Arborio Carbonara

By Kelly N – Halifax, NS
Arborio Carbonara
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25
  • Servings: 1-2

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About this Recipe

Pasta is replaced with Arborio Rice in this Italian classic. You literally cook the rice the same way you cook any dry pasta - in a pot of well-salted water for about 11 minutes until al dente. Bacon fat is the key to success.


1 cup Arborio rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp chili flakes
4 strips bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 egg
1 handful, grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste


- bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil - add Arborio rice and cook 11 minutes, or until al dente

- while rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a pan - add garlic, chili flakes and bacon - cook until bacon is almost crispy

- while bacon is cooking, whisk egg, salt and pepper in a bowl

- at the end of the 11 minutes, drain rice and add it to the pan with the bacon - *DO NOT DRAIN FAT* - mix well - you want to coat all of the rice with bacon fat - add the bacon/rice mix to the bowl with the whisked egg - stir well to coat bacon rice evenly with egg - add a couple of handfuls of grated Parmesan and mix well - season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot with more grated cheese on top

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