Spaghetti alla Carbonara
This super simple Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe is made with pancetta, eggs, and Parmigiano Reggiano. A timeless classic Italian recipe that’s creamy, rich and beyond delicious. You don’t need much to make this dish yet, it’s so satisfying, delicious and makes the ultimate 15-minute dinner!
* You can use Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano (or a combination of both) to make this recipe. Parmigiano Reggiano is easier for me to find so that’s what I use.
*Do not drain any of the fat from the skillet as it adds a ton of flavor!
*Do not have pancetta? Substitute with thick-cut bacon, or guanciale
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- Cook time: 15 minutes
You may be surprised to find out that Spaghetti Carbonara is the easiest pasta dish you’ll ever make! With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have a creamy pasta dish loaded with Parmesan cheese and crisp pork that’s out of this world! Oh, and it’s ready in just 15 minutes! What more can you ask for?
- 4 oz pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 12 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 8 oz spaghetti , (half the box)
- 1 cup reserved pasta water
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
Cook pancetta with olive oil and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a Dutch oven or (Deep Skillet) over medium-low heat until almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low
Whisk eggs, 6 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
Make your pasta according to box direction
Pour reserved pasta water into Dutch oven (or Deep Skillet) add peas and reduce to low heat. Add drained spaghetti into the pancetta-pepper mixture. Stir to combine.
Slowly pour egg mixture into the pasta mixture; cook, stirring constantly until the egg mixture forms a thick sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir remaining 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese into the pasta mixture and serve.
Please note: 8oz of spaghetti is only half the box. If you want to make the whole box double the ingredients!