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Spaghetti Carbonara

Basically, this recipe is nothing more than bacon and eggs with pasta, and many versions of it exist -- some with the addition of cream and sometimes wine and parsley, too.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Spaghetti Carbonara

Source: Mad Hungry


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and cook the spaghetti. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-low heat until just crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Skim off some of the fat. Drain the pasta, add to the bacon in the pan, and toss to combine.

  2. Whisk together the eggs, cheese, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour into the pasta, and combine thoroughly. Serve immediately with extra grated cheese, if desired.

Reviews (15)

  • erinmarie78 22 Feb, 2013

    Another amazing recipe from Lucinda Scala Quinn, THANK YOU! I made this last night for supper and it couldn't have been simpler! It appeared I had "nothing in the house to eat" but I always have these simple ingredients on hand was able to make a great supper for my kids, which they actually requested the leftovers for lunch today, that never happens! This is going into my recipe box, it's a keeper!

  • 30love 16 May, 2012

    One of my all-time favorite recipes - my whole family loves this and it is so easy. They ask for it every week! It is really yummy!

  • tinker_brat 15 Jan, 2012

    This is so simple and so delish....I drained most of the bacon fat and used the rest to brown a little garlic and wilt some spinache....before adding the pasta and egg cheese mixture....This is a great recipe for a quick tasy meal....we have five boys and one little girl and this is a croud pleaser in our family. This is such a simple recipe my 10 year old son can make it...I wouldn't pay attention to the complaint....

  • barbarafox25 2 Sep, 2011

    I agree with mrt! This IS the easiest AND tastiest recipe I have tried for spaghetti carbonara. It is one of my husband's favorite dishes so I have tried several recipes and this is easily the best and simplest; perfection. Occasionally, I will throw some frozen peas into the pasta water for the last 2 minutes of cooking to add a veggie. I find veggies far yummier when they're covered in "goo" as well. :)

  • vbrond 19 Aug, 2011

    I've never had Spaghetti Carbonara so needless to say I've never made it. Being recently retired due to medical reasons I find myself watching a lot of cooking shows and falling in love with cooking! I just saw this particular episode today and thought it looked yummy and easy. I made it tonight. I added more fresh parmesan cheese and a little flat leaf parsley to the top before serving. It not only looked beautiful, it tasted wonderful! Thank you Lucinda for another winning recipe!

  • mrt 22 Mar, 2011

    We loved this recipe. It's the quickest, best Spaghetti Carbonara I have yet to find. I will be making this recipe again, and again, and again. Thanks Linda! :)

  • Ediegourmet 15 Mar, 2011

    Made this the other night. Quick and easy but I just might suggest to bring the eggs to room temperature prior to preparing the recipe. Although my pasta was hot and freshly made, the dish seemed to cool down rather quickly. I had to heat it up in a skillet and, of course, it changed the texture. Still delicious though, in fact, the "leftovers" are "what's for dinner" tonight with a salad and other miscellaneous leftovers in my fridge. Thanks LSQ!

  • TresaSu 5 Feb, 2011

    Kids and hubby loved it. I did too. Next time I might add the garlic suggested below. But we are huge garlic fans. I've made this twice already in a couple of months and it is a big hit. Fast, easy and good!

  • mcgul01 3 Feb, 2011

    I made this last night for a quick and easy supper and WOW it was fabulous!!! My husband is very fussy so when he came into the kitchen he asked what I was making I told him, and if you don't like it make yourself a sandwhich. He loved it!!! I didn't tell him how it was made... he might've freaked out over the sort of raw eggs....but just like you said it cooked up nicely in the hot spaghetti noodles. plus i buy organic eggs so feel that they are a bit safer.

  • mlcoope 1 Jan, 2011

    I made this and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Prysmith 29 Dec, 2010

    An explanation. When I said I "Press two or three cloves of garlic" into the egg-cheese mix, I intended to say that I put the raw garlic through a press or finely grate it. I do recommend this addition!

  • peggypiper 29 Dec, 2010

    I thought it came out great all the person who complained had to do was take alittle of the pasta water and stir in to thin out

  • Prysmith 29 Dec, 2010

    This is much the same recipe that I have used for decades with one exception. I press two or three cloves of garlic into the egg-cheese mixture before adding to the pasta. It gives the dish an extra zing!

  • busyfarmer 27 Oct, 2010

    Turned out great for me. Use a big bowl and tongs make it easier. My 17 year old has this recipe down!

  • CelestialCatnip 24 Sep, 2010

    I couldn't wait to try this recipe, and am sad to say that it came out horrible! I think it began to go wrong when, as directed, I whisked the Parmesan cheese in with the eggs. It created a thick, pasty blob, impossible to toss with the pasta. I had to add tons of milk to try and make all that cheese into a sort of creamy sauce. I think the magic of television helped out with the results in the video, because I followed the recipe letter by letter and certainly didn't get the same results!

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