Quick Pasta Carbonara


This is another one of the recipes from the Kraft Foods/Sam’s Club dinner planner. I have seen pasta recipes before that use cream cheese to create the white sauce, but have never tried them. I’ve always stuck with a butter and cream combo.

This dish was easy to prepare and very tasty. The whole family ate it up. I made one and a half recipes for my family of 5. The other great thing is this recipe is said to cost 94 cents a serving. My favorite part was the crispy bacon! Yum! I served it with a tossed salad and my recipe for easy cheesy rolls.

I also checked the recipe out at Kraft.com to find out the nutrition info. It’s not bad considering it’s a pasta dish with a white sauce. It’s probably much better for you than the recipe I make with butter and cream. If you used 1/3 less fat cream cheese, you’d even be better. The only thing I would change is to use a little more milk. The sauce was a little to thick for my Hubby.

Quick Pasta Carbonara
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. medium-size pasta (like linguine or fettuccine)
  • 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¾ cup milk (I'd use a little more next time)
  • 1 cup frozen or canned peas (I used frozen)
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. COOK pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.
  2. ADD remaining ingredients to drippings; cook on low heat until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended and heated through.
  3. DRAIN pasta; place in large bowl. Add cream cheese sauce and bacon; mix lightly. Serves 4.

This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in November 2017.

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