Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic Roman pasta dish made with eggs, cheese, cured pork and pepper. This easy pasta dish is perfect for weeknights!
Everyone knows that eggs and cured pork make a delicious combo. Here in the US, we most often we enjoy the combo as scrambled eggs and bacon. It’s also fantastic when added to salads like Spinach Salad. But one of my absolute favorite way to enjoy the combo is the classic Roman Pasta dish Spaghetti Carbonara.
Despite what you may have tried at some restaurants, Spaghetti Carbonara actually has no cream in it. None. Instead the spaghetti is coated in a deliciously velvety sauce made with eggs, Parmesan and Romano Cheese. And guys, you won’t even miss the cream. Trust me.
Let’s talk about everything you’ll need to make it.
One of the best things about carbonara, for me, is that it uses such humble ingredients and turns them into a truly decadent pasta. Here’s what you’ll need:
Carbonara comes together SO quickly making it perfect for weeknight dinners. With that in mind, you’re going to need to work fast or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs in your pasta. This has happened to me on a few occasions and I’ve finally figured out how to make sure that doesn’t happen. Follow along with these step by step photos and instructions.
STEP #1: Whisk together egg yolks and cheese.
STEP #2: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook guanciale until it is browned and cooked through. Drain but reserve 2 tablespoons of pan drippings.
STEP #3: While you’re cooking the guanciale, cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta.
STEP #4: Working quickly, while the pasta is still hot, add to the pan you cooked the guanciale in. Toss the pasta in the pan drippings and remove the pan from the heat.
STEP #5: While the pasta is still hot, pour the egg mixture over the pasta and use tongs to toss to coat. Adding reserved pasta water as needed to make the sauce creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pasta carbonara is best when eaten the day that it is made. I find that the creamy sauce doesn’t reheat that well.
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Note: Originally published in 2009. It was updated in 2023 with a new recipe, photos and nutrition information.