Slow Cooker Pasta alla Carbonara

Slow Cooker Pasta alla Carbonara

Grab a bottle of wine and conjure a romantic Italian bistro with this creamy, sinfully delicious pasta alla carbonara.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 9 oz thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken meat, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 2 tbs pasta water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (Plus more for sprinkling)
  • Generous amounts of freshly cracked pepper


  • Fry up the bacon until crispy and transfer to the slow cooker, leaving most of the drippings behind.
  • Add the chicken meat, onion, garlic, broth, and black pepper to the slow cooker and lightly stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Cook the pasta per package directions and drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolk, Parmesan, and black pepper. Next, slowly add 2 tbs pasta water and whisk to form a sauce. If it's not saucy enough, add extra pasta water, 1 tbs at a time.
  • Add to the slow cooker along with the cooked pasta. Toss to evenly coat, then serve and enjoy!


This is a fun recipe to build off of. Want a pop of color? Add about a cup of peas before the sauce. Want some deeper savory notes? Add some mushrooms with the onions.