Filipino-style Pasta Carbonara

Filipino-style Pasta Carbonara loaded with crisp bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and flavorful cream sauce is a tasty pasta dish the whole family is sure to love. It’s so easy to make and perfect for family dinners or special occasions.

I have crispy binagoongan scheduled next on our holiday menu line-up, but since pasta dishes are trendy during Christmas, I decided to post this Filipino-style Pasta Carbonara first.

You’ll be glad I did! It’s rich, creamy, and loaded with crisp bacon and delicious mushrooms for the perfect Noche Buena dish.

You’ll be glad I did! It’s rich, creamy, and loaded with crisp bacon and delicious mushrooms for the perfect Noche Buena dish.

It’s traditionally made with pancetta, eggs, and Parmesan cheese, along with copious amounts of garlic and fresh parsley. However, although cured meat, such as bacon or ham, is still a core ingredient, this dish has evolved in our local food scene to include cream sauce and mushrooms.

Cooking Tips

  • Cook the pasta a few minutes less than the package calls for as it will be tossed in the sauce for a few minutes and will continue to cook.
  • Bacon, bacon, bacon! Bacon adds much of the flavor in this pasta dish, so please don’t skimp! I usually use about two pounds and love the crisp, smoky bits at every bite!
  • Pasta tends to absorb a lot of moisture, so go a little heavy on the cream sauce to compensate for the drying out. The sauce will also thicken as it sits so make sure your sauce is a bit thinner in consistency than you’d like.

  • Once you add the heavy cream, cook in a gentle simmer and do not allow to come to a boil to prevent from curdling.
  • Please do not skip the nutmeg! It’s not a traditional ingredient in Filipino-style pasta carbonara but it does round up the flavors of the cream sauce beautifully.

Serving suggestions

  • You can toss the sauce and pasta together in the pan according to the recipe if you’re serving it right away. For a later time, I suggest storing the sauce and noodles separately and toss them together when ready to serve.

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