Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
Directions

Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking to ensure that the spaghetti will be hot and ready when the sauce is finished; it is very important that the pasta is hot when adding the egg mixture, so that the heat of the pasta cooks the raw eggs in the sauce.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender yet firm (as they say in Italian "al dente.") Drain the pasta well, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce if you wish.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium flame. Add the pancetta and saute for about 3 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered. Toss the garlic into the fat and saute for less than 1 minute to soften.

Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon fat. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well to prevent lumps. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency. Season the carbonara with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and taste for salt. Mound the spaghetti carbonara into warm serving bowls and garnish with chopped parsley. Pass more cheese around the table.


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Tyler , your recipes  all are so delicious . ..have cook many of it already  and is super delicious .  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple. Tasty.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
the beauty of recipes like this is that the simplicity often means you tend to have the ingredients at hand, saving you the trouble of grocery shopping. in my case, i made one substitution and added an ingredient, and was blown away with how outstanding the pasta was. i substituted bacon for the pancetta, and added some frozen peas. is there anything better than coating noodles in garlicky bacon fat, and then adding that luxurious layer of egg and parmesan sauce? i wanted to lick my bowl!!! i am a pasta lover and maker, and of all the creative versions i've made, i can easily say this is in my top 3. i will be making this regularly!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe many times and each time it comes out perfect. I love it extra peppery and the sauce is so simple to make. Definitely give this one a try of you, like me, felt intimidated to try making Carbonara item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to say that the recipe on line varies completely from the video. For that reason I gave it 4 Stars. I followed the video and added the 4 large organic eggs, 3 ounces of extra thin sliced pancetta which was my choice to a very large frying pan along with 2 extra diced garlic cloves as we love garlic, drizzled the olive oil into the cooked pasta mixture after mixing the eggs with my organic whole wheat 365 pasta from Whole Foods, which was all combined in a large pasta bowl, not in the frying pan and extra cheese which ended up with a very creamy smooth consistency. Yum! Watch the video! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce is tasty, as the squash...but I don't think the two flavors embrace each other. Squash better with my lemon herbed butter...leave carbonara to pasta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just the carbonara I hoped for. Very good and simple to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, was even toddler approved! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very yummy!! I used 3 slices of bacon and I was going to use 4 but thought it would be too much... I should have listened to my stomach this time. If you love the bacon part of the spaghetti carbonara, I recommend 4 or 5 slices!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious recipe. I made the sauce exactly as directed, and the pasta turned out to be one of the best carbonara pasta I've ever had!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
made as directed with bacon in place of Pancetta and it came out Amazing!!I item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and delicious! I added peas and served with tomato salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Reminiscent of the fantastic carbonara dishes I recently had in Italy. I added 1 extra egg for richness but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. This will become a family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and wonderful. Ingredients you can always have on hand for a lovely supper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this a couple of times from other recipes and they were ok but a little blah. i found this recipe and read SueZeeQ's version how she made it. i made it the same way she did but added almost 3/4lb of bacon and some salt. topped off serving dish with more parmesean and some chopped parsley and it is by far the best i ever made. i added the extra bacon because if you don't, it will be just all spaghetti. i like a little bacon with every bite. it is now my go to recipe and so easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super quick and easy ….My favorite kind of meal to prepare after a long day. I did cut this recipe in half which works out well for 2-3 servings. I also made it with whole wheat pasta to add some fiber (if you don't like the whole wheat nutty flavor try dream fields or smart taste they cook white and taste like regular pasta but have the fiber! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Just have to be really careful to not burn the garlic because the fat from pancetta rendering is so hot. I didn't change a thing. Fresh parsley from the garden made it pop. