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Pasta carbonara has five ingredients, spaghetti, bacon, eggs, Romano cheese and pepper. Are you interested yet?

Pasta Carbonara

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. Spaghetti
  • 1 lb. Bacon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Romano Cheese
  • Fresh Ground Pepper


  • Boil 4 quarts of water.  Once boiling, add pasta and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in a frying pan until brown and crispy.
  • Beat eggs and add grated Romano cheese.
  • Get a large bowl and fill it with very hot water.  You will dump out the water before using this bowl.  You need it to be warm when you mix everything together.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of pasta water in the bowl with the eggs and cheese to temper them.
  • Drain the hot water from the large bowl.  Add drained, hot pasta, hot bacon and pour warm eggs and parmesan on top.
  • Use tongs to mix everything together.  If you feel the pasta is too dry, add 1/2 cup of hot bacon grease to bring it all together.
  • Garnish with fresh ground pepper and more cheese.
    Pasta carbonara is traditionally served with ground pepper. Personally, I do not like it with pepper. I would suggest trying it without the pepper and then adding it to a bite or two before adding it to the whole dish.
Keyword Bacon, Cheese, Eggs, Spaghetti
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