Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Carbonara


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This classic Olive Garden dish can now be made in your own kitchen.

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  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1 qt. milk
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 24 slices bacon, extra thick
  • 1/4 C. olive oil
  • 3 C. mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 Tbs. scallions, finely minced
  • 1 lb. spaghetti, uncooked
  • 2 tsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

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Melt butter in 4-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add milk, salt and pepper and stir vigorously with wire whip until mixture barely comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, whipping frequently while sauce thickens. Keep warm. Cook bacon until fully cooked. Drain on paper towels. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces and stir into sauce. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and minced onions and sauté until golden. Add to sauce. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well and add to the sauce along with the parsley. Blend well and transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Reviews (6)

  • Terrible recipe......... ugh...... expensive to eat there and no quality to boot.

    Flag as inappropriate Sheryll_Rufus  |  December 4, 2009

  • This is a terrible recipe and why I do not like the Olive Garden for pasta dishes. I have an original recipe from Rome and it does not use flour, butter or olive oil.

    Reported suetob  |  May 6, 2009

  • I find Olive Garden's white sauces to be gummy and glutinous. Now I can see why. Instead of cream being thickened, they are cutting costs by using flour and milk. This isn't really a traditional Carbonara. And there's no eggs! Plus a real Carbonara doesn't have olive oil in it.

    Flag as inappropriate witzke  |  September 3, 2008

  • Isn't Carbonara the "Bacon and Eggs" of the pasta world? Where's the fresh egg? This is why I DON'T go to Olive Garden.

    Flag as inappropriate Comfortcook  |  September 3, 2008

  • The amount of spaghetti called for should give you an idea. A pound of spaghetti is supposed to be eight servings.

    Flag as inappropriate chezmemere  |  September 3, 2008

  • How MANY does this make for?? it doesn't say

    Flag as inappropriate pauladolph1  |  October 3, 2007

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