30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

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Some days are more hectic than others, and that calls for simple, quick meals that still taste amazing. This 30 Minute Sausage Carbonara, once again got the rave review – “Why didn’t you make more!” It is an easy pasta dish that you likely have the ingredients for in your home already. We had been having a particularly rough Monday when I decided to make this dish. It seemed like every single one of us had some sort of hiccup so a comforting pasta dish was called for.

30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

The real beauty of this dish is that it truly gets so much flavor in the short period time. By letting the garlic and other seasonings fry with the bacon, they quickly release their flavors so that you get tons of it infused into the meats. And then adding the salted pasta water makes sure that those built up flavors aren’t washed either. I went with spaghetti for this but you can use fettuccini or linguine in it’s place, if that’s what you already have on hand.

30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

You may want to make a little extra for seconds, or add a salad and bread. While it’s hearty and filling – it is also super yummy and seconds will likely be requested. I did serve it with these really tasty Rosemary Garlic Focaccia rolls by La Brae Bakery that I found in my grocery store.

30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

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30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

A pasta dish bursting with flavors of sausage, bacon, garlic and cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword bacon, heavy cream, Italian Sausage, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Long Pasta spaghetti, linguini
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 strips Thick Cut Bacon cut into ¼inch pieces
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Dried Minced Onion
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated, plus more for garnish


  • Start water boiling for pasta. Add salt to water.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add bacon, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Cook for 4 minutes. Add sausage and cook and crumble until cooked through. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add pasta to boiling water. Cook as directed on package. Add 2 cups of the pasta water to the sausage mixture. Drain pasta in a colander and rinse with cool water.
  • Add pasta to saute pan, along with cream and cheese. Toss to coat and combine.
  • Serve in a shallow bowl with a sprinkle of cheese and seasoning, as desired.

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3 thoughts on “30 Minute Sausage Carbonara

  1. Astrid – I am a woman in my thirties. I was born prematurely. Because of this, I live with various disabilities, including blindness and autism. I live in a long-term care facility in Raalte, Netherlands. My husband lives in Lobith, a town about a ninety-minute drive away from Raalte. I blog about mental health, autism, disability in general, faith and life in general.
    Astrid says:

    I normally don’t care for carbonara, but this sounds really tasty and indeed quite quick to put together even for a bad cook like me.

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