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Best Instant Pot Carbonara

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Ditch the fuss and dive into easy comfort with our Instant Pot Carbonara. Forget traditional methods – this quick recipe delivers perfectly cooked spaghetti in a creamy blend of eggs, parmesan, and crispy bacon. It’s all the flavor, none of the hassle, right from your Instant Pot to your table!

If you like this spaghetti carbonara recipe you’ll also want to try our Instant Pot Bolognese and Instant Pot Feta Cheese Pasta recipes.

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Instant Pot Homemade Carbonara Recipe

If you aren’t sure about making this recipe, below are just a few reasons it should be on your meal plan.

  • Easy and Quick: This Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara simplifies the classic Italian dish without compromising taste.
  • Creamy and Comforting: This spaghetti carbonara recipe makes a creamy pasta that’s perfect comfort food.
  • Minimal Ingredients: Made with just a few staples, it’s convenient as a last-minute meal.

Ingredients for Carbonara

  • Spaghetti Noodles: The base of the dish, they absorb the flavors and provide a satisfying, hearty texture.
  • Butter: Adds richness and creaminess to the sauce, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Oil: Used for frying the bacon and sautéing the garlic, adding depth to the dish.
  • Bacon: Provides a salty, smoky element that is essential to classic carbonara.
  • Minced Garlic: Imparts a robust, aromatic flavor that complements the rich ingredients.
  • Shredded Parmesan: Melts into the sauce, providing a salty, nutty element and creamy texture.
  • Egg: When mixed with the hot pasta, it creates a silky, rich sauce without the need for cream.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a spicy kick and aromatic note, balancing out the rich flavors.
Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Spaghetti Carbonara.

How To Make Instant Pot Carbonara

Step One: Layer Spaghetti

Break spaghetti noodles in half and place in Instant Pot layered and crossed. Add water until noodles are completely submerged.

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Step Two: Pressure Cook

Close lid, seal pressure valve and pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. When finished, manually release the pressure. 

Step Three: Drain Pasta

Drain the noodles, saving 1/2 cup of noodle water. Set noodles aside.

Step Four: Saute Bacon

Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the bacon until crispy. Add garlic and butter and sauté until the butter is melted. 

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Step Five: Add Cooked Pasta

Cancel the Instant Pot from sautéing mode and add pasta stirring it in. 

Step Six: Whisk Egg And Cheese

In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg and Parmesan. Slowly stir the egg and cheese mixture in so that the egg does not scramble. Add the noodle water and stir well.

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Step Seven: Garnish And Serve

Add salt and pepper and serve. Garnish with some additional bacon for a crunchy and tasty topping.

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Tips for Making Instant Pot Pasta Better

  • Reserve Pasta Water: Before draining the cooked spaghetti, save a cup of the pasta cooking water. Add a splash or two to the Carbonara as needed when mixing. The starchy water helps create a silkier sauce, enhancing the dish’s overall creaminess.
  • If you want the pasta al dente, then reduce the pressure cooking time by one two minutes.

Tips for Substituting Ingredients

  • Add Sausage: Set the Instant Pot to Saute. Then add cubed chicken, then some ham or Italian sausage and cook with bacon until browned to suit. Add any seasonings/herbs to suit your individual tastes. The final part is to throw in the pasta and set the Instant Pot to 7 minutes with 2 cups of liquid.
  • Cook with Chicken: You could use chicken for this easy recipe. Check out this easy Chicken Cabonara recipe here.
  • Vegetables: Saute some veggies, spinach, sweet peas, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, even broccoli and cauliflower. Add your spaghetti and set the Instant Pot to 7 minutes with 2 cups of liquid.
  • Pasta: Using completely different types of pasta. Angel hair (Capellini), fettuccine, linguine. Any of these types of pasta can be a great substitute for carbonara to make this dish.

Is Leftover Carbonara Good?

  • To Store: If you have any leftovers, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last for 2-3 days.
  • To Reheat: Place them in a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.

Great Sides for Instant Pot Spaghetti Carbonara

  • Simple Salad: A light salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Garlic Bread: Crusty Garlic Bread complements the richness of spaghetti carbonara.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted Asparagus or Broccoli add a touch of freshness and color.
  • Grilled Zucchini: Lightly seasoned and grilled zucchini provides a tasty vegetable side.
  • Caprese Salad: Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze make a great Caprese Salad.
  • Sauteed Spinach: Quickly sautéed spinach with garlic and olive oil makes for a simple and nutritious side.

FAQ’S

What Pasta Is Best for Carbonara?

There are a few different types of pasta that can be used for carbonara. Spaghetti is the most popular choice, but other options include fettuccine, linguine, or any other type of long pasta. Short pasta like macaroni or penne can also be used, but won’t have the same traditional flavor and texture as spaghetti carbonara.

Is White Sauce And Carbonara the Same?

Carbonara sauce is originally made with eggs, parmesan, and cured pork called guanciale. The sauce is served over a plain flour-and-water spaghetti. Both are white sauces. They are both simple to make, with rich white sauces served over long pieces of pasta. They can be homemade and makes your meal/dish more traditional.

Why Do You Put Egg Yolk in Carbonara?

Traditional Carbonara uses egg yolk and therefore this is the best way to make carbonara. The whites of the egg combine with the starch in the pasta water to add viscosity to the sauce while the yolk adds richness and flavor. Because egg yolks are a powerful emulsifier, they also help bind the fat from the pork to the sauce, creating a smooth, velvety texture without any separation.

How Long Do You Cook Spaghetti In The Instant Pot?

This is one question which varies on what you are cooking with the pasta. The short answer to this question is 6-7 minutes. It takes on average of 10-12 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. So in that time, the spaghetti is cooked and softened just right.

Instant Pot carbonara

Instant Pot Spaghetti Carbonara

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Looking for quick and east yet appetizing recipe for the famous Spaghetti Carbonara? Then try this Instant Pot Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tablespoons of butter divided 
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 5 slices of bacon chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 
  • 1 cup of shredded Parmesan
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper 

Instructions

  1. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place in instant pot layered and crossed. Add water until noodles completely submerged.
  2. Close lid, seal pressure valve and pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. When finished, manually release the pressure. 
  3. Drain the noodles saving 1/2 cup of noodle water. Set noodles aside.
  4. Set instant pot to sauté and add oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the bacon until crispy. 
  5. Add garlic and butter and sauté until butter is melted. 
  6. Cancel the instant pot from sautéing mode and add pasta stirring it in. 
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and Parmesan. Slowly stir the egg and cheese mixture in so that the egg does not scramble. Add the noodle water and stir well.
  8. Garnish with pepper and serve 

Notes

If you want the pasta al dente, then reduce the pressure cooking time by one two minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 648mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

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