20 Minute Pasta Carbonara

20 Minute Pasta Carbonara. Spaghetti coated in a thick and creamy egg sauce with bacon and parmesan cheese. A super easy weeknight dinner! Only 6 ingredients!

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20 Minute Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara is such a simple yet delicious meal. It is comfort food at it’s finest. Whole eggs get tossed in hot pasta to create a thick sauce. Then it’s sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese and crisp smokey bacon. It is amazing!

This dish comes together in less than 20 minutes. While the pasta is boiling I cook the bacon and shred the cheese. When the pasta’s done I reserve some of the water and toss in the raw eggs, parmesan cheese and bacon. Best of all you only need 6 ingredients to make this recipe!

What is Pasta Carbonara

Authentic Pasta Carbonara is an Italian based dish thats made with crispy bacon, parmesan cheese and egg. The warm pasta and cooking water combined with the eggs create a creamy rich sauce that is amazing!

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti: You can also use thin spaghetti or fettucine.
  • Garlic: I like to add lots of fresh garlic to this dish. It adds so much flavor!
  • Eggs: Make the sauce creamy and rich. Make sure to bring your eggs to room temperature before adding to the hot pasta.
  • Bacon: You can also substitute pancetta.
  • Parmesan Cheese: I also love pecorino romano cheese in pasta carbonara.
  • Parsley: Adds a nice pop of color and freshness to the dish. You can substitute fresh basil if you have that on hand!

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How to make Pasta Carbonara

  • Boil pasta: Until al dente according to package instructions.
  • Cook bacon and garlic: Meanwhile in a large skillet add cubed bacon and cook over medium high heat until golden brown. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Toss everything together: In a small bowl whisk eggs and cheese together, set aside. When pasta is ready drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the skillet with the bacon and garlic mixture. Add in the egg / cheese mixture and 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Slowly toss the pasta until the pasta is coated. Add more pasta water if needed.
  • Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley and additional cheese if desired. This pasta carbonara recipe is best served immediately.

Tips

  • The trick to making Pasta alla Carbonara is to start with room temperature eggs. This helps to keep your sauce smooth and clump free. Also to avoid scrambling the eggs it’s very important to take the pan off the burner when adding the eggs.
  • Use freshly grated parmesan cheese not the sprinkle cheese kind. It makes such a difference.
  • I also like serving this easy pasta carbonara with sliced grilled chicken!
  • I have made this recipe with peas and it is amazing! Just make sure to add thawed room temperature peas!

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20 Minute Pasta Carbonara

4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
20 Minute Pasta Carbonara. Pasta coated in a thick egg sauce with bacon and parmesan cheese. A super easy weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4 ounces bacon cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for serving

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta per package instructions until al dente. (Mine took 9 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet add cubed bacon and cook over medium high heat until golden brown.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs and cheese together, set aside.
  5. When pasta is ready drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
  6. Add the pasta to the skillet with the bacon and garlic mixture. Add in the egg / cheese mixture and 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Slowly toss the pasta until the pasta is coated. Add more pasta water if needed.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley and additional cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
20 Minute Pasta Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 672 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 627mg27%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 314IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 336mg34%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easy Dinner, Pasta, Pasta Carbonara, Weeknight Dinner

 

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  • Deborah Thomas

    Simply delicious! We will add this dish to our regular menu of pastas. I’ve tried spaghetti carbonara before but it wasn’t as easy or tasty, the key is truly room temperature eggs and saving enough pasta water?

  • Audrey

    Easiest recipe to make and was delicious!!
    My family loves it.

  • Nathan

    Hi Audrey,

    Thank you so much for trying it out and for commenting!

    Have a great day!

    Nathan
    @chefsavvy

  • Thank You so much for posting a TRUE recipe for spaghetti alla carbonara with no cream added! I have had it served to me with a tiny bit of parsley added but this recipe is the real thing!

  • Followed the instructions to the letter, and this turned out really great! Never made pasta carbonara, and now I have a go to recipe – yay! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks!!

  • Jason Margerum

    I made this and the pasta was sticking…I am wondering what I could do next time to make it not so sticky?? Maybe add more water?