Shrimp carbonara is made by cooking or combining the cooked pasta in a shrimp carbonara sauce. While the basic ingredients of the sauce include shrimps, eggs, cheese and salt and pepper seasoning, additional ingredients are often mentioned in different recipes of the same preparation.
Popular Shrimp Carbonara Recipes
Italiano Shrimp Carbonara
Ingredients: Pancetta, yellow onion, shrimps, freshly cracked black pepper, whipping cream, penne pasta, eggs, butter and grated Romano cheese.
Preparation Overview: The eggs and whipping cream are beaten together while the penne is boiled and drained. The penne is then combined with the egg mixture and Romano cheese and heated in the skillet for a very brief time, allowing the sauce to thicken. The onions and shrimps are fried in the butter and combined with the pasta. The dish is then seasoned and served with the grated cheese on top.
Quick Shrimp Carbonara Fettuccine
Ingredients: Fettuccine pasta, baby peas, shredded parmesan, cooked shrimps, half and half cream, cooked bacon bits, garlic salt, freshly ground black pepper and beaten eggs.
Preparation Overview: The pasta is cooked in boiling water. The peas are added into the boiling water a few minutes before the pasta is about to turn al dente. The pasta and the peas are drained. The rest of the ingredients are mixed with the hot pasta until the cheese melts and the dish is served with shredded parmesan.
Angel Hair Shrimp Carbonara
Ingredients: Shrimp, chopped bacon, angel hair pasta, chopped garlic, parmesan cheese, chopped onion, diced mushrooms, beaten eggs, extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper.
Preparation Overview: The pasta is boiled in the salted water until al dente and then it is drained. The bacon is sautéed in the oil and followed up with the shrimp. Once these are cooked, garlic, onion and mushrooms are sautéed in the oil until tender and brown. Cheese is added to this mixture along with beaten eggs and all the ingredients are stir cooked until just the egg curdles. The pasta is then tossed with this mixture, seasoned and served.
Marinated Shrimp Carbonara
Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, chopped garlic, butter, bacon bits, garlic, all purpose flour, shrimps, heavy cream, milk, freshly ground black pepper, Spaghetti or Linguine pasta, eggs, salt, grated Romano and Parmesan cheeses, shredded mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, panko breadcrumbs and parsley.
Preparation Overview: The shrimp is pre-marinated in a mixture of olive oil, garlic and seasoning. The sauce is prepared by sautéing garlic and bacon in butter and simmering it with Parmesan, cream, milk, seasoning and flour. The rest of the ingredients are combined except the pasta and the eggs. The shrimp is mixed with the sauce and the other mixture and cooked in the oven. The pasta is cooked al dente and combined with beaten egg. The dish is then served with a topping of the shrimp and sauce.
A typical shrimp carbonara, made with the very basic ingredients, yields about 927 calories. The calories are contributed by 87 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbohydrates and 57 grams of fat.