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!

Helpful Tip:

* 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

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 2 Person

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


  • 1)

    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

  • 2)

    Whisk eggs, 6 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a bowl. Set aside.

  • 3)

    Make your pasta according to box direction

  • 4)

    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.

  • 5)

    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.

  • 6)

    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!

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