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Spaghetti Carbonara with Spicy Italian Sausage and Rocket!

A traditional Carbonara Pasta with some non traditional additions!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy pasta recipe, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 4 Italian sausage cooked and sliced I use spicy but you can also use medium or mild
  • 16 ounces spaghetti prepared to package instructions
  • 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Black pepper and sea salt to taste
  • Zest of one medium lemon
  • ½ cup pasta water reserved for thinning sauce you may need a little, or none
  • Large handful 'rocket' also known as arugula


Pasta directions.

  1. Place a large stock pot of water to boil.
  2. Place sausage in pan on medium/high heat. Cook for several minutes turning so all four sides are browned. After all sides are browned, place lid on pan and cook five more minutes or until cooked thru (about 15 minutes total) Remove sausage from pan and slice. (Sometimes for more flavor I sauté the garlic in the sausage pan for a minute or two after removing sausage. Optional, but it sure adds flavor!)
  3. While sausage is cooking, prepare sauce and cook pasta to package instructions.

Sauce prep:

  1. Place egg yolks, cream, lemon zest, garlic and cheese in a large bowl and whisk. When pasta is al dente, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water in a small cup and strain pasta in colander (do not rinse). Place pasta in the bowl with cream/egg mixture. Toss well. If sauce is too thick add a little pasta water to thin. (You may need a little, you may need a lot, you may need none at all) Salt and pepper to taste. Add sausage and rocket (arugula) and toss. Serve immediately.