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Spaghetti Carbonara

  • Author: Amber
  • Prep Time: 6
  • Cook Time: 9
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic dish made with spaghetti, bacon, egg, Parmesan cheese and garlic. A busy night go-to in my family!


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • ground pepper
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • parsley, garnish


  1. In a small bowl, mix 4 eggs and 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese together. Sprinkle in some ground pepper. Set to side for later.
  2. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt and pasta.
  3. Boil pasta el dente per instructions on box.
  4. Chop the bacon.
  5. Finely mince the garlic cloves.
  6. Timing is important with Carbonara so right when you put the pasta in the boiling pot, add the bacon into a large preheated saute pan on the stove top. Cook the bacon for 6 minutes or until crispy.
  7. Add the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).  Add in half cup of pasta water from your boiling pot to your bacon pan.
  8. Immediately drain the pasta as it finishes it cook time. Place the drained pasta into the bacon pan and stir ingredients together.
  9. Remove the pan from heat and add the egg mixture. Stir well and quickly.
  10. Serve with some fresh ground pepper and parmesan cheese on top. Garnish with parsley.


  • Sometimes I drain the bacon grease as it crisps up. It depends on how fatty the bacon is. You do want a little bit of bacon grease to coat the pasta. This gives the pasta really nice flavor. If your bacon is swimming in grease as you cook it however, just give it a drain before adding garlic.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta, carbonara, bacon, pancetta,