Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
Directions

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy, about 6 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all of the oil except for 3 tablespoons. Add the garlic. Season with black pepper. Saute for 30 seconds. Add the crispy bacon and the pasta. Saute for 1 minute. Season the eggs with salt. Remove the pan from the heat and add the eggs, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble. Add the cheese and re-season with salt and pepper. Mound into serving bowls and garnish with parsley.


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Fast, easy, and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Comes out perfect every time. Not too eggy, simple to make, and so indulgent. Love it. :-D item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This was fantastic! I enjoy cooking...the complicated, all day in the kitchen, 50 things to buy at the store type of cooking and that's why I have never made a carbonara before. Low and behold a Friday night came when I had to come up with something fast so I decided to give Emeril's a try. Does Emeril ever disappoint? NO! This was so rich and decadent and just perfect! The only thing I changed was the addition of some of the pasta water just to help the sauciness but without it it would've still be great! This is going on my short list of make all the time recipes. Thanks Emeril (again!)! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing and so easy!!! Added onion to the sautéed bacon. Yum yum yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had this at a good restaurant in Rome. This recipe seems very authentic to me. It is good! However, to share for anyone with tastes like mine: I would use Basilla Plus Spaghetti. I would double to quadruple the bacon. I would increase the Parm. And, I would serve extra eggs for each serving, fried, soft yolk, on top. My son and I are arguing about whether the extra bacon should go on top, under the fried eggs, or in the pasta. Then, of course, more parm on top! We like more protein to carb ratio -- do your thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy, fast, and yummy! I have made this 3 times now and the family loves it. I do have to agree with some ours on here, who say to temper the eggs a bit first. Thank you Emeril for a quick wonderful family week night dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It tasted good; but I thought it was a bit bland and I would have liked it to be creamier. Still worth making, though; it made a good dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have enough bacon. The only other meat in the fridge was a frozen chicken filet (dark meat. So I chopped it up to be roughly the same size as the bacon and threw it in the pan after the bacon had cooked about halfway. The chicken easily absorbed the flavor of the bacon and no one seemed to notice. The dish is a winner but you might want to temper your eggs with a bit of pasta water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow so so good. husband was asking for meat sauce and didn't feel like defrosting hamburger so whipped this up in a pinch. nobody missed the meat. tried another recipe that called for reduced chicken broth with only 2 yolks and it was good but not creamy and delicious like this one. added a little crushed red pepper flake to appease son who can't seem to eat without hot sauce. definitely will add this to my dinner in a hurry file item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really loved this recipe! I added about 1 cup of the pasta water to loosen up the sauce. But that is the only thing I changed. Yummmy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's good, not great. I would say sub pancetta for bacon and leave out the parsley. Also to avoid scrambling your eggs, all you have to do is mix them up in a bowl with the cheese, pepper and salt, metal mixing bowl is ideal. Then add the hot pasta and meat and mix it up. If thickening is needed just put the bowl over the pasta water and mix while the steam heats it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love carbonara but haven't been able to find a recipe that measures up to my expectations until now. This is a wonderful and easy dish to make! I do add a little more cheese, bacon, and a little fat-free half and half to make it a little more creamy. It's my now go-to dish when I need my carbonara fix! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love! Simple, creamy, and delicious. Really satisfied my craving for pasta with a creamy sauce. My husband liked it too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, best carbonara ever great job!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just delicious and so easy to make. Comforting on a cold night. I didn't have parsley on hand, but it was still delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! My family makes it the Sicilian way with peas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Authentic and delicioso! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I went to trim some parsley from my herbs, I included some basil with the flat leaf parsley and curly parsley. That was my only variation. It was wonderful and easy. I would proudly include this as a pasta course at a dinner party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
De-li-cio-so! Juicy eggs and garlic flavor made this recipe a success in my family! Great recipe Emeril! (miss your shows on Food Network item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast and easy. My son even helped item not reviewed by moderator and published
