoy. Read More
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