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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

A classic Italian dish featuring bacon, eggs and cheese, all cooked together with spaghetti.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound bacon (6-8 slices), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 large eggs
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
3 small cloves minced garlic
1 pound spaghetti
1 tablespoon sea salt
Sea salt flakes or table salt
Black pepper
Chopped basil (for garnish)


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering, but not smoking. Add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and crisp.
Add the wine and simmer until the alcohol aroma has cooked off and the wine is slightly reduced, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, prepare the egg mixture. Beat the eggs, Parmesan cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and minced garlic with a fork in a small bowl, and set aside.
Bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil in a large stockpot. Add the spaghetti and 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and stir to separate. Cook until al dente; reserve 1/3 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta for about 5 seconds, leaving the pasta slightly wet. Transfer to a warm serving bowl. If the pasta appears dry, add some of the reserved cooking water and toss to moisten.
Immediately pour the egg mixture over the hot pasta, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes or 3/4 teaspoon table salt; toss well to combine. Pour the bacon mixture over the pasta, season generously with black pepper, and toss well to combine. Garnish with chopped basil and serve immediately.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 495 kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 1000mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 180mg

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