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and delicious. I accidentally used less bacon and it was still amazing. Make sure to not over cook the garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo creamy good and super quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this EXACTLY as directed and it was awesome! Rich and satisfying enough for my husband to have a second helping, but light enough for me who is not a "creamy sauce" fan. Whipped up in minutes after coming home from work, so I feel good about providing a home made meal without massive effort. Will be part of my regular rotation from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so easy, yet so rich and delicious! I actually halved the pasta (used only half a pound), but used the full recipe for the sauce. I used four slices of regular Hickory smoked bacon (prefer the flavor over pancetta), and added most of a half pint (maybe 3/4 cup) of heavy cream to the cheese and egg mixture. I eyeballed my cheese and would guess I used around one and a half cups including the amount I grated on top. My husband loved it! He said I should've cooked the whole pound! Will make again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome and easy! I used Kitchen Maid Meats' apple cured pepper-bacon. A Cleveland original from the legendary West Side Market. That and the local eggs from my local bike shop/urban farm made this dish shine like the fireworks on the Fourth of July! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I actually did a fist pump after I made this! First time I ever had this was in Italy....Tyler recreated it just like I remember. SO DECADENT! Like the Italians, I added some cream to the cheese egg mixture. Other than that slight change, this is perfect. My kids said this is their new favorite dish and they love Thai. That's saying something. Don't use regular bacon...splurge and buy the pancetta...it's not that much more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Um... yum! Used bacon, but probably only half a pack because I anally trim the fat. Used four enormous cloves of garlic. A full box of spaghetti. I added about a half cup of milk to three beaten eggs then tempered with 3/4 cup boiling past water before adding to pasta. Really creamy and decadent. My best carbonara ever!!!! Thanks Tyler!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and very easy - will sure make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great and easy recipe. I look forward to making it again. I doubled the recipe for a crowd, and other than making sure I had a big enough bowl to mix the spaghetti, everything worked perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the best recipe and closest to the delicious Carbonara I savored during my trip to Italy. It is so easy to prepare as is…..no tweaking needed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Don't bother adding extra salt as Tyler did in the video. The cheese and the pancetta provides all the saltiness needed. I used 2 eggs and fresh pasta and didn't need to add any of the pasta water. It was creamy and decadent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. I love to make this for my wife when we have some quiet time alone. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the meal chefs make after shift. Traditional carbonara does not include garlic, but garlic is gooood. No parsley necessary. Avoid fresh cracked pepper...I know this sounds crazy, but basic shaker pepper is best in this dish. Add one more egg and use heavy 1/2 cup of cooking liquid...not quite 3/4. This is where Tyler nails it. A whole cup of parm is required. Don't skimp. Really salt the pasta water. Adding salt anywhere else does not work. Bravissimo! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I subsituted spicey cured pork (similar to thick pepperoni) instead of pancetta as I couldn't find it and it was delicious. This was such a simple and delicious recipe...it will not be one of my go-tos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for lunch and my roommate got out of bed to have a bite because it smelt so good! The combination was delicious! I also added onions with the garlic to give it a bit of a boost and it added such a great flavour! Definitely filing this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was DELICIOUS! My only complaint would be that it is a very plain pasta dish as written (just a heaping pile of beige) with only bacon and parsley for interest. I added some sliced crimini mushrooms, peas, and green onion for a bit more variety and visual appeal. With that said, I still rate this dish at 5 stars because it is exceptionally quick and easy to prepare. This recipe goes into my cookbook permanently! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love love LOVE this! So good & so easy. I used an extra egg, cheese & pasta water because I like a saucy carbonara. I added just a little bit of lemon zest because it was sitting there on the counter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious and so easy to make! I was a little nervous about scrambling the eggs with the hot pasta, but I had no problems. I would recommend using a microplane grater for the cheese like Tyler does in the video. It really helps incorporate the cheese into the eggs for the sauce. If you love meat, I would double the pancetta. I'm a pasta girl, so it was just enough for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and very satisfying. I added roasted cherry tomatoes to mine. Thanks Tyler. