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Spaghetti Carbonara

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Spaghetti Carbonara is an Italian classic that’s a snap to prepare and will get rave reviews from your family! This bacon and egg pasta or spaghetti carbonara recipe is easy comfort food!

Spaghetti Carbonara | Pasta combined with grated cheese, eggs and pancetta create a simple, delectable entree

Spaghetti Carbonara

With the cooler autumn weather, our dinners have become heartier.  Creamy pasta and a hot loaf of bread were perfect for a weeknight meal.  Pancetta and onions were sautéed, then a bit of white wine added for flavor.  The pasta was quickly tossed in this mixture before eggs and cheese were incorporated. Nothing but raves about this spaghetti carbonara.  Note that the eggs may not be fully cooked, so use caution if you do not use pasteurized eggs.

Spaghetti Carbonara | Pasta combined with grated cheese, eggs and pancetta create a simple, delectable entree

Spaghetti Carbonara

When I try new dinner recipes, especially those that aren’t slabs of beef, I hold my breath when the hubby takes his first bite. He grew up in a home where pizza was about as exotic as entrees would get. I shouldn’t have worried. He was a fan instantly. Creamy, salty and hearty, this spaghetti carbonara is pure comfort food.

I have even made a smoked salmon carbonara recipe for Lent. Eliminate the pancetta and add strips of smoked salmon just before adding the pasta. It’s already cooked so does not need to be sautéed. Enjoy!!

Spaghetti Carbonara in a white bowl with a sprig of parsely Pasta combined with grated cheese, eggs and pancetta create a simple, delectable entree

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This Carbonara Recipe was first shared in October 2013. Text and photos were updated in 2019.
Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is an Italian classic that's a snap to prepare and will get rave reviews from your family!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Yield 4 servings



  • 6 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup Romano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook pancetta in a saucepan over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add onion and continue cooking till onion is golden, about 10 minutes. Add wine and cook till reduced by half.
  2. Cook spaghetti in well-salted water till done.
  3. While pasta is cooking, whisk together eggs, cheeses, pepper, and salt.
  4. Drain pasta and add to pancetta and onion mixture. Toss well over medium heat, till well mixed. Remove from heat and add egg mixture, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from Gourmet.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 572Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 639mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g


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69 comments on “Spaghetti Carbonara”

  1. Lizzy…looks good. I like this recipe it looks easy and I usually ahve the ingredients. I normally dn’t buy pancetta but living in an Italian section of the city there are plenty of deli’s that always carry it.
    Great pics. Thanks for sharing ….:-)))

  2. This simple recipe with eggs will go down well with us, looks yummy.

  3. I love the classic Italian pasta dishes. there’s nothing more comforting, in my opinion. Great recipe and fantastic photos.

  4. well this a coincidenze i’m making this pasta for lunch today , its quick and easy to prepare-.

  5. Comfort Food! How I love you. This is my most favorite recipe in the world. We Americanize it a bit and add a little cream and less of the cheese (Hubby and Dudette think it smells like feet), but it’s the same delightful dish.

  6. Love pasta carbonara! Yours looks delicious.

  7. This has to be my favorite dish, too! Really, I’ll make it at home, order it out, and whatever slight variation there is, it’s always good. I most often just use bacon at home for Mr. Rosemary and me, but I love it best with pancetta. Dishes like this sure are one good thing about cooler temperatures.

  8. Hi Lizzy! Love your blog’s new look with those cute little berries! ;D
    Delicious looking Spaghetti Carbonara and creamy sauces are my fave! YUMS!

  9. This dish is something I could eat every day and not get tired of it! This recipe speaks for itself-simply delicious. Have a great day!

  10. I adore spaghetti carbonara! And I love that this version has 3 eggs in it – oh yeah!! It is so hard to find pancetta around here so I usually have to go with thick cut bacon or canadian bacon. I would love to try it with this recipe. I haven’t made it in a while. You’ve inspired me (plus, I love to have leftovers of this!!) Love it Lizzy!

  11. looks delicious and simple recipe,I love the pictures too
    as always.

  12. Ahh, I could eat a plate of this right now. Carbonara is one of my favourites! It’s really good with chopped up sausages in too 😀

  13. So this is what carbonara is supposed to look like! And it involves cheese and pasta and eggs AND pancetta – heavenly… And that flatware is lovely 🙂

  14. I love spaghetti carbonara – so quick to pull off and it hits all those comfort food cravings, especially on Friday nights.

  15. I loves spaghetti carbonara – I always have 🙂
    Tq for sharing the recipe lizzy, I’m sure this will definitely great to serve with warm bread 😉

  16. Love Spaghetti Carbonara! I always use unpasteurized eggs, but they’re free-range and from a farm I’ve visited, so I actually feel safer using them than the eggs from the grocery store.

  17. Yay. No cream. Love this elegant dish.

  18. One of my favorites. Your presentation is beautiful!

  19. Gorgeous!

  20. My diet says no, but my taste buds say YES!


  21. That is some delicious looking comfort food. Love the recipe!

  22. Love carbonara too! Warm and comforting..perfect for this time of year!

  23. This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. When the temperature dips I’m ready for my carbs.

  24. This looks fabulous Lizzy! A perfect pasta dish! 🙂

  25. Liz, this is one of my favorite dishes. Actually I love pasta anyway I can get it…it’s my favorite food. I just adore your new site!

