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20 Minute Sausage Carbonara on a green plate.

20-Minute Sausage Carbonara

  • Author: Bailey Sissom
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Easy Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


20-Minute Sausage Carbonara - a simple weeknight pasta that requires 6 basic ingredients. Indulgent, delicious and on the table FAST!


  • 8 oz. dry pappardelle noodles
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, Italian sausage, salt and pepper. Use spatula to break up the sausage and combine ingredients. Cook until sausage is no longer pink. Reduce heat to low. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. Add parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. 
  4. Add the drained pasta to the skillet. Toss until it's coated with the fat of the sausage. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of pasta  water along with the egg/parmesan sauce.  Toss the pasta until the liquid thickens and a light sauce is created. If it becomes too thick, add additional pasta water 1 TBS at a time. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. 


  • The pasta water is an important part of this recipe. If you accidentally toss pasta water you can mix 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 cup of water. Stir until smooth and then microwave for 1 minute. 

Keywords: carbonara, pasta, easy dinner