Rating: 3.23 stars
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A carbonara sauce is typically made with bacon, eggs, and cheese. We've added a little half-and-half for a silky texture.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Set a large pot of water to boil (for pasta). In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 12 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

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  • Salt boiling water generously; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions.

  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan, and half-and-half. Set aside.

  • Drain pasta, leaving some water clinging to it. Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture. Add bacon; season with salt and pepper, and toss all to combine (heat from pasta will cook eggs). Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional Parmesan cheese.

Reviews (89)

728 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 152
  • 3 star values: 234
  • 2 star values: 160
  • 1 star values: 47
Rating: 2.0 stars
02/29/2020
Half and half in carbonara? Nope. The point of carbonara is that it's creamy without cream. And pecorino, not parmesan, please. The basic, simple Roman recipe is best - it's delicious!
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11/07/2019
Blasphemous
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2019
Very simple, easy recipe. like the idea of parmesan cheese, not like some other recipes..I say, thank you, Martha for having an easy recipe and using the staples I have in fridge and pantry !!!!
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Rating: 1 stars
10/05/2017
You don't put half and half in carbonara and you don't use parmigiano cheese but pecorino romano cheese.
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06/23/2017
what about cooking those eggs? Are they safe to eat uncooked?
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04/07/2016
You don't need the half and half. Traditionally you don't use it. The creamy texture is from the eggs only. Yummy stuff.
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2015
This was just perfect.
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2014
Just made this recipe for the first time and it's an absolute hit with my husband and I. I went a little heavy on the pepper and light on the salt and it balanced out flavor perfectly. I tweaked it a bit also and went with turkon (turkey bacon) instead of pork. That gave it a bolder flavor without the grease.
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11/01/2013
I've seen Martha make this and it looks absolutely Delish! I've yet to try it but, being that I'm a huge pasta fan and my husband of course is a huge bacon fan,I will be making this soon! Just wanted to add,if you're not aware,adding the water to the eggs before adding them to the pasta,should be in a small amount just to "temper" the eggs.I see this a lot in recipes and it's never explained for those who don't know....
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11/01/2013
I've been making this recipe for about 40 years and I've never seen it made this way anywhere else. The only difference is that I use garlic in mine. I got the recipe from out of the Food Stamp Gourmet cookbook in the 1960's. You put the garlic in the pan with bacon and bacon grease as a last step before you pour it into the pasta and eggs. Cholesterol nightmare indeed, but so tasty!!
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06/22/2013
is there any substitute for half-and-half that can be easily get in any supermarket? what about nestle cream, can i use it instead of half-and-half?
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06/01/2013
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02/11/2013
PERFECTLY SIMPLE...MY HUSBAND TRIED MAKING THIS WITH A DIFFERENT RECIPE LAST NIGHT...IT WAS A DISASTER BUT IM GOING TO TRY THIS ONE TONIGHT tHANK YOU
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01/22/2013
Easy carbonara
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10/23/2012
The ingredients to make spaghetti alla carbonara are: - Spaghetti (preferably bronze drawing) - Bacon - Pecorino Romano / Parmesan Reggiano DOP - Fresh eggs - Rock salt to boil the pasta - Freshly ground pepper Nothing else! Greetings from Italy, Barbara (Translated with Google)
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09/19/2012
Flavorless. This recipe is absolute rubbish. Skip this one and find a better recipe.
Rating: 2 stars
05/07/2012
I have been a fan of Martha since day one. I don't believe that authentic dishes should be changed such as this one. When other ingredients are added or substituted it should be named different. The public should be given the authentic recipe . If they want to add or change it's their prerogative.
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09/10/2011
I agree use a large bowl or put back into your pasta pot. I used 1 package of turkey bacon. It turned out great. Was really fast and the family loved it.
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04/27/2011
This was wonderful! Very easy, too. DO use a large bowl to allow room for tossing. I used only half a package of pasta (8 oz) to serve 2 adults and 2 kids. Thanks for this, Martha!
