Bacon Carbonara


This classic pasta dish, Bacon Carbonara is delicious, comforting and a great excuse to get everyone around the table!

Easy Bacon Carbonara recipe at

Way back in the early 90’s I worked with an older woman with a very strong Italian heritage.  Oh did she bring the best food into the office!  She would occasionally share some of her recipes with me, one of which has always been one of my favorite meals.  Not only is Bacon Carbonara a creamy pasta that is based on eggs, cheese, pork , but it comes together in 20 minutes!  I love fast and easy dinner dishes

Sounds more like breakfast doesn’t it?   The key to Carbonara is that it relies on the heat of the pasta to cook the eggs until they make a creamy sauce coating the pasta. There’s also a little cream, lots of Parmesan, and lots of bacon. And it’s a whole lot of  crazy good. 

Easy Bacon Carbonara recipe at

Like many recipes with so few ingredients, try to buy the best ingredients you can,  that’s what really helps to make this dish amazing.  For such a simple dish with just a few ingredients, carbonara varies from cook to cook,…….”true” carbonara has guanciale, and no cream, but in the U.S. it’s often made with bacon and just a little heavy cream. 

Technique is the second part of the magic.  Read the directions carefully and be ready to work quick with this dish.  You want a steaming bowl of al dente pasta bound by a creamy seductive coat of eggs, not scrambled eggs and spaghetti.

Easy Bacon Carbonara recipe at

Bacon Carbonara

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Bacon Carbonara

This classic pasta dish is delicious, comforting and a great excuse to get everyone around the table!


  • 4 tablespoons soft butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • garlic salt, to taste


  1. In a small bow, cream the soft butter by beating it against the side of the bowl with a wooden spoon until it is soft and fluffy.
  2. In another small bowl, beat the eggs and egg yolks with a whisk until they are well blended, then stir in 1/2 cup grated cheese. Set both bowls aside.
  3. Heat a large ovenproof serving bowl or casserole in a 200 degree oven. At the same time bring 6-8 quarts water and salt to a boil in a large pot. Drop the spaghetti into the boiling water and stir iwith a wooden spoon to be sure the strands don't stick to one another. Cook stirring occasionally, about 7-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet over moderate heat until crisp. Pour off about half the bacon fat and stir in red pepper and cream to bacon. Bring the cream to a simmer and keep it warm until the spaghetti is done.
  5. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it thoroughly in a large colander. Transfer the spaghetti to the heated serving bowl and stir in the creamed butter, tossing and turning the spaghetti with tongs to coat every strand. The stir in the hot bacon and cream mixture and finally the beaten eggs and cheese, mixing everything together thoroughly. The heat of the pasta and other ingredients should cook the raw egg on contact. Taste and season with garlic salt and a few grindings of pepper.
  6. Serve the carbonara at once with remaining 1/2 cup grated cheese at the table.

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27 Responses to “Bacon Carbonara”

  1. Mique posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 am (#)

    Yum! This looks so good Cheryl! Is it weird that I want it at 6:30am? :)

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:33 am (#)

    We love love carbonara! My Hubby is from Kansas and it’s his favorite dish. I always make it a little jazzed up for his birthday. Pinning this!

  3. Amy at Living Locurto posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:39 am (#)

    This looks great! I can’t wait to make it.

  4. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:02 am (#)

    It looks completely amazing. Your photos always blow me away.


  5. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:19 am (#)

    mmm I love Carbonara! It’s so easy to make too! Yours looking so, good!

  6. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on January 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm (#)

    Yes, yes and yes. My Italian Hubs will love this – we love Carbonara. Pinning now!

  7. Crystal posted on January 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm (#)

    My husband makes this for our family and it is delicious!! It’s not very healthy, but oh is it good!!

  8. Coco in the Kitchen posted on January 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm (#)

    This is my favourite guilty pleasure.
    It’s been years since I’ve had it.
    Tonight, we’ve got dinner planned!

  9. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm (#)

    Carbonara is preeeee much my most favorite pasta dish in the world. I mean, carbs, bacon, eggs, cheese….it doesn’t get much better. Yours like fantastic!

  10. P Harris posted on January 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Can this be made in advance and served later. Or do leftovers heat ok. Never made it before but sounds great!!

    • Keziah replied on January 21st, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      In my experience, it looks and the consistency cream is better when served right away. It still taste delicious reheated.

  11. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Hello deliciousness! I can’t wait to have this sitting in front of me for dinner!

  12. Tieghan Gerard posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm (#)

    Oh wow!! This is stunning! Perfect family dinner!

  13. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:46 am (#)

    Carbonara is one of my all time favorites! LOVE this! YUM!

  14. Carolyn posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:16 am (#)

    I love a good carbonara. I can’t eat the pasta anymore but it’s pretty great on spaghetti squash!

  15. alison @ ingredients, Inc posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:35 am (#)

    my kids would devour this!

  16. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 am (#)

    One of my favorites. I don’t make it near enough. I’ll have to try your version.

  17. Shannon posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:58 am (#)

    LOVE this recipe! Made it last night for the fam and there’s not a noodle one left 😉 I added sweet peas to the bacon/cream mix and it just gave the dish a pop of color and flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Keziah posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm (#)

    I love good carbonara. I only make it maybe once a year cause it’s so sinful! This is pretty close to my recipe minus the garlic salt and pepper flakes but I will try it next time. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Shaina posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm (#)

    I would like a bowl, please. I adore carbonara.

  20. Tamara @ MyFarmLifeDiary posted on January 23, 2014 at 2:06 am (#)

    This is one of my favourite dishes. I like to add a few drops of tabasco sauce for a little zing. When I order this at restaurants in France, they bring it with the raw egg yolk sitting in the middle of the bowl of spaghetti.

  21. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm (#)

    It has been a really long time since I’ve had carbonara. What an absolutely indulgent dish and one that I should treat myself to more often!

  22. nest of posies posted on January 24, 2014 at 10:06 am (#)

    such an amazing looking dish! i’m making it this weekend.

  23. Robert M posted on February 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm (#)

    I like this recipe! I made it as instructed. However I did not put garlic salt in there. I would make this again. Great and simple recipe!


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