Cinnamon Carbonara


Are you ready for a new recipe that will blow your mind? Do you remember that Seinfeld episode where they talked about how anytime anyone says, 'Oh, this is good. What's in it?' the answer invariably comes back: CINNAMON. We have found this to be true with many recipes, and this is one of our favorites! It's a delicious and creamy carbonara with bacon and the perfect hint of cinnamon. You will wow everyone who eats it, including yourself!


Cinnamon Carbonara

Serves 6


8 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups whipping cream

6 large egg yolks

1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

18 oz. GF fettucine noodles (we love Barilla), cooked according to package directions

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


In a large skillet, sauté the bacon over medium heat until almost done, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the bacon and continue cooking until the bacon is crisp and golden. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Pour out the grease and discard. In the same skillet, whisk together the whipping cream and egg yolks. Cook and stir until it starts to bubble, then add the cheese and stir until melted. Stir in the bacon and add the cooked fettucine noodles. Toss the noodles with the sauce over medium heat until the sauce coats the pasta thickly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with freshly ground pepper and chopped chives.


Step-by-step tutorial:


Gather your ingredients. You will need bacon, cinnamon, whipping cream, grated Parmesan cheese (if you freshly grate it yourself it's even better, but I buy it already grated and it's still fantastic), 6 eggs, GF fettucine noodles, salt and pepper, and fresh chives.


In a large skillet, sauté the chopped bacon over medium heat until almost done. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I eyeball it) or more to your liking. Continue cooking the bacon until it is crisp.


Remove the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate with a slotted spoon. Discard the remaining grease, then in the same skillet, whisk together 2 cups whipping cream with 6 egg yolks. Cook and stir until it just starts to bubble, then add 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until melted.


Add the bacon back in and combine.


Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired.


Add the cooked fettucine and toss with the sauce over medium heat until it coats the noodles.


Chop some fresh chives for topping.


Serve topped with a few grinds of fresh pepper and some chives. You could also top with extra grated Parmesan if desired.


The subtle hint of cinnamon is what makes this carbonara unlike any other!


It is a rich carbonara that will blow your mind.


I haven't met anyone who doesn't ask, "Oooh, this is so good! What's in it?" Whether you tell them or not is up to you, but we all know the secret!


Recipe Source: Recipe adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

Did you try this recipe?  I'd love to hear from you!  Please rate and leave a comment!