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01/28/2011
Hi Martha, I am a ausie from down under-Australia. Can you Please tell me, what is 'Half and Half' ?? I love your show , Great crafts and recipes !!! Many Thanks Rosesjasmine. Ravenshoe, North of Queensland, Australia.
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09/28/2010
Delicious!! i added the sauce to the spaghetti after it was drained instead of the other way around to make sure the egg cooked. YUM!!
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09/28/2010
Hi, Im living in Norway, and love the Martha show. I would like to thank JaneRW /bubbles8387, for telling us what is half and half is. I'm not much of a kitchen person so kitchen vocabulary is a little bit foreign to me. Thanks again. and by the way cute dog!
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08/01/2010
For those of you worried about the raw eggs: I contacted the company that makes Egg Beaters, and their Original Egg Beaters (not the flavored ones) are safe to use in recipes calling for raw eggs (like this recipe and Caesar salad, etc.), because of they way they are processed.
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07/15/2010
bubbles8387-- half and half can be purchased in the dairy case near the heavy cream and milk. it is actually a mixture of these two, and so has less fat and calories than cream. it is sometimes used instead of cream, and gives a less liquidy texture and taste than milk would give. however, it will not be anywhere near as thick as cream.
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06/18/2010
I just wanted to know what is half and half is? This recipe looks so easy and yummy, i can't wait to try it
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06/16/2010
I've made this great recipe several times now. I add a little ground nutmeg sometimes if I happen to remember it.
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06/04/2010
i can't wait to try it.
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06/04/2010
this looks like an awesome dish.
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06/04/2010
i found this in wikipedia "The United States dairy product known as half and half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream." hope that can help you.
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06/01/2010
My father's made this for us since we were kids, and he actually saves some of the bacon grease and adds it to the pasta when he mixes it all together. Just a bit to keep it from being dry.
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05/07/2010
Completely waste of time and money!
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04/27/2010
anybody can tell me what is half-and-half?
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04/15/2010
Have made this recipe twice. First I followed the directions exactly. I just made it tonight and realized (half-way through) that I didn't have the half-and-half I needed. All I had was skim milk, so I used that and it wasn't bad! To me, it tasted almost identical! I added a little extra cheese to the mix but it was still pretty creamy and the taste was the same. Just a tip for a "lighter" version of this recipe, or incase you forget the half-and-half like me!
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04/15/2010
I just made it,loved it and even better my kids loved it. fast and delicious, my kind of meal too bad their isn't any leftovers.
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04/13/2010
what is single cream? the ingredient which is used for half and half??
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04/13/2010
what is single cream? the ingredient which is used for half and half??
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03/21/2010
Can I use different cheese? and if yes which one? JP from http://www.gigglinggrapes.com
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03/08/2010
We love this! We just tried some last month using Kamut Khorasan What pasta and it was fantastic - now I must try your recipe.
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02/24/2010
I add chicken to this and it's fab I also use more bacon and set it in the oven on low for a bit to make sure the eggs are completely cooked...the whole family loves it!
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02/18/2010
@Riala, I'm not American either but I did Google search and it came out "half-and-half = use 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup single cream."
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02/18/2010
@Riala, I'm not American either but I did Google search and it came out "half-and-half = use 1/2 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup single cream."
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01/24/2010
Sorry, but what is half and half? (UK here)
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03/11/2009
i usually make this for breakfast...holds me over for a later lunch.
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02/14/2009
After reading the comments I used one less egg, and skipped the meat. I added a couple mushrooms and it really came together. Hot plates really make the dish.
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01/13/2009
Jesscouser - save some of the pasta water and when combining all the ingredients, add some of the water a bit at a time until you have a more creamy consistency, thus less dry.
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12/31/2008
was it supposed to be so dry? we liked the flavor, but it was sticky and very dry. would adding more half and half help, or would that result in less flavor? any suggestions?
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11/12/2008
I loved this one, I would add more bacon though!
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10/31/2008
I made this dish for a quick and easy weekday dinner. It was very easy and I thought it was very good. I liked it a lot. I don't think I'd serve it to company, but it was good after a long day. Also, for LaMae, have you tried egg substitute?
