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Collard Green Carbonara

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

This is a hearty, seasonal entree' you can pair with fresh sides of your liking...

One thing I love about cooking is finding so many wonderful,yet different ways to cook some of my favorite foods. I love collard greens and finding different ways to cook them. This recipe is sure to liven up your weekday menu as well as your taste buds.:

Carbonara is the ultimate quick dinner.-GTG

This dish is quick to make. It has rich flavors and can be filling in a good way. This dish is also great for midweek when you want to have a easy meal with little wait time. Let me know in the comments section how it turned out.

Happy Eating!

Collard Green Carbonara Recipe


  • 12 oz. uncooked Spaghetti

  • 6 thick hickory bacon slices, chopped

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced and halved

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 cups of firmly packed chopped fresh collard greens

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

  • 3 Cups (12oz) freshly shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. Cook Pasta according to package instructions.

  2. While pasta is cooking, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium/high heat until crisp (about 5-6 minutes) Drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.

  3. saute' onion in hot drippings (4-5 minutes) or until golden brown and tender.

  4. Add garlic; sautee' 1 minute

  5. Add collards; sautee' 5 minutes

  6. Remove from heat

  7. Add bacon

  8. Whisk together eggs, egg yolk, next 3 ingredients and 2 1/2 cups cheese un a large bowl.

  9. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water

  10. Immediately pour hot pasta into egg mixture; toss to coat. (Heat from the pasta will partially cook the eggs)

  11. Add collard mixture; toss to combine.

  12. Stir in enough pasta water to reach desired consistency.

  13. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  14. Serve


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