September 25th, 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara

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This Spaghetti Carbonara is one of the first recipes I shared here at Let’s Dish, almost five years ago. I can hardly believe it’s been that long! It’s still a family favorite, so I thought it was time to bring it back, along with an updated photo.

Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish, although the addition of half-and-half is more common in America. This is so quick and simple to put together, plus it has bacon in it, so you can’t go wrong there! My husband especially loves this, but it’s definitely a favorite with the entire family.  There are never any leftovers.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 8 ounces bacon (about 8 slices), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Set a large pot of water to boil (for pasta).
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, until crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  3. Salt boiling water generously; add pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan cheese, and half-and-half.
  5. Drain pasta when al dente, leaving some water clinging to it.
  6. Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture.
  7. Add bacon; season with salt and pepper, and toss all to combine (the heat from the pasta will cook the eggs).
  8. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Who Dished It Up First: Martha Stewart and the Every Day Food folks.



  1. YUM!! I actually have all the ingredients. I think I will be making it this week. Thanks!1

  2. YUM! I could really go for a bowl of this for dinner tonight.

  3. Home alone tonight no hubby this is the perfect meal for one!! Thanks for tonight dinner!!

  4. Looks amazing. I know we wouldn’t have any leftovers here either.

  5. This is a new favorite – everyone loves it – my mom originally had it when we visited germany – in my youth I said, yuck bacon and egg pasta!! Oh how silly I was – love ya mom!

  6. Is it bad that I want a bowl of this for breakfast??

  7. A delicious classic for sure. Blessings,Catherine

  8. Yum. You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this delectable delight!

  9. Looks wonderful, Danelle, and fairly easy with few ingredients. Yum.

  10. Great recipe! you can use pancetta instead of pacon for more italian spirit!


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