GamerKitchen: Italian Sausage Carbonara with Asparagus

Move beyond spaghetti and meat sauce with this delicious and simple pasta dish that works equally well impressing a date or just after a long day at work.

Pasta alla carbonara. Now that sounds pretty fancy. It might even scare you away from trying the recipe. But don’t run! GamerKitchen is all about demystifying the culinary world. We wanted to cook this tasty, Italian comfort food to give you a short and easy recipe after tackling the Beer Braised Middle-Earth Meat Pie.

The essential ingredients in carbonara are – egg yolks, parmesan cheese, cream and bacon – which many of us always have in the refrigerator. The additional meat and vegetable we used can be interchanged with anything you want, like chicken and broccoli or shrimp and zucchini. The same goes for the pasta. We picked penne because we thought it would match the shape of the asparagus nicely. Get creative!

If you think of a really great combination, be sure it share it with us and tweet a picture to @primermag!

Need a reference while cooking? Print the recipe here.

Luke Bryce reviews games at Leisure Gamer Network. He also makes videos, teaches cooking classes and rides an old blue bicycle. Follow him on Twitter, @lukebryce.


  • Reply May 8, 2012


    I know what I’m making tonight!

  • Reply May 8, 2012


    I love pasta Carbonara. If you can find it, its much better if you swap the bacon out for pancetta. Great video Luke!

  • Reply May 8, 2012


    Defintely making this tonight

  • Reply May 8, 2012


    Thanks! Christopher is right, it’s worth trying with pancetta. Good luck guys, let me know how it goes for you all! I’ll be waiting……just kidding!

  • Reply May 9, 2012


    Some people cook their pasta by adding Olive Oil to the water, does this act in the same way as adding salt, or is Olive oil more of just a flavor preference? Would it work with this dish?

  • Reply May 9, 2012


    Good question. In terms of flavor, it is negligible. People maintain that oil helps prevent the pasta from sticking together, but it really doesn’t help that much and there are better ways to prevent sticking. If cooked in oil, the pasta will get a coating of oil and it will be harder for the pasta to absorb the sauce you’ve prepared. As a result, you’ll have less flavorful pasta per bite.

    On the other hand, one of the main benefits of adding oil is it helps reduce the possibility of water boiling over when using a smaller pot. However, preventing water from boiling over can be mitigated by using a larger pot or reducing the heat slightly.

    In short: add the salt, skip the oil.

  • Reply May 14, 2012


    Just made this today with pancetta instead of bacon and string beans instead of asparagus and it was delicious! Thanks man!

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