Chicken Linguine Carbonara

by Mindi Cherry on April 19, 2010

I made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING!


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped or 8 oz. bacon, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • Salt
  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped chicken
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel


  1. In a frying pan large enough to hold the finished product, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the pancetta (or bacon) and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly. (if using bacon, remove from pan to drain on paper towel and discard the bacon fat in the pan)
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the linguine and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the cream, cheese, yolks, basil, and parsley in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Add the cooked chicken to the pan with the pancetta or bacon
  6. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken and sauce is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4-6 minutes (do not let the mixture come to a boil)
  7. Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed
  8. Sprinkle the lemon zest over the pasta and serve.

Cooking time (duration): 20

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

My rating:5 stars: ★★★★★

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marina April 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

i have been looking for pasta recipes with home made sauce. thank you!
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JenK April 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Of course it is amazing, it has heavy cream in it! It is on my list of dinner to try! Sounds heavenly.


The Happy Housewife July 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yum! That looks really good. I was planning on chicken tetrazinni this week, but I might be making a menu change!
How did I not know you had a recipe site? Adding it to my favs!
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