  26. Love the new look and congrats on the food buzz nominee. No one deserves it more than you do.
    Great recipe too. Something about cold weather gets me craving pasta. 🙂

  27. I love comfort food when the weather tents to get cooler and your pasta dish sounds like a great dinner!

  28. Love this recipe. Your paste looks really fresh and light… and wonderfull

  29. Spaghetti carbonara is so super-yummy!! I am not a tomato sauce person… and carbonara is probably the only way that I would eat spaghetti. 🙂

  30. Speghetti carbonar was my favorite food as a kid – i had it so much that i got tired of it and haven’t had it in years – but this is making me crave it again.

    Very nice!

  31. Lizzy! your blog look beauty! and love your paste! yumm! gloria

  32. Great post – I love spaghetti carbonara. So easy but oh so tasty!! I haven’t made it in a while. thinking I might just have to soon

  33. Thumbs up on the pancetta and wine move! Looks like a great dinner. And nice update on the look of your blog!

  34. Always such a classic – I would need to sop up all the sauce!

  35. I see the word carbonara and I shudder at the disaster I created for dinner one evening. 😛

  36. mmmm….that looks like the perfect dinner for tomorrow night. Have to go buy some Pancetta. Thanks!

  37. Your new blog design looks great Lizzy!! I want to try making this dish with bacon instead of pancetta, I know it would be a big hit here.

  38. this looks good lovely new header 🙂

  39. I just had Spaghetti Carbonara for lunch!

  40. This is literally making my mouth water! Sadly, I am under 21, so I can’t use the wine… But you can bet that this recipe will have a top place in my bookmarks! Yum.


  41. Love your new Template, Lizzy…so happy, and bright looking, just like your personality!
    I haven’t made Carbonara since about a year ago, and posted it on my blog too. Loved the fact that you consulted, and adapted the recipe from Gourmet! I miss the Gourmet magazines, but do have some of their cookbooks.
    Now, I’m hungry, and determined to make pasta carbonara, using your delish, and yummy recipe:DDD

  42. The new design looks good. Recipe looks easy and tasty.

  43. Beautifully done and one of my all time favorites. …and your pictures are a feast for the eyes! Thanks!

  44. looks perfect for a chilly autumn night!

  45. Li hai preparati molto bene questi spaghetti

  46. Raves for sure! Plus bells, whistles and ballons. I love that the pancetta was an accent. Very tasty Liz.

  47. Che buona!! Ho avuto la fortuna di mangiarla in casa di amici parecchie volte e la trovo di un buono!!! Un abbraccio e buonissima giornata
    ps. la ciotolina è fantastica

  48. I love this dish! And I really love your blogs new look – sleek, sexy, and elegant!

  49. This does look like the perfect comfort food! It’s not even 11am and I could totally go for a bowl of that delicious pasta!

  50. I’m making this tonight. Perfect dinner before the half marathon tomorrow!

  51. I’m DEFINITELY making this! Easy and I love all kinds of carbonara!

  52. Mt favorite food. (:

  53. haha…My dinners are becoming lighter since the weather is getting warmer here 😀 I love spaghetti carbonara- I usually make it when I don’t know what else to make because it’s so simple and tasty 😉 Yours looks delicious!!

  54. Had my first cabonara last year and it was love at first bite. Its just so creamy and wonderful. This makes me want to go whip up some pasta!

  55. I LOVE carbonara, and if I could, I’d eat it every single day! Can you imagine if we could do that with no health ramifications? Yours looks spectacular!

  56. Aaah these pictures are making me so so hungry… this looks absolutely delicious!

  57. This looks so simple, yet hearty at the same time. A perfect meal for the work week.

  58. Sounds delicious! This is a favorite of my boyfriend’s, but I still haven’t made it for him. You have inspired me to finally go for it! Thanks for sharing!

  59. This is definitely one of my favorite pasta recipes! Love it! Beautiful pics of a tasty dish!

  60. Simple yet delicious. Thank you for making me drool! I’m sorry I haven’t been visiting…this arm is taking its time to heal! But it is ALWAYS a joy to spend time perusing your lovely site. Many blessings!

  61. This looks and sounds divine, Lizzy!

  62. Lovely carbonera. One of my husband’s favourite pasta dishes.

  63. Thanks, everyone!!!! It’s a winner 🙂

  64. Great pics!

  65. This really looks delicious! My mom likes to cook Carbonara. I’ll definitely recommend this recipe to her. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  66. Sara, I’m so glad I introduced this one to you!!!! I try not to make it too often as I feel the same way~

  67. This is my favourite dish to make when I’m in a hurry. I use bacon and the wine is a great new addition for me.
    Thank You.

  68. I love carbonara and yours looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at my pasta blog hop! Pinned 🙂

  69. I guess I will have to finally try this. I didnt know it had onion in it. Certainly will be one on my list of must trys … looks great!

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