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious. I've never made carbonara before or eaten it. The friends raved about it too. I used 12 oz. of Ronzoni pasta, bacon, and 3 eggs. Everyone had second helpings. I will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've tried among others, Anne Burrell's recipe for carbonara, to much disappointment, but Tyler's comes through. My favorite version and I'll returning to this recipe. So savory, so delicious and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great tasting, much better than other carbonara's I've made. I did add about a 1/4 cup milk to the egg mixture and I would have doubled the bacon but other than that it was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO easy, quick and delicious. Will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly. The carbonara turned out deliciously luxurious. Recipe was easy, and done in 20-25 min start to finish. As an added bonus, my 6 year old loved it too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been "wanting" to make Pasta Carbonara for many years. Today being short on ideas for dinner, figured I'd try something new. This was perfect. My hubby and I like more sauce on our pasta, so I upped the eggs to 5, and the cheese to 1 2/3c. After I had read other recipes from other sites, I decided to add a cup of pasta water to the pan before adding the eggs and cheese. Was very easy to incorporate the eggs and cheese. I even added extra water. It produced a rich sauce that coated the pasta perfectly. Hubby ate way too much, we both loved it! Thanks Tyler, hope to someday thank you in person for sharing recipes that everyone can make without having to drive all over town looking for ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved seeing it Done, and did it.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this today for lunch. Delicious! Next time I think I'll add a bit more bacon, 'cause I can't get enough bacon!! Thanks Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it last night. It was amazing, flavorful -- perfect comfort food. Watching the video is key. I also tripled the garlic, pancetta, & cheese. I used 5 eggs instead of 3. Delicious!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for dinner tonight, and it was a big hit! I followed the recipe exactly, and was a little hesitant about the aspect of raw eggs, but it turned out great! I think the key is making sure the pasta is steaming hot when adding the eggs. Fresh parmesan is a must, and the parsley added a nice layer of flavor. Also, watching the video really helps! Thanks Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe as written on this website and though the taste was DELISH, there wasn't much of sauce. Read some reviews and watched the video and saw that in the video, Tyler says to use 4 eggs. I think that would have made a huge difference. Also my cheese was a little gummy due to my local grocery store not having fresh parm, so I had to use the shredded packaged kind. With all that being said, I will definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely one of the more authentic recipes for carbonara I've found online. Tasted almost as good as I had in Italy, certainly better than I had in a restaurant last week. And easy to make! Will definitely keep trying to perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to follow and oh so yummy : item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy. I subbed prosciutto for the pancetta and added more olive oil to compensate-worked fine but the meat didn't get as crispy as pancetta would have. Also used freshly grated parmesan (no fillers to make it gummy and dried parsley. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend and I, absolutely love it! What we love about it is that it's light and not extremely creamy. The combination of the ingredients is great. It's definitely become a regular in my menu! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious i am only thirteen and could make this with ease. I reccomend cutting the sauce with 2 tablespoons of chicken broth or else the sauce is extremely thick and gummy, other than that delicious and simple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making this dish or even having it! It was amazing. I was hesitant using bacon with spaghetti...but what a magical marriage! Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! And so easy. My go to for late night dinners. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best carbonara recipe - so simple and so delicious! A top request when I'm feeding friends! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, easy recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara! LOVED IT! Will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved this recipe to serve my husband and I. We loved it. I'd purchased some special pancetta and wanted to make something that would really let the flavor shine. I will definitely make this again, although I might make with with bacon next time, just to switch it up a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was so delicious! I used turkey bacon and it tasted amazing!! It was a bit sticky but I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like that. Very easy to make, will def keep this in my recipe box! Thanks Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a spectacular dish. Not only was it easy to make but the taste is truly restaurant quality. This gets an "A+" in my book. Did I mentioned, my family went goo goo-gaa gaa over this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cant believe it has no butter or milk. I love this recipe full of taste unbeliveably gooooood! Add some red Pepper DELISH! Regards from Panama item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! Amazingly good, and so simple. Probably one of the best things I've made, and my cooking can be hit or miss. I made this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he absolutely loved it! And he's pretty picky. