Easy Spaghetti Carbonara is comfort food at its best. Made with crispy bacon and delicious combination of Italian cheeses, this flavorful pasta will quickly become your favorite hearty meal.
Easy Spaghetti Carbonara
I have to tell you, I fell in love with spaghetti carbonara right after I tried it the first time. Its silky texture and rich taste made it my #1 choice of pasta recipe for many years.
Pasta Carbonara is quite popular in lots of American chain restaurants. But to my biggest disappointment, they don’t make it right. Sorry, if you’ve had it there and you liked it. It’s delicious, I won’t argue, but in most cases it’s not Carbonara. Local chiefs love to add heavy cream in their pastas and it just makes it super heavy and loaded with fat. Real and authentic pasta Carbonara doesn’t have heavy cream. Major ingredient is raw eggs. Don’t be alarmed, you won’t feel them. Instead, you will taste a silky, flavorful and extremely delicious sauce, that you’ve never tried before.
Italians usually cook this pasta with Pancetta, which is Italian bacon. You can certainly use it. I’m just not a huge fan of it and prefer a regular bacon.
Normally, you’ll see Carbonara with Parmigiano only, but I found it really interesting to use a combination of cheeses such as Parmigiano and Pecorino Romano. Latter, gives the sauce nice and tangy flavor and further intensifies the incredible taste of pasta.
- 5 oz dry spaghetti
- 7 strips of bacon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup Pecorino Romano, grated
- ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, add spaghetti and cook until al dente.
- Meanwhile, in a medium non-stick skillet and on a medium heat, add bacon and saute until it's nice and crisp and the fat is rendered, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the bacon onto a paper towel.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add salt, pepper, garlic, Pecorino-Romano and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
- Set the bowl of egg and cheese mixture over a pot of boiling water or place it on a slightly heated stove. Let it warm up for a few minutes before adding pasta, whisking from time to time to prevent eggs from cooking.
- Using tongs, spaghetti into the egg and cheese mixture and mix well until sauce thickens. If it seems too dry, add more pasta cooking water 2-3 tablespoons at a time. The sauce should become silky and smooth.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in bacon.
- Serve immediately and garnish with chopped parsley.
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