Cooking Penne Carbonara With Colavita #MomsLoveColavita

DSCN9668I got my Colavita items and was excited to see everything I got to try out. I love how everything was packaged.

DSCN9670The items that I got were:
Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
Colavita Eggplant & Sweet Peppers
Colavita Olive Bruschetta
Colavita Marinara Sauce
Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
Colavita Penne Rigate
Dal Raccolto Capellini
Dal Raccolto Orchiette
Almond Cantuccini

logo_COLAVITA5743 (1)The Colavita Story

The Colavita family traces its roots to the small town of Sant'Elia a Pianisi, in the Molise region of Italy. It was there, four generations ago, that Giovanni Colavita founded the family olive oil tradition and Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil was born. Over the years, theColavita family became masters at the delicate crafts of "tasting" and blending extra virgin oils from different types of olives grown in Apulia and nearby regions. This skill enabled the family to produce 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil with a consistent fine quality – a skill that sets Colavita apart today from the other leading brands.

Today, the Colavita’s main focus is still bringing consumers authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil; however, the Colavita brand has grown to include many other quality specialty food products that are sold in over 60 countries. Colavita durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, traditional and organic pasta sauces, ready-to-serve soups and marinated vegetables, and olive-canola blended oils are the ingredients of choice for chefs in home, restaurant, and professional kitchens worldwide.


Penne Carbonara, Serves 4-6

•    1 pound Colavita Penne Rigate
•    1 tablespoon Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
•    ¼ to ½ pound thick sliced bacon, diced
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    3 large eggs
•    Freshly ground pepper
•    1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1.    Cook the penne according to package directions. While the penne cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet; add the bacon and garlic; sauté until the bacon just begins to brown.
2.    Do not over cook the bacon; if it gets too crisp it will not blend well with the penne.
3.    Beat the eggs in a large serving bowl; season well with pepper. Once the penne is cooked, drain it, reserving ½ to 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
4.    Put the hot penne immediately into the bowl containing the beaten eggs and toss well to coat. Add the bacon along with ½ cup grated cheese.
5.    Toss; adding a little pasta water if the mixture seems too dry. Serve immediately in warmed bowls; passing additional cheese.

DSCN9954While the Colavita Penne Rigate was boiling, my mom browned the chopped up bacon with the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil and minced garlic. This process took about 15 minutes and is very easy to do. Cooking the bacon on a low heat ensures that you don't over cook the bacon. Plus less oil gets splattered.

DSCN9958I don't know about you, but I like to let my bacon sit for a few minutes on paper towel to let the grease drain off. This really helps a lot with my acid reflux. While the bacon set we added in our pepper to the beaten eggs.

DSCN9953We measured out a half cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to mix in with the hot Colavita Penne Rigate. We drained the noodles and kept a cup of the hot noodle water on hand. We then mixed the hot noodles, bacon and cheese into the eggs while mixing thoroughly. We only needed to added a little of the water that we kept.

DSCN9964We then placed everything in a serving dish and added a half cup of Parmesan cheese to top it off. My family loved the Penne Carbonara, which I have never had or made before. I am very happy with all the Colavita products and glad that I got to learn about a new product and new recipe. I can't wait to see what else I or my mother cooks with the rest of the Colavita items.


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I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy's Bloggers for Colavita. I received Colavita products to facilitate my review.

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44 thoughts on “Cooking Penne Carbonara With Colavita #MomsLoveColavita

  1. I like the Butternut Squash Cavatappi With Fontina, Asiago, and Gran Padano Cheeses, that looks awesome! I would like the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the oils form Italy seem to taste so much better than the domestic kinds

  2. The recipes from the Colavita website that I would like to try are the Perugina Bittersweet Chocolate – Mascarpone-Swirled Brownie and the Bacio Semifreddo (Soft Ice Cream with Chocolate and Hazelnuts).

  3. I would like to try the Butternut Squash Cavatappi With Fontina, Asiago, and Gran Padano Cheeses recipe from the site.

  4. I would love to try these recipes Roasted Tomato and Herb Sicilian Pizza,Colavita’s Pumpkin Pie ,Pumpkin Pancakes and Colavita Sweet & Spicy Nuts.

  5. Oh my I would really like to try the traditional Pannetone , I have never had that dessert bread but I see it everywhere every year .They have so much fabulous awesome Italian foods and goodies I must try !!

  6. Wow do they have some delicious and unique recipes! Can’t wait to try pasta dishes. Never realized they sold so many ingredients for a full on Italian cooking experience… they really make a difference. Thank you for introducing me to their site 🙂

  7. I have never heard of Colavita products before but I will be looking for it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I will be giving it a try for my family

  8. (Cooking Penne Carbonara With Colavita #MomsLoveColavita) This recipe sound so good to me. I like eating just about anything that has the penne pasta in it.

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