Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

Total Time:
25 min
15 min
10 min

4 servings


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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    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    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!!
    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.
    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!
    Love! Simple, creamy, and delicious. Really satisfied my craving for pasta with a creamy sauce. My husband liked it too!
    Awesome, best carbonara ever great job!!!!!!!
    Just delicious and so easy to make. Comforting on a cold night. I didn't have parsley on hand, but it was still delicious!
    I loved it! My family makes it the Sicilian way with peas.
    Authentic and delicioso!
    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.
    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
    Fast and easy. My son even helped
    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!
    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???
    My family loved it and it was super easy.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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!
    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!
    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.
    This is delicious and EASY! Comes together really fast. I added sauteed onions. Will make again!
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