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Creamy Spaghetti alla Carbonara

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian


Creamy Spaghetti alla Carbonara – a creamy and delicious classic pasta dish that is perfect for date-night-in or Valentine’s Day!


  • 1/2 lb dried spaghetti
  • 4oz pancetta (roughly chopped)
  • 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg (as fresh as possible, organic/free-range if possible)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese/Parmigiano-Reggiano (feel free to use one or the other or even a combination of the two)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • pinch of salt


  1. In small bowl, add egg, parmesan cheese and ground black pepper.
  2. Whisk.
  3. In large pot, add just enough water to cover pasta.
  4. Add about a 3-4 Teaspoons kosher salt.
  5. Bring water to boil and add pasta – cook al dente.
  6. While pasta is cooking, place chopped pancetta in large skillet (that is big enough to hold your pasta too) and bring to medium heat.
  7. Cook pancetta, stirring somewhat constantly, until the fat renders itself and the pancetta becomes somewhat crispy (this should take almost as long as it takes for your pasta to cook – but if your pancetta gets done first, just remove from heat for a minute).
  8. Add your red pepper flakes (if desired) to the pancetta and let cook another minute.
  9. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  10. Drain the rest of the pasta and then pour it into the pan with the pancetta.
  11. Bring back to medium heat and stir constantly – add a splash of the pasta water (about a Tablespoon) and stir some more, ensuring the pasta is good and hot and coated with the rendered pancetta fat.
  12. Pour in egg/cheese mixture and immediately remove from direct heat.
  13. Stir constantly ensuring the egg coats every noodle.
  14. If egg gets thick, add additional pasta water to emulsify the egg and to keep a creamy consistency. (I ended up using the entire 1/2 cup pasta water)
  15. Taste and add a pinch of salt and any additional fresh ground pepper to taste (I added about 1/8 Teaspoon to mine and it was perfect, but it might depend upon how salty your pancetta is or your bacon if that is what you are using).
  16. Garnish with additional chunks or freshly grated cheese and parsley, if desired.
  17. *consume uncooked or undercooked eggs at your own discretion.

Keywords: carbonara