On My Plate: Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

So I haven’t published a food post in really the longest time & since I’m super busy with my Uni projects, here for you a scheduled post on my one and only, my favorite: ‘Spaghetti Alla Carbonara’.

The information & pictures are from different sites on the internet (linked at the end of the post).

Try make the Spaghetti one day and let me know if you like it. I’ll be happy to read your comments.

Spaghetti pasta alla carbonara. Luscious and wonderfully indulgent, it takes as long to make as it does to cook the spaghetti. The ingredients are simple, just spaghetti (or other long pasta), pancetta or bacon, eggs, Parm, a little olive oil, salt and pepper. A silky sauce is created when the beaten eggs are tossed with the hot pasta and a little fat from the pancetta or bacon.

The ‘Spaghetti Alla Carbonara’ Recipe

        • Prep time: 10 minutes
    • Cook time: 20 minutes

This recipe uses raw eggs, which are essentially cooked by tossing with hot pasta. They are not cooked to the point of scrambled though, just enough to thicken the eggs into a sauce. The garlic is optional. It is not traditionally included in spaghetti alla carbonara, but I like the addition of it, so it’s in my version. By the way, traditionally “guanciale”, or pork jowl, is used in this dish, so if you can get it, by all means use it.


1 Tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter

1/2 pound pancetta or thick cut bacon, diced

1-2 garlic cloves, minced, about 1 teaspoon (optional)

3-4 whole eggs

1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese

1 pound spaghetti pasta (or bucatini or fettuccine)

Salt and black pepper to tastE


1. Put a large pot of salted water to boil

( 1 tbs salt every 2 quarts of water)

2 While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook slowly until crispy. Add the garlic (if using) and cook another minute, then turn off the heat and put the pancetta and garlic into a large bowl.

3 In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.

4 Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil. When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the bacon and garlic. Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce. Toss everything to combine, then add the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt to taste.

Serve at once with the rest of the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

If you want, sprinkle with a little fresh chopped parsley.

Yield: Serves 4-6.



  1. karysmar
    September 26, 2012 / 11:36 am

    i am becoming hungry immediately. nice blog.

  2. Alina
    September 26, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    My favourite pasta ever!

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