Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

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Works been getting busy again.   I’ve been coming home most nights exhausted and don’t really want to cook.  When I do want to cook I don’t want to stand in the kitchen for over an hour making a dinner that will be eaten in less then 15 minutes.

Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

I will say we’ve been eating a lot of pasta lately.   It’s my favorite thing to eat and it’s an easy weeknight meal.   I’ve been searching for recipes that add vegetables to the pasta to make it a little bit healthier for us.

My most recent find is this Roasted broccoli Carbonara.   It takes a traditional carbonara pasta and pairs it with crisp bacon, Parmesan cheese, and roasted broccoli.  I’m a huge broccoli fan and my husband loves bacon so this was a great combination for us.  Plus, roasting the broccoli adds a ton of flavor to this pasta.

An easy pasta dish, you will love this weekday Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

The bacon adds a crispiness and some saltiness to the pasta dish.  The egg yolks are basically the sauce and make the pasta rich and silky.   This is definitely becoming a favorite pasta dish of mine and I’m sure it’ll be on the menu quite frequently during the rest of the school year.

Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

Roasted Broccoli Carbonara

Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Traditional Carbonara pasta jazzed up with crispy bacon and delicious roasted broccoli.


  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into florets
  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 t. black pepper
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned, turning the broccoli once during cooking.
  3. While the broccoli is cooking, add the bacon to a large saute pan and cook until browned. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Mix the black pepper, egg, egg yolks, and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese together in a medium bowl. Add the bacon and set aside.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  6. Place the drained pasta in the skillet that held the bacon. Add 1/4 c. pasta water and the egg mixture. Stir vigorously to prevent the eggs from solidifying.
  7. Continue to add pasta water a few tablespoons at a time until a creamy sauce forms.
  8. Add the broccoli to the pasta and toss to coat.
  9. Serve pasta with remaining Parmesan cheese.


Quick and Easy Roasted Broccoli Carbonara with Bacon

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