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10/26/2008
I made the Carbonara recipe for dinner. I use rotini pasta and added grilled chicken breast. The trip is to whisk the eggs, cream and cheese in a large bowl, add the hot pasta, bacon and chicken and stir quickly so the eggs do not scramble and sauce thickens up and coats all of the pasta and meat.
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10/22/2008
Delish! Substituted turkey bacon for a leaner verison and had to use whipping cream as I had no half-and-half on hand - still tasted great! Best eaten fresh as egg forms when reheated as leftovers.
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10/19/2008
I have to agree with the Null, the previous poster. I made it exactly like the recipe said and it was HORRIBLE. It did not taste good at all. I have had Spaghetti Carbonara hundreds of times and this, by far, was the worst tasting. No one at the dinner table liked it. In n n n n n ll stick to my recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara! Sorry Martha.
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10/19/2008
Welln n n n n n I have to agree with Null, the previous poster. I made it exactly like the recipe said and it was HORRIBLE. It did not taste goodn n n n n n at all. I have had Spaghetti Carbonara hundreds of times and this, by farn n n n n n was the worst tasting. No one at the dinner table liked it. In n n n n n ll stick to my recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara! - Sorry Martha.
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10/19/2008
This was so easy to make that I got my man to make it for dinner. And I was so delicious. We'll be having this one again.
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10/17/2008
Ya I'm a little worried about the raw egg mix too but it does cook when added to piping hot noodles. Just let sit for a few minute to make sure egg does cook thoroughly.
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10/17/2008
(heat from pasta will cook eggs).
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10/17/2008
I'm a little leary about the raw egg mixture.
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10/17/2008
1/2
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10/17/2008
Zuraidahkadirun: 1/2
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10/17/2008
what is hal-and half? any alternative?
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10/16/2008
love this one! very quick to cook esp f u dont have all the time and want a good meal to chow! =)
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10/16/2008
I'm eating a big plate of it right now. I couldn't wait for my husband to come home. Delicious! I added some Italian parsley in with my egg mixture 'cause I love the taste of it. Other than that..SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS!
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10/16/2008
Sugarkitty, try allrecipes.com. They have just such a search where you can enter ingredients you want to use and presto....up come the recipes! This spaghetti recipe is yummy and so easy...I am always looking for things to do with my eggs. With 30 hens I am buried under the incredible edible eggs!
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10/16/2008
I made this recipe tonight. Delicious! I forgot to add the salt, but it didn't need it really. I combined the hot pasta with the egg mixture, but it didn't really get thick, so I had to put it into the microwave and stir it every 30 seconds. I advise to bring the ingredients to room temp before you add to pasta or else the heat from the pasta won't cook the eggs.
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10/16/2008
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10/16/2008
ok some kind of fluke with the website, if anyone knows how to fix that please do . thanks
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10/16/2008
Thicken with butter and flour making a white sauce and add cheese and bacon, that should do it. I am making it tonight without the eggs and adding Italian sausage and evoo instead of bacon and a little garlic.
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10/16/2008
Thicken with butter and flour making a white sauce and add cheese and bacon, that should do it. I am making it tonight without the eggs and adding Italian sausage and evoo instead of bacon and a little garlic.
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10/16/2008
Thicken with butter and flour making a white sauce and add cheese and bacon, that should do it. I am making it tonight without the eggs and adding Italian sausage and evoo instead of bacon and a little garlic.
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10/16/2008
Thicken with butter and flour making a white sauce and add cheese and bacon, that should do it. I am making it tonight without the eggs and adding Italian sausage and evoo instead of bacon and a little garlic.
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10/16/2008
Thicken with butter and flour making a white sauce and add cheese and bacon, that should do it. I am making it tonight without the eggs and adding Italian sausage and evoo instead of bacon and a little garlic.
