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Shrimp and Bacon Pasta Carbonara

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced + 3 cloves garlic, minced and set aside
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 lb linguine pasta
  • 6 bacon strips, cut in 1″ sections
  • 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 23 eggs, beaten (I used 3 for the dish in the pictures but it’s up to your preference)
  • 2/3 cup of reserved water from the cooked pasta
  • Additional Parsley flakes for garnish – can be fresh or dried


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet or frying pan.
  2. Add 1 of the minced garlic cloves to the butter and cook for a minute on medium heat.
  3. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp and cook until pink on all sides. Cooking shrimp generally only takes 2-3 minutes on each side depending on how big they are.
  4. Season with salt to taste and add 1 tbsp of parsley flakes.
  5. Once shrimp has cooked remove from the pan and set aside in a dish. Make sure that you also pour the butter into the bowl along with the shrimp too.
  6. Cook the pasta according to package directions, reserve 2/3 cup of pasta water and drain the pasta.
  7. Cook the bacon in the skillet until browned.
  8. Removed the bacon from the pan and place onto a plate covered with paper towel to soak up any excess fat.
  9. Pour off any excess bacon fat from the skillet and discard.
  10. Turn the heat to MEDIUM LOW.
  11. Return the shrimp and melted butter to the skillet.
  12. Add the bacon and garlic that was set aside.
  13. Add the pasta and reserved pasta water to the skillet and toss to ensure everything is coated in the shrimp/butter/bacon combo.
  14. Add the beaten eggs to the skillet and toss the pasta so that the eggs are evenly coating the pasta. Do this as quickly as possible so that the eggs don’t clump together. You want them to evenly coat the pasta.
  15. Turn the heat to LOW.
  16. Continue tossing the pasta until the eggs are cooked into the pasta.
  17. Add the parmesan cheese.
  18. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner once cooked.
  19. Serve right away and garnish with a sprinkling of parsley flakes.
  • Cook Time: 30 mins