Perfect Carbonara Recipe

If you prefer a softer, creamier carbonara, you can add a splash of heavy cream to the sauce.

Carbonara is a traditional Italian pasta dish made with eggs, bacon or pancetta, cheese, and black pepper.

It's a creamy, indulgent dish that is easy to prepare and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

To make the perfect carbonara, you will need:

  • 8 ounces of spaghetti or other long pasta
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 ounces of bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Here's how to prepare the dish:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the diced bacon or pancetta and cook until it is crispy. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until they are well-combined. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and a generous amount of black pepper, and mix well.
  4. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and return it to the pot. Add the egg mixture to the pot with the pasta and stir quickly to coat the pasta evenly.
  5. Add the bacon or pancetta to the pot and stir to combine. If desired, you can add a small amount of the pasta cooking water to the pot to help create a creamier sauce.
  6. Serve the carbonara hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.


  • It's important to work quickly when adding the eggs to the pasta to ensure that they don't cook. If the eggs do cook, the carbonara will have a scrambled egg texture, rather than the creamy sauce that is desired.
  • If you prefer a softer, creamier carbonara, you can add a splash of heavy cream to the sauce.
  • To make the dish a little lighter, you can use turkey bacon or pancetta instead of the traditional pork options.
  • For a vegetarian version of carbonara, omit the bacon or pancetta and add a few handfuls of sautéed vegetables, such as mushrooms or asparagus, to the pasta instead.

Enjoy your delicious carbonara!

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