Cinnamon Bacon Carbonara {Secret Recipe Club Reveal}

Dec 09

Guess what time it is? Secret Recipe Club reveal time! I’ve loved being involved in this blogging community and expanding by horizons with cooking for other different blogs.

This month, I was paired up with Sarah from the Pajama Chef. Sarah shares not only her cooking adventures but stories about her husband, Ben….sounds familiar doesn’t it? When I came across her Cinnamon Bacon Carbonara recipe, I knew this was the one I had to pick. Austin and I cooked together a lot, even when dating, and this recipe was one she specifically remembers making with Ben when they were dating.

Cinnamon Bacon Carbonara -- Food Ramblings

So this recipe has been tried and true more than once for Sarah and Ben, making it a perfect meal for Austin and me. I had a bit of trouble following the recipe (I think a step or two was missing with the bacon), but the results were still awesome. My version of the recipe is below. We may make this again for Christmas Eve as it tasted similar to my grandma’s fettuccine. Nothing says holidays like heavy cream, bacon, and egg yolks!

Cinnamon Bacon Carbonara -- Food Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 6 slices low-sodium bacon
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 10 oz fettuccine
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Boil large pot of water. When water boils, add fettuccine and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon for about five minutes until fairly crispy. Sprinkle cinnamon over back, and cook for another two minutes. Remove bacon from pan, and put on paper towels. Pat bacon with paper towels to remove grease. Drain grease from pan, and return to stove.

In a bowl, whisk together heavy cream, cheese, pepper, and egg yolks. Pour into bacon pan over low-medium heat. Stir often. Crumble bacon, and put into sauce. Stir in fettuccine, and serve.

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Comments: 89

  1. Sweet as Sugar Cookies Dec 09 at 12:16 am Reply

    Wow, I would never have thought that cinnamon could be part of carbonara. It must really add a little special something to this dish.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:23 pm Reply

      I loved the cinnamon on the bacon! I think I’ll always do this with bacon!

  2. What a cool sounding dish! :)

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

  3. sarah k @ the pajama chef Dec 09 at 9:36 am Reply

    i am glad you liked the pasta! i must say though, i’m a bit confused what steps may be missing from my recipe. if you could let me know that would be much appreciated. thanks! :)

    • Elizabeth Dec 09 at 9:43 am Reply

      Hi Sarah- the recipe was delish! I got confused what to do with the bacon. Your recipe doesn’t say to remove the bacon from the pan, crumble it, drain the grease from the pan, etc. I kept looking at the picture of the recipe on your blog to see if you had full strips of bacon in the pasta– but it didn’t look that way. So I assumed there should have been something about crumbling the bacon somewhere in the recipe. I’m sure it’s second nature to you since you cook it often….but the recipe did turn out great. My hubby loved crumbling the bacon and licking his fingers full of stuck-on bacon.

  4. Tracie Dec 09 at 11:50 am Reply

    The recipe sounds really interesting, and looks great. I am going to have to try it. I think my husband would definitely be a big fan of it!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Definitely try it and let me know how you and your hubby like it!

  5. Isabelle @ Crumb Dec 09 at 12:09 pm Reply

    This sounds like a really interesting twist on the traditional carbonara… I’ve never thought to pair cinnamon with bacon before, but really, how can you go wrong when there’s bacon and eggs and cream and carbs involved? :)
    I’m kind of wishing this was my lunch right about now.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Cinnamon really added something cool to the dish! And you’re right– the dish will be delicious with all those other ingredients :)

  6. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz Dec 09 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Cinnamon is such a cool thing to add here, love it. great SRC pic!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Evelyne!

  7. Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook Dec 09 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Sounds like a terrific pasta dish, Elizabeth!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Lesa!

  8. sara Dec 09 at 1:12 pm Reply

    This sounds really interesting! I love carbonara, but have never added cinnamon…a great addition!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Sara- try the cinnamon on the bacon next time you make it!

  9. Jenny @ MyLittleMe Dec 09 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Sounds like an interesting combination! I bet is delicious!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Jenny- it was tasty!

  10. Allyson Dec 09 at 2:52 pm Reply

    This sounds really interesting! I don’t eat carbonara because I am a vegetarian, but I would be intrigued to just make with w/o the bacon!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:26 pm Reply

      I think it would be good without the bacon but would probably be more similar to a thick alfredo sauce

  11. Jane, The Heritage Cook Dec 09 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Carbonara is one of my favorites and I love the idea of jazzing it up with a touch of cinnamon. Great choice for SRC!!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Thanks Jane!

  12. We do enjoy carbonara and this recipe with a pinch of cinnamon sounds very tempting!
    Cheers,
    J+C

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Thanks – it was delish!

  13. Trisha Dec 09 at 4:20 pm Reply

    My husband simply loves carbonara, will have to try this version out soon.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Try it out and let me know how you and your hubby like it!

  14. Angela Dec 09 at 4:48 pm Reply

    You had me at bacon on this one!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Angela- I love bacon!

  15. Helene Cohen Bludman Dec 09 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Yes, you had me at bacon, too. Interested to try out the bacon/cinnamon combination.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:28 pm Reply

      It’s a great combo- give it a try!