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10/16/2008
So many days I only have certian things in my ref. or cupboard. We need a site to type in main ingredents we have on hand. then a list of what we can make would come back at us. I would really love a "what we can make for Dinner with whats on hand. You know give our lazy brain a jump start. thnak you Patty
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10/16/2008
So many days I only have certian things in my ref. or cupboard. We need a site to type in main ingredents we have on hand. then a list of what we can make would come back at us. I would really love a "what we can make for Dinner with whats on hand. You know give our lazy brain a jump start. thnak you Patty
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10/16/2008
Dish sounds delicious but w/allergy to eggs, I'm scared. What can replace eggs period? LaMae
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09/25/2008
Half and half is also not available here in Thailand. I looked on the internet for a substitute and can across this recipe. I have tried it and it has the right taste and consistency of half and half. Makes 1 cup Ingredients: 7/8 cup milk 7/8 tablespoon melted butter, cooled Directions Mix well and use in place of Half and Half.
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09/18/2008
I have made this recipe about 5 times and I love it, and my kids love it which is what counts. I have also made it with pancetta, and used fat free half and half and whole wheat pasta. Ithink that you an never go wrong when baconm is involved.
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08/12/2008
To answer the question about half-and-half ... Half-and-half is a dairy product - it's half whole milk, half heavy cream.
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08/12/2008
sorry, but being from South Africa, I don't know what half-an-half is. can someone clear this one up for me please?
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07/24/2008
wow! this sounds and looks so delicious! Martha comes up with the bestest ideas seriously. i'm not a really organizational kind of person, but now, i want to be like that, and she has this wedding planner checklist, that wow, i just had to print it out, and well, i'm kinda stingy with my printer ink haha but its just so awesome!
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07/24/2008
wow! this sounds and looks so delicious! Martha comes up with the bestest ideas seriously. i'm not a really organizational kind of person, but now, i want to be like that, and she has this wedding planner checklist, that wow, i just had to print it out, and well, i'm kinda stingy with my printer ink haha but its just so awesome!
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05/24/2008
I made this using the suggestion of putting the sauce into the pan with the bacon to heat it a bit. I also put frozen peas into the water with the noodles and added some cooked chicken I had in the fridge. My family inhaled it.
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05/22/2008
re: eggs still raw whites take longer to cook; try just the yolks. the sauce will be creamier for it. If you want to reheat, be sure to heat about an ounce of water in the bottom of the pan (or dish, if microwaving) before adding the cold pasta.
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05/06/2008
Loved this dish. Easy and fast to prepare and tasted delicious. One of our family favorites.
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04/03/2008
To egjohns, yes I added the past immediately and quickly as well as some of the pasta water. Egg mixture was at room temp too. Different strokes for different folks but we hated this and won't ever have it again. Glad it worked for you but just not our cup of tea. Too gross!
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03/30/2008
to chrysalis39--maybe you didn't add the pasta to the egg mixture quickly enough? add it quick--and make sure to keep some of the hot water that the pasta cooked in. Another tip is to let the egg mixture come to room temperature, then add the hot pasta. My family loves this dish!
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03/12/2008
I love spaghetti carbonara but we thought this was awful. I would not make it again. Tossing the hot pasta with the sauce did not cook the egg mixture enough. We still tasted raw egg when eating. It was also quite bland and flavorless. It looked easy so I thought I'd give it a try but I will stick with others that taste better.
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03/04/2008
Half-and-half is a mixture of equal parts milk and cream, and is 10 to 12 percent milk fat. Neither half-and-half nor light cream can be whipped. In the supermarkets in my area it is carried in the dairy aisle next to the heavy cream and milk. I've made this recipe several times, it is really good. I use pancetta instead of regular bacon.
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03/04/2008
what;s half-and-half? where can i get that?
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01/18/2008
I crumble the cooked bacon into the pan used for cooking it; then add the hot pasta, then the liquid mixture. The pasta picks up all the flavor from the bacon and the pan crisps that way. Delish! and mine reheats well.
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11/15/2007
My family loves this! My children help with it every time and the fresh cracked pepper is essential - No substitute! Wonderful! (PS: Doesn't reheat well)
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11/14/2007
I really enjoyed this, I used turkey bacon and added some fresh parsely.