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Late-Night Pasta

Make a quick, family-friendly meal with Gotham Bar and Grill chef Alfred Portale's take on classic spaghetti carbonara.

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum




  • 6 ounces thin spaghetti or tagliolini
  • 3 pieces applewood smoked bacon, thinly sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Coarse salt


  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add pasta and cook for 8 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; cook, stirring until onion softens, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    While onion is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet. Carefully crack eggs into skillet and cook until whites are just set. Remove from heat and keep warm.

  4. Step 4

    Add garlic to skillet with bacon and onion and stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid to skillet; drain pasta and add to skillet. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter and reduce heat to low. Add cheese and toss until melted and sauce is well combined.

  5. Step 5

    Divide pasta evenly between two serving bowls; top with fried egg and season with pepper. Serve immediately.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2012



Reviews (2)

  • 31 Aug, 2012

    This is fast, easy and delicious meal, I do not wait until late night!

  • 25 Apr, 2012

    This was very easy and yummy ! I left the egg off . I will make this again..