Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Total Time:
25 min
15 min
10 min

4 to 6 servings


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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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
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

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