Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Quicky and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara. Image: Jessica Alberts.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

When you are craving comfort food, nothing beats a creamy carbonara pasta.

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Quicky and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara. Image: Jessica Alberts.

At its core, this Italian dish is tradionally from Rome. Typically a pheasant dish, it was made with ingredients that kept well, like the cured meat and dried pasta.

There is some debate as to whether you should add cream or not. Traditionally carbonara is made using just eggs and parmesan cheese. However, if you feel like an extra creamy dish you can add cream to the sauce.

The silky carbonara sauce is created when the beaten eggs are tossed with the hot pasta and a little oil from the bacon. Be careful not to over cook the eggs or they will become scrambled.

This recipe is super super simple to make and you only need five ingredients, making it perfect for a week night dinner.

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Recipe by Jessica Alberts Course: Main, DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Serving size

4 – 6

Total time

20

minutes

This carbonara recipe is quick and easy and only needs five ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet spaghetti

  • 1 cup parmesan or pecorino cheese grated

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 packet bacon or pancetta (diced)

  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the water and drain well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and cheese and set aside.
  • Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about six to eight minutes; reserve excess oil.
  • Stir in garlic until fragrant, about one minute. Reduce heat to low.
  • Working quickly, stir in pasta and egg mixture, and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add reserved pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • To make the dish extra indulgent, you can use fresh cream instead of the pasta water in the sauce.
  • You can add peas to give the dish some freshness and to add some colour.

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