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Cheater's Spaghetti Carbonara

Traditionally, a spaghetti carbonara recipe has pasta, bacon, eggs, and cheese in it. I call this Cheater's Spaghetti Carbonara, because instead of bacon, it uses Sizzlean. Remember that? You'll be surprised at how good this spaghetti carbonara recipe really tastes!

  • This is probably enough for 4 so measure your pasta accordingly.


  • The Sizzlean tastes more like ham than bacon, so if you want you can use ham.


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  • 1/3 pound diced Sizzlean
  • 12 ounces spaghetti (dry)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in the olive oil and add the garlic and Sizzlean.  Cook, but don't brown your garlic.
  3. Beat together the eggs, 1/2 the Parmesan, and pepper.
  4. When the pasta is done, drain and immediately toss in the egg mixture.  The heat of the pasta cooks the eggs as it coats the pasta.
  5. Drain about 1/2 of the liquid from the Sizzlean/garlic and add the rest to the pasta with the rest of the Parmesan; toss again.
  6. Serve with more fresh ground pepper.

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I like this recipe as it is not as filling as the usual carbonara that most people make. This Cheater's Spaghetti Carbonara recipe uses eggs to impart the white color to the recipe. For me eggs is not filling and in fact more nutritious. Sizzlean is something new to me and I wonder why they preferred to use this instead of bacon which is just as fattening.


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