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This easy pasta carbonara takes al dente pasta and smothers it in a creamy egg and cheese sauce. Quick and easy perfect for weeknight meals.

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Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish made with noodles, eggs, cheese, salt, and pepper and often pork is often added to the mix.

If you’re looking for other pasta recipes, try my homestyle spaghetti , Crock Pot lemon caper butter chicken pasta or dry mein. And be sure to leave space for dessert with an amazing fried ice cream.

fresh homemade pasta

What type of pasta can I use for carbonara?

Spaghetti is most commonly used, however you can use fettuccine, pene or really any pasta you’d like.

What type of pork is used in carbonara?

Guanciale (Italian cured pork cheek) is most commonly used. You can also use pancetta or bacon.

pancetta

What do I need to make pasta carbonara?

pasta carbonara ingredients
  • Pasta
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Pancetta
  • Salt and pepper

Tips for a great pasta carbonara

  • Be sure to use freshly grated cheese. Pre grated cheese has a coating that prevents sticking. This can affect the smoothness of the recipe.
  • Be sure to save some pasta water to add back in to the pasta to help create the smoothest sauce.
  • Pasta carbonara is best eaten immediately. I can be stored in the fridge, however reheating it can change the consistency of the sauce.
close up pasta carbonara

How long does it take to make pasta carbonara?

This recipe will take about 30 minutes to make. Perfect for busy weeknight meals.

pasta carbonara in a pan with tongs

How to make pasta carbonara?

In a large pot bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Once water starts rolling salt the water.

While the water is coming to a boil grate cheese and slice pancetta.

In a medium mixing bowl add egg yolks, eggs, and cheese. Whisk to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a large pot add olive oil and pancetta. Fry pancetta until crispy.

Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta.

Add pasta noodles to pancetta. Toss to combine. Add half of the egg and cheese mixture. Stir constantly to combine. Add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pasta. Continue tossing until well combined.

Top with shredded cheeses, salt/pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

close up pasta carbonara

Easy Pasta Carbonara

Yield: 1 1/2 pounds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy pasta carbonara takes al dente pasta and smothers it in a creamy egg and cheese sauce. Quick and easy perfect for weeknight meals.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup parmigiana reggiano
  • 1 cup pecorino romano
  • 8 ounces pacetta
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Once water starts rolling salt the water.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil grate cheese and slice pancetta.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl add egg yolks, eggs, and cheeses. Whisk to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. In a large pot add olive oil and pancetta. Fry pancetta until crispy.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta.
  6. Add pasta noodles to pancetta. Toss to combine. Add half of the egg and cheese mixture. Stir constantly to combine. Add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pasta. Continue tossing until well combined.
  7. Top with shredded cheeses, salt/pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

* You can substitute guanciale or bacon for the pancetta.

*You can substitute fettuccine, pene, or any other pasta for the spaghetti.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 245mgSodium: 590mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

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By on December 22nd, 2019

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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