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Creamy Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara

Sometimes everything you need at the end of the day is a comforting pasta dish. This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is hearty, rich, and super creamy. Packed with protein, it’s guaranteed to become a hit with your family!

This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com

After a bunch of vacation-inspired recipes, I am back with a good ol’ pasta dinner. My last posts might have painted a wrong picture that I’m eating only fresh fruit, veggies, seafood and other gorgeous stuff here, in Tenerife. Well, that’s not entirely true. Or should I say, that’s not the case at all.

Let’s be frank, it’s hard to cook something awesome every single day. With the ocean nearby and the sun shining bright, you surely don’t want to spend long hours in the kitchen. Sometimes a quick and easy dinner is everything you want.

Plus, while fresh veggies and fruit are totally awesome, my body craves something comforting from time to time. I feel I should get a medal just for avoiding fast food with McDonalds and Burger King on every corner here, so my stomach definitely deserved its dose of comfort!

This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com

This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara ticks all the boxes. It’s easy to make + with all the creaminess and richness going on here, you are guaranteed to fulfill your hearty food crave!

I came up with this recipe accidentally. My hubby asked for Chicken Carbonara (it’s one of our favorites) while we had some shrimp in the fridge. Being afraid that another day of waiting will make them go bad, I decided to throw them inside. Simple as that!

Only after that I saw that Olive Garden has such a dish on their menu and people are looking for copycat recipes. Sorry if you are one of them but I have never been to this restaurant (we don’t have one in my country) so I can’t even imagine how it tastes like. However, even without trying it, I will take a risk to say that my Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is not worse!

This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com

Featuring bacon, Parmesan cheese, chicken, shrimp, and flavored with basil and parsley, this Italian-inspired pasta dish will give you that needed comfort after a long day at work. As if that wouldn’t be enough, chopped walnuts and grated lemon peel on top make this dish shine even brighter!

It’s funny that I actually forgot to add walnuts and lemon peel when I made this carbonara the first time. I had them ready but somehow totally forgot about em. That’s why they are missing on the photos (sorry for that). However, I did try this chicken and shrimp carbonara with walnuts and lemon next time (it was too late for a photo session) and loved the crunchiness and flavor these guys added!

This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com

There is nothing more to add. You’ve got to be sold by now! Seriously, guys. If you love a good creamy pasta, this is it. Packed with chicken and shrimp, it makes a perfect high-protein dinner your family will absolutely love! This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com

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This Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is an example of a perfect pasta dish. Creamy, rich, comforting, and super delicious, it is guaranteed to become a hit in your house! | yummyaddiction.com
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Creamy Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Creamy, rich, and comforting, this Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is guaranteed to up your mood after a long day at work!

Servings: 6 people
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (450g) shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • paprika , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 oz. (115g) thinly sliced bacon , chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 12 oz. (340g) spaghetti
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (about 1 medium rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts , toasted
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
Instructions
  1. Lightly season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and paprika. In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon olive oil and cook the shrimp 1-2 minutes per side until fully cooked. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  2. In the same skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and cook the bacon and garlic until crisp, for about 8 minutes. Let cool.

  3. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain.

  4. Meanwhile, mix together the cream, Parmesan cheese, egg yolks, basil, and parsley. 

  5. Add the chicken to the pan with the bacon and stir. Add the pasta and the cream and egg mixture and stir over a medium heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce thickens, for a couple of minutes.

  6. Add the cooked shrimp, mix well, and cook for a couple of minutes more. Do not boil the sauce! 

  7. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with the walnut and lemon peel. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis recipe on Food Network

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Luci's Morsels
    May 24, 2017 at 1:43 am

    This looks amazing and I am having some serious dinner envy right now. Yummy! I need to try this now! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      You are welcome, Luci!

  • Reply
    Jenn
    May 24, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Carbonara was one of my favorite dishes when I was younger. Your version looks wonderful and totally easy for any day of the week.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Yup, this one makes a great weeknight dinner 😉

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    May 24, 2017 at 4:03 am

    you had me at carbonara! this looks delicious

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca!

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    sara| belly rumbles
    May 24, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I do believe that some of the best recipes are ones that happen by accident. I would have done what you did, not risked the shrimp another day and adding them to the pasta. It sounds like you ended up with a really tasty pasta dish.

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      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Without shrimp, it wouldn’t be the same. I’m sure about it 😉

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    Shumaila
    May 24, 2017 at 4:34 am

    I love a good carbonara. Have never tried olive garden’s but yes heard that people really like it. My last experience with olive garden wasn’t great so never went there. I bet being homemade this is miles better!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Maybe it is, Shumaila 🙂 I would have to compare them to be sure but my version tastes really amazing!

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