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty if I knew this dish was so easy I would have made this a long time ago item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe had the right ratios for me, not too many eggs.....so great! I have to say Tylers recipes are always the best for me!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an easy and delicious dish. Never thought it would be so easy. New staple recipe in our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious and easy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! I used bacon and some different spices, and it was great. My husband LOVED it. I think it could use a little more sauce that is a little lighter, so I would save more of the pasta water for the sauce--like a cup and a half or so. Easy, pretty quick, definitely a make-again dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good recipe.. taste and texture was almost like eating out in a 5 star Italian Restaurant.. I highly recommend this Carbonara.... ***** item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quite tasty. Wife sliced up some sun dried tomatoes to add along with the parsley and served with caprese salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and so easy to make! I've never made Carbonara before but love the dish and was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If I could give it 20 stars I would!!!! I have made this twice and it is amazing. I use whole wheat pasta and I didn't even miss regular pasta. This is the most amazing recipe. My children love it and I love that its versatile, I can even add kale for a twist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 2 cups of cheese, 8 oz bacon (thick slabs, 5 eggs instead of what the recipe called for. It was amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Tyler Florence, my Dad, my son, and my daughter (not necessarily in that order!. My Dad cures his own country hams. My daughter loves bowtie and fusilli pasta. My son has to have "meat" for dinner. You probably know where this is headed . . Tonight, I made Tyler's pasta carbonara, with a twist: Instead of pancetta, I used my father's spectacular hand-cured country ham. Instead of spaghetti, I combined bowtie and fusilli pasta. For my son, I grilled thin chicken breasts, generously seasoned with kosher salt, pepper & olive oil; I let it rest to get some nice plate juices, and sliced it and put it on top of the pasta. We all agreed -- this is a KEEPER!! Note that this dish has to be cooked in a seasoned cast iron skillet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with Fr4nk. Use 4 eggs instead of 2. Excellent recipe and very easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When making this I suggest that you follow the video and not the recipe. You can not do this using only two eggs, you will need at least four. I used four and it came out great. Also, I agree with eheiden1 completely. This really is delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing! So much better than I thought it would be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best pasta dish ever! I used turkey bacon and used only egg whites. I added asparagus, crimini mushrooms, pepper flakes and white wine. Absolutely delish!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out great! I modified it by using Pecorino-Romano in the eggs mixture instead of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Additionally, I cut up some sun-dried tomatoes and bella mushrooms. I used Pancetta like the receipt instructed. I cooked the Pancetta under medium heat in the frying pan. I then added the cut up mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and Garlic. I then took the frying pan off the heat to prevent it from overcooking. When the spaghetti was finish, I saved some pasta water, drained, and added the noodles to the frying pan. I then poured the egg/cheese mixture on top of the noodles and mixed it well. I added some pasta water. I then topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano, ground black pepper, and parsley. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing. So simple and so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Very quick and easy to make - Yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a hit! I added white wine instead of using the starchy water from the pasta and it balanced the heavy flavor of the bacon. This is a new staple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
FANTASTIC! I used bacon and used dried parsley instead of fresh and this was a big hit! My husband loved it and keeps looking at the pictures I took of it and wants me to make it again : I was so worried about the eggs scrambling but they didn't, I followed the instructions exactly! Next time I may add some mushrooms and/or sundried tomatoes and some red pepper flakes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy! I used penne pasta (bf's personal preference, bacon and omitted parsley (I didn't have any. I've made this a half-dozen times and sometimes I'll double the egg/cheese so that I can have extra saucy pasta! This is a definite staple in our household : item not reviewed by moderator and published
