20-Minute Dinner: Duck Bacon Carbonara

Are you cooking with duck bacon? If not, you are missing out.

The heady smokey flavor of duck bacon pairs well with pasta, especially when dressed with a creamy sauce. Our duck bacon carbonara (recipe below) is rich, indulgent and deeply satisfying – plus it’s done in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.

For a variation, try chopped duck bacon with penne, green peas, sautéed shallots and homemade vodka sauce, or simply tossed with halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and orecchiette for a light, summer supper.


Duck Bacon Carbonara


Rich, creamy, and ready in less than 20 minutes? Yes! This easy carbonara is your go-to meal when you want comfort food and you want it now. Smoky duck bacon makes this satisfying dish extra-special.


½ lb spaghetti or linguini
3 ounces duck bacon, sliced into ¼ inch strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large egg and 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
½ cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Cook pasta until al dente.
  2. While pasta is cooking, put a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté duck bacon until the fat begins to render, then add garlic and continue to sauté until bacon starts to brown and garlic has softened, about 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, and cheese. Season generously with black pepper.
  4. Drain pasta, setting aside about 1 cup of pasta water. Add drained pasta to the cheese/egg mixture, stirring with tongs to coat. Add duck bacon/garlic mixture, including the rendered duck fat. Add a bit of the reserved pasta water for creaminess, if needed. Serve immediately, garnished with extra parmesan and a few turns of pepper, if desired.

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