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Classic Pasta Spaghetti Carbonara

If you are a fan of pasta, then you would probably enjoy this easy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe.

January 13, 2022
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins



  1. Fill up a big saucepan with water and put it on the stove to boil.
  2. Chop the pancetta finely and remove the rind first.
  3. Finely grate 50g of pecorino cheese and 50g of parmesan. Mix them together.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add some black pepper for the seasoning and set everything aside.
  5. Add 1 tsp salt to the boiling water. Add 350 g spaghetti and cook at a constant simmer for 10 minutes until the spaghetti is cooked.
  6. Put 2 garlic cloves on a knife and press it down hard to squash them.
  7. While the spaghetti cooks, fry the pancetta in a pan with garlic. Now add 50g of unsalted butter into a large frying pan. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and pancetta.
  8. Cook them on medium heat for about 5 minutes (stirring often) until the pancetta becomes golden and crispy. You can now remove the garlic with a spoon since the garlic has now imparted its flavor.
  9. Keep pancetta on low heat. When the pasta is done, remove it from the boiling water with a pasta fork or tongs and add it to the frying pan with the pancetta. And don't throw away spaghetti water.
  10. Put most of the cheese in with the eggs. Save a little bit to add on top later.
  11. Remove the pan of spaghetti and pancetta from the heat. Pour in the eggs and cheese immediately while they're still hot. Use tongs or a long fork to lift up the spaghetti so it gets mixed with the eggs.
  12. You can now add the extra pasta cooking water so it becomes saucy and lastly, add a bit of salt to season it
  13. Use a long-pronged fork to take the pasta out of the pot. Put it on your serving dish or bowl and sprinkle it with cheese. If the dish gets too dry, add more pasta water and then grate some black pepper on top.
  14. Serve it with fresh parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Classic Pasta Carbonara
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34 g43.6%
Protein 33.1 g66.2%
Cholesterol 279 mg93%
Sodium 1250 mg54.3%
Potassium 358 mg7.6%
Potassium 358 mg7.6%
Potassium 358 mg7.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use high-quality cheese. The quality of the cheese can definitely affect the quality of the dish. Use high-quality cheese for this recipe. You can try different kinds of cheese as well with your carbonara sauce if you want to.
  • Make sure that the pancetta is crisp. You don't want the pancetta to be chewy at all, so make sure it's crispy before you mix it with other ingredients. This will ensure a good texture overall for your dish.
  • Don't throw away the pasta water. You need to use some of the pasta water for this recipe. It acts as a kind of binding agent and it also makes your sauce juicy. So once you take out the cooked spaghetti from boiling hot water, add it into the pan with all those other ingredients and then add in some pasta water. You can now store the rest of the pasta water in an airtight container or jar for later use.
  • Temper the eggs. To make sure your dish doesn't turn out runny, you have to temper the egg. To do this, first, add some of the hot pasta water into a separate bowl with the egg yolks and whisk it well. Once that is done, now pour the egg mixture into the pan with all those other ingredients. This will ensure that your eggs cook while mixing with all the other ingredients.
Rate This Recipe

A delicious pasta recipe with creamy carbonara sauce! You can prepare Pasta Carbonara Sauce with just a few ingredients. This is perfect for those who want to prepare a quick meal that will satisfy their appetite. You can serve it as a main dish or serve as an appetizer. Try this easy and delicious recipe. Enjoy your meal.

What Is Carbonara?

Carbonara is a pasta dish from Italy. The sauce is made with pancetta (Italian version of bacon) and it also has eggs, cheese like parmesan or pecorino cheese, and usually some black pepper on top. It tastes amazing and it is very easy to prepare.

How To Make Carbonara Sauce?

To make the sauce, first, fry some pancetta in a pan. Then cut up (or grate) parmesan cheese and pecorino cheese. Add egg yolks to the frying pan with the pancetta and mix everything together well. Pour on some pasta water if you need extra sauce.

Can I Use Another Type of Cheese in the Sauce?

Yes, you can. Some other types of cheese would go well with carbonara sauce. Some examples of those kinds of cheese are raclette, gruyere cheese, and Emmental.

What To Serve with Pasta Spaghetti Carbonara?

You can serve carbonara with green salad, bread-like French baguette, or garlic bread. And you can also serve it with some roasted vegetables.

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How To Store Spaghetti Carbonara?

Slightly chill the pasta in a refrigerator and then put it into an airtight container. Keep track of how long you have stored the pasta because it may go stale very quickly. Or keep it at room temperature if possible.

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