Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

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Experience the essence of Italy with our Classic Spaghetti Carbonara. A symphony of silky pasta, crispy pancetta, and rich egg sauce.

This authentic Italian pasta encapsulates the flavors of Rome, where simplicity meets indulgence in a harmonious marriage of pasta, pancetta, eggs, and cheese.

With just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, you’re on your way to experiencing a dish bursting with the creamy richness of Parmesan and the irresistible crunch of crispy bacon.

Attention, pasta lovers!

I’m about to share a secret that will revolutionize your dinner game.

This isn’t just any pasta dish; it’s the epitome of simplicity meeting flavor.

And guess what? The star of the show is everyone’s favorite – bacon.

It’s not just an ingredient; it’s a celebration in this dish!

So, are you ready to embark on this gastronomic adventure?

With minimal ingredients and in 15 minutes time, this Spaghetti Carbonara is set to become your new favorite one pot pasta recipe!

Side view Carbonara spaghetti on a white plate with a white background with fresh herbs.

Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Ingredients

Remember, this easy pasta recipe is perfect for a quick meal on a busy weeknight. In just 15 minutes, you can enjoy a delicious, Italian-inspired dinner.

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Spaghetti: The quintessential canvas, its long, slender strands perfectly capture and cradle the creamy sauce.
  • Pancetta (Bacon): This savory delight adds a crispy, smoky dimension, elevating the dish’s depth and richness.
  • Eggs: The unsung hero, eggs create a velvety, luscious texture, binding the ingredients in harmonious unity.
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese: A sharp and salty treasure, it infuses the dish with an authentic Italian flair and creamy consistency.
  • Salt and Pepper: These classic seasonings enhance and balance, drawing out the individual flavors while melding them seamlessly.
  • Parsley: A sprinkle of freshness, its vibrant green adds a burst of color and a hint of earthy brightness, rounding off the dish beautifully.
Side view Carbonara spaghetti on a white plate with a white background with fresh herbs.

How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. Sauté the Pancetta: In a skillet, cook the diced pancetta until crispy. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Egg and Cheese Mixture: In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Combine Pasta and Pancetta: Toss the cooked pasta with the sautéed pancetta in a large skillet.
  5. Creamy Carbonara Creation: Off heat, quickly add the egg mixture to the skillet, tossing to coat the pasta and creating a creamy sauce. If needed, use reserved pasta water to adjust the consistency.
  6. Serve and Garnish: Plate the Classic Spaghetti Carbonara, garnishing with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and freshness.
Spaghetti carbonara on white enamel pot on white countertop.

Variations for this easy carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara, with its creamy sauce and savory pancetta, is a beloved classic. But who says classics can’t be tweaked for a delightful twist?

Here are some mouth-watering carbonara variations to try:

  • Mushroom Carbonara: Earthy mushrooms meld beautifully with the traditional Carbonara sauce, adding a layer of umami and texture.
  • Smoked Salmon Carbonara: Give your Carbonara a luxurious seafood twist. The smoky, rich flavor of the salmon pairs wonderfully with the creamy sauce.
  • Spinach and Bacon Carbonara: A perfect blend of health and indulgence. The fresh spinach adds a touch of earthiness and a pop of color.
  • Creamy Chicken Carbonara: Turn your Carbonara into a hearty meal with tender chunks of chicken. It’s a protein-packed variation that’s sure to satisfy.

Each of these variations brings a unique flavor profile to the table, ensuring that your Spaghetti Carbonara never feels routine.

Whether you’re in the mood for earthy mushrooms or smoky salmon, there’s a Carbonara twist waiting for you to try!

Carbonara pasta in a white plate on a elegant and romantic table setting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Can I use different types of pasta?

While spaghetti is classic, you can use other long pasta shapes like fettuccine or linguine.

Can I substitute Pecorino Romano cheese?

Yes, you can use Parmesan cheese as a substitute, but Pecorino Romano offers a distinct flavor.

Is it safe to use raw eggs in the sauce?

Yes, the residual heat in the pan from the pasta will cook the eggs. Make sure to toss quickly to prevent scrambling.

Storing Instructions

  1. Cool and Store: Allow any leftover Classic Spaghetti Carbonara to cool slightly. Transfer the pasta to an airtight container.
  2. Refrigeration: Store the airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  3. Reheating: To reheat, gently warm the pasta in a skillet over low heat. If the sauce appears too thick, revive the creamy consistency by adding a splash of reserved pasta water.

Other Pasta Recipes to Try

Overhead view of Spaghetti carbonara served on a white plate garnished with fresh basil on a white marble countertop.
Yield: 6 servings

Spaghetti Carbonara

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Discover Spaghetti Carbonara's velvety magic: a luscious blend of Pecorino Romano and fresh eggs, creating a creamy sauce that's simply AMAZING.

With just 5 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes time, this Spaghetti Carbonara is set to become your new favorite go-to pasta recipe!


  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 6 oz pancetta, diced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Pasta: Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, or firm to the bite. Remember to reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining the spaghetti.
  2. Cook the Pancetta: Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta and sauté until it turns crispy. Once done, remove the pancetta using a slotted spoon and set it aside, keeping the rendered fat in the skillet.
  3. Make the Egg-Cheese Mixture: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Set this aside for now.
  4. Combine Pasta and Pancetta: Return the drained spaghetti to the skillet with the rendered pancetta fat. Toss the pasta to coat it in the fat, then add the crispy pancetta and give everything a good mix.
  5. Create the Carbonara Sauce: Remove the skillet from the heat. Quickly pour the egg-cheese mixture into the skillet, simultaneously tossing the pasta to combine everything. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg slightly and melt the cheese, resulting in a creamy, silky sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen it.
  6. Serve the Spaghetti Carbonara: Divide the pasta into serving plates. Garnish with a sprinkle of additional cheese and chopped fresh parsley, then serve immediately while it's still warm. Enjoy your Classic Spaghetti Carbonara! Spaghetti carbonara on white enamel pot on white countertop.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 127mgSodium 240mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 14g

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