This Spaghetti Carbonara recipe is so rich and decadent, yet so incredibly easy to make!

Pasta is tossed in a delicious and easy parmesan sauce with savory pancetta. The heat from the pasta cooks the sauce making for a quick and creamy dish in no time at all!

This easy carbonara recipe makes a restaurant worthy dish in just minutes at home.

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Ingredients for Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti a la Carbonara is one of the easiest recipes to make!

Meat: This carbonara recipe uses pancetta, which is a cured pork belly, adds a salty flavor to this recipe. If you don’t have pancetta, bacon works as a substitute. In Italy, guanciale, which is cured pork jowl or pork cheek, is typically used for pasta carbonara, but it’s hard to find where i live so I use pancetta in place.

Cheese: While it’s common to use Parmesan cheese in North America, traditionally, Pecorino Romano cheese is used in spaghetti carbonara. Use whichever cheese you prefer or have on hand.

Eggs: Eggs are a key ingredient in carbonara, adding a rich and creamy texture to the sauce. The heat from the pasta cooks the eggs. A traditional carbonara does not contain cream.

Pasta: A long pasta works well in this recipe; we use spaghetti for a classic spaghetti carbonara.

Tips for a Perfect Carbonara

This pasta carbonara recipe has a creamy sauce with an egg base. The heat from the noodles cooks the eggs.

  • Ensure eggs are at room temperature and whisked before cooking the pasta.
  • Have all ingredients prepared, the pasta has to be hot to cook the egg.
  • Reserve some pasta cooking water to adjust the consistency of the sauce.
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How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Whisk Sauce: Whisk eggs, parmesan cheese, & black pepper in a bowl & set aside.
  2. Boil Pasta: Cook pasta until it is ‘al dente’. Do not rinse the pasta, the starch helps the consistency of the sauce.
  3. Toss Together: Quickly add the egg mixture to the hot cooked pasta & toss to combine. The heat from the pasta will thicken the egg. (Add a bit of pasta water if needed to get the right consistency.)
  4. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a little chopped parsley for garnish!

Serve it with a fresh Italian salad and homemade garlic bread for the perfect Italian-inspired meal!

Tip for a Smooth Carbonara Sauce

Remember, the pasta has to be hot to cook/thicken the egg mixture. If it’s too hot, the sauce will not have a smooth consistency. Remove the pan from the heat just before tossing the egg mixture with the hot pasta.

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Wine Pairing: Spaghetti Carbonara is a rich pasta dish so the best wine pairings will always be crisp whites like Pinot Grigios or Gris. Let the full-bodied flavors of the eggs, cheese, and garlic take center stage and pair with a light, pear, or citrus-flavored wine.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghettini carbonara features pasta in a deliciously creamy parmesan sauce with savory pancetta.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 6 slices pancetta or guanciale or bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese or pecarino ramano, shredded
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain well but do not rinse.
  • Add the hot drained pasta to the skillet with the garlic, and toss to coat.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in the egg mixture, mixing well with tongs. If needed, add reserved pasta water to adjust the consistency of the sauce.
  • Add the pancetta or bacon, and toss until combined. Season with additional salt to taste.
  • Serve hot, garnished with parsley or additional parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

  • Ensure eggs are at room temperature before beginning.
  • This dish comes together fast. Prepare all ingredients before beginning.
  • Cook the pasta until it is ‘al dente’ or firm.
  • Do not rinse the pasta, the starch helps the sauce cling.
  • Add a bit of pasta water if needed to create a creamy consistency.
  • Carbonara will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Because of the creamy sauce it is not recommended to freeze. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 437 | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
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  1. Made this tonight for dinner and it was so simple and easy! We definitely enjoyed it and will be making it again!5 stars