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Spaghetti Carbonara
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Spaghetti Carbonara

This isn’t your traditional carbonara. This version is made with bacon! I refer to spaghetti carbonara as “breakfast spaghetti.”
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: spaghetti, bacon, egg, pasta, dinner
Servings: 3
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • 8 oz dried spaghetti
  • 4 oz bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1 minced garlic
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Pecorino Romano)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons reserved pasta water


  • Cook spaghetti to al dente according to pasta package instructions. Reserve about ¼ cup of pasta cooking water. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Place bacon in a single layer in a large cold pan. Set over low heat and slowly cook bacon to render fat. Once bacon has released some grease, increase to medium heat. 
  • Flip bacon pieces are needed for even cooking. Continue to cook based on your desired of crispiness. Remove from heat and remove bacon pieces and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate. Keep rendered bacon fat in skillet.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, grated cheese, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of reserved pasta water until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. Once hot, add minced garlic. Stir and cook until fragrant and lightly browned, about 45-60 seconds. Add cooked pasta and bacon. Toss to combine.
  • Pour in egg mixture. Quickly toss to coat pasta in sauce while the heat is still on, about 30-40 seconds. At this point, the "sauce" should have thickened. Remove from heat.
  • If sauce is too thick, add in splash of reserved pasta water. Season with additional cheese and black pepper, as desired. Serve immediately. 


  • Original Italian spaghetti carbonara is made with guanciale. Guanciale is an Italian cured meat made from pork jowl. Similar to pancetta (made from pork belly), guanciale is unsmoked.
  • Pancetta would be a great substitute.