Crispy bacon & sausage carbonara

Crispy bacon & sausage carbonara

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

Eggs, bacon and sausage - not a breakfast plate, but a delicious budget pasta dish with creamy sauce and parsley

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal699
  • fat37g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein31g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 400g penne
  • 4 sausages
  • 8 slices streaky bacon or pancetta
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • 85g parmesan, finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, squeeze the meat out of the sausage casings and, with damp or lightly oiled hands, roll into small-ish balls.

  2. Heat a frying pan and cook the bacon or pancetta until really crispy. Remove and keep warm. Fry the sausageballs until golden and cooked through, remove and keep warm (a low oven is good for this). Cook the onion in the fat from the bacon and sausageballs (tip some out if you need to) until soft.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolks, cream, most of the Parmesan and most of the parsley with lots of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Drain the pasta, reserving a ladle of water. Tip the pasta back into the pan, off the heat, and add the egg mix, onions and sausageballs. Mix well, adding some pasta water until you have a sauce that coats the pasta. Tip into bowls, scatter over the remaining parsley and Parmesan, and top with the bacon.

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10th Jun, 2019
Nice enough recipe but the word 'carbonara' has no place here
8th Jun, 2017
It was nice but neednt be a colossal faff to make, the sausage can be chopped and cooked together with the bacon. I thought it was v tasty but i did season it v well
6th Sep, 2016
Wasn't really what I expected. Didn't come out as creamy as I thought it would. Nice taste. I would recommend adding broccoli or mushrooms to make it more interesting
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22nd May, 2015
The carbonara sauce was yummy and will be used more often. As I had cheap frozen sausages I just grilled them then chopped them up and cooked them with the onion and bacon
21st Jan, 2015
For various reasons I had leftover broccoli, carrots, leek and about 7 or 8 rashers of cooked bacon and 2 sausages and about 90mls of single cream in the fridge. I combined this recipe with another BBC recipe to make a delicious pasta dish. I browned a chopped garlic clove and small deseeded red pepper then added the chopped up bacon and sausage to warm it up. Salt and pepper added. I mixed an egg into the part carton of cream and added a handful of grated Cheddar. The microwave-warmed-up veg were added to the frying fan. I cooked all the penne I had (280g), drained it and mixed it into the veg. The cream mix was then added. It made 4 portions and tasted delicious.
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13th Oct, 2013
Unlike it appears most on here, I really liked this recipe. I made it for one but used two sausages so I think four bangers for four people won't work. For my full review and blog with photographs, see
28th Mar, 2013
I was really excited to try this, but we thought it tasted a little bland. It was not budget either, as I only eat high percentage pork sausages and the streaky bacon was £1.99 a pack. So I spent £5.50 on the meat alone. Really disappointed as it looked delicious.
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28th Mar, 2013
I used ready made Swedish meatballs which are not expensive, Pancetta for a pack of 12 slices was £1.76 (no idea in dollars) dried parsley from the cupboard, the only extravagant thing was the cheese i used fresh parmigiano regiano rather than parmasan altho parmasan is not expensive to buy? I also used zero fat Greek yoghurt not cream. Turned out lovely esp on a night when its -2!
28th Mar, 2013
If you only eat decent meat products from local farms this dish is not exactly budget. However if you cut the amount of meat by half (which is what I do with most recipes anyway) and perhaps add some peas, mushrooms or kale to bulk it up it wouldn't be so pricey. I bet it tastes delicious too!
28th Mar, 2013
Budget? I don't think the author has seen the price of bacon and other pork products lately!
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