EASY and delicious. Toss of parsley at end was refreshing. As others have written, I also substituted bacon for pancetta (snowed in & didn't have pancetta on hand. Using bacon instead of pancetta, I did pour off at least HALF of the bacon fat, sacrificing pumped up flavor for long-term health. You know what? STILL DELICIOUS with less of the fat. Served with arugula salad/lemon vinaigrette. TYLER thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have tried several carbonara recipes and this was one of my favorites! The sauce had the perfect consistency. The only thing I changed in the recipe was that I used linguine instead of spaghetti noodles. Could easily feed 6 people generous servings. Not for dieters or diabetics - you can inhale a plateful of this pasta in a sitting! And okay for leftovers, but best when served off of the stove. We served with a side salad and bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is too good. I hate myself alittle after eating it but, YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too much cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect! A TRUE Carbonara Sauce! (Adding cream just makes it more of an Alfredo Sauce. I love it in it's simplicity...delicious and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I only halved the recipe since there were only two of us eating but other than that I didn't change a single thing. My only regret is not cooking more for both of us! This recipe is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is officially my families' favorite carbonara recipe. I like the "back to basics" approach that Tyler took with this, which has the added advantage of making this almost foolproof. Not clear why this is listed as "intermediate": it's super-quick, easy, delicious, and low-cost. Oh, filling too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG, this was so yummy and so easy and quick to fix, that from now on, it's going to be part of our regular menu! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. I used 3 eggs per pound of spaghetti instead of 2 though and had to add a little splash of milk to loosen it up. Also sauteed portabella mushrooms and sundried tomatoes with the garlic and pancetta. Yum!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! I've noticed that there's a sliding scale in Carbonara recipes for the egg-to-pasta-water (or Chicken Broth ratio; all recipes use more of one ingredient than the other to determine the consistency of the sauce, and so you've got some leeway in altering the recipe according to your taste. I actually decided to make Tyler Florence's Carbonara recipe over Anne Burrell's because it had fewer eggs and that better-suits my palate. FYI: If you use normal sliced bacon in this recipe, you'll likely need more than 3 minutes to cook it, and also, you should plan to use less salt in the pasta water because the bacon is so naturally salty, it could wreck the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really easy, quick and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy but yummy!!!! I add a lot of black pepper to make it zippy. Pasta fans, you will love this comfy dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a pretty good recipe. Was really easy and fast (15-20 min to make, even for the 1st time. I added sliced mushrooms. I like cheese a lot so I might add more Parmesan or something next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making carbonara, so I followed the recipe exactly, but it was a disaster. Even though the pan was off the heat, the eggs scrambled. How are you supposed to whisk pasta and cheese? Adding some reserved pasta water only made things worse. I've noticed many other recipes use cream in the sauce- that's definitely what I'll try next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this repice was easy to prepare and very tasty. The only problem I had was that I only used two eggs which didn't make it as smooth as I would of liked it. The video shows them using four eggs which is what I'm going to use the next time...I guess I should have watched the video first. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was pretty good but not perfect. I only wanted to make the recipe for 2 so I halved the amount of pasta and cheese. I kept the rest the same....I probably should have added some of the pasta water to ensure the sauce melted....I found it tasty but a bit on the cheesy side and not as creamy as I like it. I think cooking the sauce with a little milk or cream in a separate pan before adding it might do the trick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe! First time making Carbonara and it was quick and delicious!! Few substitutions...I used 1/2lb of bacon instead of panchetta, and added a quarter minced onion to the bacon mixture. I used 4 eggs and 1c of pasta water to make more sauce and threw in a bundle of fresh, chopped asparagus at the end. I also microwaved my individual portion a bit with some extra pasta water to ensure the egg was cooked through since I am pregnant. This recipe definately hit the spot and will be in my permament recipe box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
what squash? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ditto! There isn't a vegetable to be found in this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You're obviously reviewing an unrelated recipe. Question is, which one? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Squash??!!!  What in God's name are you talking about?  Where is there squash anywhere in this recipe?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
stripercrazy247 - Sounds like you have a lucky wife! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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