  16. LeAndra Dec 09 at 5:46 pm Reply

    I never would have thought to combine the flavors of bacon and cinnamon, especially in a pasta dish. This sounds really interesting to me. Glad you chose it to share!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks LeAndra!

  17. Jennifer B Dec 09 at 6:19 pm Reply

    This sounds soo good it is making my mouth water!! I have to try this!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Definitely try it and let me know how you like it!

  18. Jessica @Bkeepsushonest Dec 09 at 6:59 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing… I never would have thought to add cinnamon!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Jessica!

  19. Shauna Dec 09 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Yummy, we love cabonara… and cinnamon? really?

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:27 pm Reply

      It was really good together– give it a try!

  20. Milena Dec 09 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I’m not so sure about the cinnamon, but I think it might surprise me! You’ve got me curious to try it!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:30 pm Reply

      Try it– I was a little skeptical about the cinnamon too, but there’s a tiny bit– it adds good flavor!

  21. Pam Dec 09 at 8:20 pm Reply

    I’ve never had cinnamon in carbonara, but I sure love the taste of carbonara.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Definitely try it with cinnamon next time!

  22. Sounds interesting, my husband is a big bacon fan so I’m sure he’d love it!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:11 pm Reply

      I’m sure he would :)

  23. Shanna Dec 09 at 8:39 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing! I love everything with bacon!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:12 pm Reply

      Me too! Who doesn’t love bacon?

  24. Amy Lynn Desrosiers Dec 09 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Wow, cinnamon and pasta—never would have thought of mixing the two!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:12 pm Reply

      It’s a great combination- you should try it :)

  25. Melissa Carlisle Dec 09 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Love hearing about the sweet memories tied to your recipes and cooking.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Melissa!

  26. Deborah Dec 09 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I would never have thought cinnamon and bacon together, though, often times they are, somewhere together, in breakfast. Sounds like an interesting recipe.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:13 pm Reply

      It’s a great combination!

  27. Dawn Lopez Dec 09 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Ooh yum, what a super unique recipe idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn!

  28. brett Dec 09 at 11:51 pm Reply

    i wouldnt know where to begin to find this combo but honestly? it sounds awesome!! (this is why i’m not a chef)

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:14 pm Reply

      It’s really good- you’ll love it!

  29. mommy2jam Dec 10 at 12:53 am Reply

    This looks great. If you ever need someone to taste test please feel free to invite me over, I promise to bring my own plate and fork! LOL seriously these look so good.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Come on over ;)

  30. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas Dec 10 at 12:59 am Reply

    Cinnamon Bacon? Wow! Sounds different…in a really good way!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Wendy- it was delicious!

  31. Dawn Dec 10 at 1:56 am Reply

    I love anything with bacon. Thanks for the new recipe idea.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:15 pm Reply

      You’re welcome, Dawn :)

  32. Jess Dec 10 at 6:16 am Reply

    So true – this dish is MADE for the holidays with all it’s lovely cream and richness. This is such a fun date-night dish! My husband and I made a version once when we were dating too!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Yes it is! :)

  33. katherine bartlett Dec 10 at 6:27 am Reply

    This sounds like a really fun and interesting dish!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Katherine!

  34. I love carbonara. This will definitely be on my list of recipes to try this holiday season. The link up looks like it is full of yummy recipes.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Chrishelle- I hope that you give it a try!

  35. Joanne Dec 10 at 7:38 am Reply

    Ooo the cinnamon in this is so intriguing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in carbonara before!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Joanne- I thought it made a great combo :)

  36. Jessica Harlow Dec 10 at 7:59 am Reply

    This warm and creamy comfort food sounds perfect for cold winter nights! And, adding cinnamon sound delicious! My Mom used to make a version of this that I loved (and always had to have seconds of)…but without the cinnamon. I’ll be trying this for sure!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Great- please let me know how you like it!

  37. trisha Dec 10 at 9:08 am Reply

    That goes right to my spanx.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:17 pm Reply

      haha…me too :)

  38. Danielle @ We Have It All Dec 10 at 9:43 am Reply

    I’ve never heard of Cinnamon Bacon Carbonara! I would love to make so many of these, just finding the time is tough!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:17 pm Reply

      I know– if only there were a couple more hours in a day!

  39. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Dec 10 at 10:05 am Reply

    I know without a doubt I would love that so much! Mmmmmmm.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 3:17 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz!

  40. Heather Lawrence Dec 10 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Yuumy!!
    I know what I’m making for dinner now!

  41. Steve Pots Dec 10 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Hang on a bacon recipe…Cinnamon??? I’m going to have to give this one a try.

  42. Leigh Dec 10 at 7:04 pm Reply

    The addition of cinnamon in this classic dish sounds lovely!

  43. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom Dec 10 at 7:11 pm Reply

    YUMMM.. what a wonderful pasta dish.. I love pasta, so this will be on my menu plan soon

  44. Robyn Dec 10 at 11:18 pm Reply

    I love Carbonara recipes! Thanks!

  45. Kate | Food Babbles Dec 11 at 3:49 pm Reply

    This carbonara sounds so unique and interesting! Love this creative spin on carbonara.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Kate :)

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