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Easy homemade Shrimp Carbonara Recipe

Shrimp Carbonara

This super simple shrimp carbonara recipe is going to become your new go-to pasta recipe for busy nights! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 700kcal
Author Maike


  • 12 ounces spaghetti pasta



  • 12 ounces shrimp



  • Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Combine 2 whole eggs plus a third egg yolk in a mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined. Add parmesan cheese, chopped parsley. Set aside.

Making The Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add bacon and cook on medium-high for 6-8 minutes until the bacon is crispy. Use a slotted spoon and remove the bacon and transfer to a plate. Pat dry with a paper towel and set aside.
  • Add minced garlic into the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes in the bacon fat. Use a slotted spoon to remove garlic and add to the bacon.
  • Sauté shrimp in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon. Set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add cooked pasta and toss in the bacon fat/olive oil mixture. Turn off heat.
  • Pour in egg-cheese mixture and one cup of hot pasta water. Toss the pasta for about 2-3 minutes. Don't skip this step. It makes the pasta very creamy.
  • Add garlic and bacon to the pasta and combine well. Season with salt and pepper. Top the pasta with the sauteéd shrimp. Serve immediately.



TIP: Flip the shrimp only once. You don't want to overcook the shrimp. 


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 393mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 4mg