Ground Beef and Mushroom Carbonara

Hi everyone!

Just hearing or reading the word Carbonara makes my mouth water! I LOVE any dish that contains the word Carbonara in it! I mean seriously, cream and cheese…what’s not to love!

I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker. The original recipe called for chopped onions. I don’t ever recall biting into a carbonara dish and eating an onion piece. So, I use onion powder. Also, I don’t rinse my pasta. I find the sauce clings to the pasta better when you don’t rinse it. And the last thing I changed was I added grated cheese on top of the dish as well right before serving.

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This is a yummy filling dinner. I will definitely be making it again.

12 oz uncooked spaghetti

4 slices bacon

1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (3 cups)

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup whipping cream

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  1. In 4-quart Dutch oven, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 8 to 9 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, leaving drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towel. Crumble bacon.
  3. In same skillet, cook beef, mushrooms, onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  4. Pour whipping cream over cooked spaghetti in Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until hot.
  5. Add beef mixture, bacon and eggs to spaghetti mixture. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, tossing mixture constantly, until spaghetti is well coated. Stir in cheese. Garnish with parsley and more cheese.

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  1. sounds so good. can you mail me some? thanks rose

  2. Now you're talking my language! Love it, love it, love it.


  3. This does sound good, too bad I am the only one in my family that likes mushrooms though ;)
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Looks yummy! I don't rinse my pasta either.

  5. Sounds so wonderful for a winter's night. I don't rinse my pasta either -- the starches help grab the sauce.

  6. like you said..bacon, cream, cheese...what is not to love?

  7. Looks delicious -- such a great dish for a wintery night!


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