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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla CarbonaraSpaghetti alla Carbonara is my kind of comfort food. Not only is it really tasty but it’s easy to make as well. I am still one-handed these days–immersion blender incident, so I couldn’t do anything challenging. This delicious pasta dish is quick and easy to make and paired nicely with a house salad and freshly baked breadsticks.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara:


  • 4 ounces of pancetta, diced into chunks (bacon will also work well)
  • Spaghetti noodles, prepared per instructions in well-salted water, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water (I used whole wheat noodles)
  • 1 small shallot, diced finely
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 egg, very well-beaten
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded (use more if you desire)
  • Salt & pepper,  to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

How to Make Spaghetti alla Carbonara

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the pancetta, until cooked through and golden brown. Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel.

Cook the pasta per instructions in well-salted water; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Whisk together the egg with half the cheese and salt & pepper, until mixed thoroughly.

Add shallots to the same large skillet & saute until tender. Add garlic & saute for 30 seconds.

Remove the skillet from heat. Add the hot spaghetti noodles along with the 1/2 cup of cooking water to the same skillet with the shallots & garlic.

Add the egg mixture & stir continuously until creamy (be careful not to overcook the eggs–you don’t want them to scramble). Add pancetta, parsley, and the remainder of the Parmesan – taste & re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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  1. This looks so good! I found your blog through the Foodie Blogroll. It’s great! I am sorry to hear about your finger though. That sounds brutal! I hope you have a very speedy recovery!

  2. This looks great. I just had a carbonara and I wanted to try making it for myself. Might be on next week’s menu!

  3. This is my husbands favorite dish of all time but I’ve never attempted to make it because he has such high expectations of his carbonara! haha. yours looks amazingly good Im sure my husband would also approve.

  4. Looks great and surprisingly simple! I found your blog on the Foodie Blogroll, and I like your recipes. And the photos are awesome!