People are having trouble with scrambling their eggs because you need to let it cool to a warm - not hot - temperature first. But he can't SAY that because then you might wait too long and your eggs might be cooked unsafely, so he has to say to add them while the pan is hot. I cooked a half pound of kielbasa and a shallot in some bacon grease (saved in my freezer instead of using actual bacon. Turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
please be sure to turn off you stove before adding the eggs as othewise you'll scramble your eggs with the pasta... having said that everyone in my family still loves this dish! Thank you Emeril... Can we be on your show??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it and it was super easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe and for me it turned out awesome! I added some of the cheese to the eggs. For new cooks out there make sure to temper the eggs, I used a little of the pasta water to make sure it didn't scramble. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ♥ spaghetti carbonara. Emeril's recipe is pretty much identical to my recipe that I've been using for over a decade. I read one reviewer stating that poring eggs over hot pasta created scrambled eggs, but that tells me that the reviewer can't cook, and it has nothing to do with the quality of this recipe. I give 5 stars to this classic and simple spaghetti carbonara recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used farm-fresh eggs, fresh-ground Parmesan, and fresh-ground pepper. It made all the difference. The flavors really stood out. My only recommendation beyond the recipe itself is to reserve a bit of the pasta water to adjust the consistency to your liking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm sorry. This recipe was horrendous! If you like breakfast pasta, go for it. Question: what happens when you put beaten eggs in a hot pan. Answer: they cook and when stirred they scramble. Add cheese and you have a gooey ball of what looks like saturday dinner and sundays breakfast. Sorry Emeril, not one of your better ones. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was unsure about the eggs in pasta as I am not familiar with this dish at all. I decided to give it a shot and am SO glad I did. This will be added to my recipe book and made again! I followed the recipe exactly but used turkey bacon adding olive oil while frying it to make up for the dryness. I absolutely loved this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to make some changes simply because I didn't quite have everything on hand. I used 4 oz of pancetta instead of the half a pound of bacon, and that was plenty. I used a quarter of a red onion along with the garlic. I also used gemelli pasta instead of spaghetti as I did not have any spaghetti. I forgot to get Parmesan at the store so all I had was pecorino and even though I was making a half batch I spaced that for a sec and put in all 4 eggs. At the last minute I put in some frozen peas and it was really good. Even though I had to make some changes, the outcome was really good and there were rave reviews all around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good! My boyfriend was skeptical when he saw I was going to pour raw eggs into the pasta but then when he tried it he couldn't stop saying how good it was. I will be making this a lot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As most chefs say, simple is best. Here, simple bacon and eggs spaghetti transforms into classy spaghetti carbonara , and this recipe couldn't be easier. For anyone who wants to know how to keep the eggs from scrambling, here's a hint. Let the eggs become room temperature if you can. Then, whisk the eggs by themselves in a bowl prior to adding the garlic to the pan so that the eggs are ready. After cooking the garlic for 30 seconds, add the bacon and spaghetti to the pan, and turn the spaghetti for 15 seconds to heat through. Take the pan off the heat, and add the spaghetti combination to a large bowl. Pour the eggs over the spaghetti mixture, and fold the spaghetti quickly into the eggs for about 20 seconds. Fold the parmesan into the spaghetti, and voila! The result is a creamy yellow sauce worthy of 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been looking for a quick and easy carbonara meal and this proved to be the one. Added onion and red pepper flakes, but will probably adjust a few things along the way, such as decreased size since it is just my wife and me, and some green peas - gotta figure that one out. SY from Chino Hills, CA - I had a problem with understanding the whisking thing myself, then I learned. This note may be a little late, but the whisking just means taking a fork, or equivalent, and then stirring real quick so the egg coats the noodles instead of coagulating and then becoming scrambling eggs. In other words, stir, really quick, it won't be easy, but well worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a quick lunch for my family, I will be making it again for sure! My kids loved it. The only thing I would do is add peas once in a while for a change. Otherwise, the recipe is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I just enjoyed this delicious dish! Because I was afraid of making scrambled eggs (instead of carbonara), I removed the pan from the heat immediately after cooking the garlic (one step early). There was enough heat to stir in the pasta and bacon and then the eggs (without scrambling them). This recipe is a keeper, and we're quite particular about our food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious and EASY! Comes together really fast. I added sauteed onions. Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SY, If your having problems with your eggs becoming scrambled, put about 1/2c warm pasta water in the eggs before adding them to the pan, this will 'temper' them and help keep from scrambling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once you get all the ingredients together the cooking process is really fast. I love that this doesn't use heavy cream but instead the protein of eggs and some cheese to bind it. I added fresh chopped rapini, beet greens and peas to the recipe to have some crunch, bitter and sweetness. I basically used what needed to be picked from my garden. If you add them, do so before you add the eggs and pasta back so the greens cook a little. This is the kind of meal that makes a huge splash with people because of the homey, warm flavors. It's also something we often have the ingredients for in our pantry so it's a throw-together. Eggs, bacon, pasta, garlic? no problem! It's great for a party if you have a salad prepared, or awesome if you halve it and share it on a date. Have one bowl of salad, (we made a fresh lettuce, orange segment with lemon-honey vinaigrette). If you want to be romantic, have two large bowls, two sets of forks and take turns eating pasta from one bowl, salad from the other. Amazing tastes together. Really romantic? just have one fork for each :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw Emeril make this on one of his shows. It wasn't the one with an audience. Anyway, he added shallots and red chili pepper flakes and that was what I did. It came out delicious. I make this regularly for my family and they love it. It is so easy to make, even someone working the pan for the 1st time can do this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed this recipe and the taste was just as expected but as soon as my eggs hit the pasta, they scrambled. I did remove the pan from the heat source when I did this too. Should I wait until it cools a little bit? I don't understand what he means by adding the eggs to the pasta and then whisking...? Can someone tell me how to avoid getting scrambled eggs next time? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this classic carbonara recipe over and over again for my family, and the dishes are licked clean everytime!! That's saying a lot, with two picky little eaters in the house! I do usually cut the recipe in half, as the full recipe makes too much for us too enjoy in one sitting, and everyone knows that you can't reheat carbonara for leftovers ~ you just get scrambled eggs with pasta! Great, classic recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the first time for Christmas Eve lunch last year. It was so good! Even my kids liked it. I did make one minor change...I reduced my pasta to 3/4 pound. We all like that way, it makes the flavors bolder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After traveling to Italy this is as close as I could find to the Carbonara we had I do add onion with the bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
With an added splash of white wine to the eggs, this husband gets four stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even better if you use pancetta! So nice to see an authentic carbonara recipe on FN. Giada totally messes it up. This is the real deal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very good and so simple to make. I took advice from others and had all the ingredients readily available at the start of cooking because it does come together rather quick. It is very easy week night meal and it heated up nicely the next day for lunch. I will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tastes great and it is really very easy. Even my little kids will eat it eagerly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty, but too oily. Carbonara should be creamy, and this is not at all. Not good for leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good...first time making this and it came it great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for a dinner party without testing it first. It was a winner and so easy. The trick is to line up all of the ingredients as, once you start, it cooks up fast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think 5 star reviews are used to liberally on this site. That being said, this is a great dish for the weekend. This recipe allows you to make dinner using bacon & eggs leftover from breakfasts during the work weak. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this simple but tasty dish. Garnished with some additinal crispy bacon and fresh tomato cut fine and blotted to reduce moisture. I also used some pasta water to loosen this up after it had been sitting, and would probably go ahead and reserve some for next time to have on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been craving for years now to make a pasta dinner for my husband, who for some reason or another has an aversion to pasta. I begged him for past night, found this super easy and tasty recipe on-line - and long and behold....we found a winner in my husbands tummy! He loved it so much, he said I just simply "got lucky"! I'm sure he'll be begging me to make this on a regular basis! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very flavorful! The garlic really added! I didn't add the cheese because one of my guests was lactose intolerant and it was still delicious. If you've never tried it, don't be afraid, it won't taste "eggy" :-) This is a great dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my friends when I used to live in CA and they loved it! They were surprised that I made this kind of pasta (I usually make pasta and a bottled sauce). Really good! I'm proud of myself! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A really easy and yummy pasta to whip up in a hurry. I always use a little less spaghetti than the recipe suggests, as I like it less dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
classic says it all, just like the carbonara i had in florence!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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