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Tired of boring mid-week lunches? Kick it up a notch with this tasty Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara, just like they do at Olive Garden! Made with fresh, flavorful ingredients and seasoned with herbs, this is a meal the whole family will enjoy.
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Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara Recipe

Tired of boring mid-week lunches? Kick it up a notch with this tasty Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara, just like they do at Olive Garden! Made with fresh, flavorful ingredients and seasoned with herbs, this is a meal the whole family will enjoy.
Servings 4
Author Izzy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine pasta fresh or dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined (see note)
  • 8 slices smoked bacon diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped fine (optional garnish)

Carbonara Sauce

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the minced garlic and onion, frying for one minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the sliced chicken and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until tender. Then remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add the shrimp and sauté stirring regularly until pink and firm, about 3 to 5 minutes (be careful not to overcook). Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Wipe the skillet clean with paper towels and place back on the heat. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Put the bacon in a pan in a single layer and fry until crisp. Remove to the prepared plate and crumble into pieces.
  • Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, combine the sauce ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the beaten eggs, heavy cream, grated parmesan and Italian seasoning.
  • Drain the pasta and immediately add the egg mixture (the steam from the pasta will cook the eggs). Using kitchen tongs, toss a few times and then add the chicken, shrimp and bacon, tossing once more.
  • Add the chicken shrimp carbonara to serving plates and garnish with optional fresh parsley to serve.

Notes

  • Shrimp: If using frozen shrimp, thaw the shrimp completely. You can use large or jumbo shrimp although cooking times will vary with shrimp sizes.
  • Bacon: To save time, you can use precooked bacon if you prefer.