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Spaghetti Carbonara

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I've been perusing carbonara recipes for months.  The combination of bacon, pasta, and Parmesan cheese just sounds delicious.  But I kept getting hung up on the egg.  I just wasn't sure about putting eggs in my pasta.  I had visions of bacon, pasta, Parmesan cheese and scrambled eggs.  Finally, I decided to be brave and just go for it — and it's wonderful!  The egg makes the pasta creamy and you can't taste it at all.

I totally messed up this recipe because I didn't bother to read through the recipe before I started cooking.  I didn't realize that the pasta needed to be hot and I cooked the spaghetti first and let it sit in the strainer in the sink.  So instead, I added the spaghetti to the frying pan after the onions and garlic were done cooking, stirred it all together and let the pasta warm up.  Then I added the egg and stirred quickly to coat the spaghetti.  I turned the heat off, kept stirring, and added the bacon and cheese. It worked perfectly!

Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 4     adjust servings

Preparation 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound uncooked spahetti
  • 1/2-1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons basil or sage
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. In a large frying pan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Saute onion, garlic and basil or sage in the bacon grease over medium heat until onion is soft. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Strain spaghetti and return to pot immediately. Make sure it's HOT!
  5. Pour onion, garlic, basil/sage and eggs over hot pasta and stir to cook the egg.
  6. Stir in bacon and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 402kcal Calories from fat 326
% Daily Value
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 600mg 25%
Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  • Julie Mcwethy
    May 4, 2012

    This looks awesome! I will be making this very soon!

  • Nichole
    May 3, 2012

    Thanks for the recipe, I love trying new carbonara recipes! Pasta, bacon, and cheese… What more could you ask for!?! Oh dessert… LOL