I tried this recipe out that isn't a true Carbonara (no raw egg), and it was fantastic! Thumbs up from the kids and the hubs. Score!
1 pkg linguine
8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream
parsley for garnish
Cook and Drain linguine as directed on package. While linguine is cooking, cook bacon in a 3 quart saucepan over low heat 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp*. Remove bacon with slotted spoon; drain. Drain fat from saucepan, reserving 1 TB in saucepan. Cook onion and garlic in bacon fat over medium heat about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is tender. Stir in linguine, chicken, cheese, and whipping cream. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Toss with bacon and garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.
(* I actually used precooked bacon and fried the onion and garlic in 1 TB of olive oil instead of bacon grease. The dish was still plenty rich.)