Easy Gluten-Free Pasta Carbonara

Gluten-Free Pasta Carbonara

gluten-free pasta

One of our favorite dishes during the comfort food years before I had to nix gluten was pasta Carbonara.  It is so decadent and creamy and wonderful.  But it wasn’t that easy to make gluten-free pasta Carbonara.

The main problem was finding the right type of gluten-free pasta to use in the recipe.  So many of the brown rice pastas just turn out pretty gross and mushy.  

Then we found stir fry rice noodles!  And they worked to make an awesome pasta Carbonara again.  They don’t stick together and you can toss them in the cheese mixture without it turning to mush.

Even more exciting was discovering bionaturae organic gluten-free pasta made from non-GMO organic rice flour, organic potato starch, organic rice starch, and organic soy flour.  I absolutely love using this organic pasta in so many dishes.

Bison Meatball Stroganoff

We make  a delicious bison meatball stroganoff with the fusilli.  And spicy chicken spaghetti using jalapeños to add a little kick to red sauce.  So good!

Spicy chicken spaghetti made with jalapeños in the red sauce

Or you could make a simple linguine dish tossed in olive oil and herbs for a really easy Meatless Monday dish. This bionaturae pasta really works so well in so many dishes. I absolutely love the texture. And it actually contains 5 grams of protein per serving.

Easy linguine perfect for Meatless Monday

It even holds up to baking in a casserole dish as well when cooked for about 5 minutes before adding in the other ingredients. I loved how it held up in this baked penne with bison.

So it was no surprise that it worked out so well to make this pasta Carbonara dish gluten-free.

bacon options

Initially to make the pasta carbonara, we used real bacon and rendered the fat in a Dutch oven. Then cook the garlic in the bacon fat for about a minute. Remove the Dutch oven from the heat before tossing in the pasta, parmesan and eggs. So decadent.

But now we have switched to natural turkey bacon. So you don’t really get any fat from it. So we cook it separately in the oven.

Instead of bacon fat, we just heat up some olive oil in a Dutch oven and cook the garlic in that about a minute before the pasta is done.

You want to let the Dutch oven get hot so that when you remove it from the heat it will indirectly cook the eggs and melt the Parmesan cheese when added to the strained hot pasta.

Also, reserving some of the pasta water and adding it to the pasta mixture makes it nice and creamy. I usually reserve about a cup and add it until it is the creaminess I like (about 1/2 cup usually works).

Then crumble on the bacon and extra Parmesan if you’d like. Sometimes if I’ve got parsley on hand I’ll sprinkle it on their, too.

goat cheese alfredo sauce and pasta with sundried tomatoes, asparagus and spinach

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Gluten-Free Pasta Carbonara

Decadent pasta Carbonara made with Parmesan cheese, bacon, egg and gluten-free noodles for a perfect texture!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta carbonara, rice noodles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 8 oz GF spaghetti or linguine
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 strips GF turkey bacon, cooked
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Kosher salt, sea salt or iodized salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh Italian parsley (optional)


  1. Cook the turkey bacon and set aside. When cool enough crumble into smaller pieces.

  2. Start boiling a large saucepan of filtered water to cook the pasta. Cook the pasta according to directions. Reserve some of the pasta water to add to the carbonara (about a cup).

  3. Mix the Parmesan cheese and eggs together in a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven or large saucepan. Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic about a minute before the pasta is finished cooking. Remove from heat and add the freshly drained pasta and the egg and Parmesan mixture. Toss gently. Add in the reserved pasta water until nice and creamy (about 1/2 cup should work well).

  5. Spoon into serving dishes; sprinkle with a little salt; then add the crumbled bacon, extra Parmesan and parsley (optional). Serve immediately.

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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4 Responses

  1. Jennifer Fuller says:

    Another mouthwatering recipe!

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