Lemon Pasta Carbonara

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for lemon pasta carbonara brings the bright sparkling taste of citrus to this comfort food favorite. Bacon and lemon harmony!


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces fettuccine pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon and peel from the other half
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Cook bacon in a heavy deep skillet until crispy.  Remove and drain on paper towels, leaving drippings in skillet.
  2. Add shallots and garlic to skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions and drain, saving a cup of the pasta water right before draining.
  4. Pour pasta into skillet along with about half the pasta water and 1/3 cup of the parmesan cheese.  Toss over low heat until everything is well mixed.
  5. Add the egg to the pasta mixture and toss again.  Add the lemon zest and juice and the rest of the cheese and toss again.  Drizzle in a little more pasta water if needed to make a light sauce.
  6. Add the bacon, the butter and a grinding of pepper, and toss again. Divide among warmed plates.  Garnish with lemon peel and serve!