Are you ready for a pasta dish that’s both comforting and indulgent? Look no further than this spaghetti carbonara recipe! This classic Italian dish is loaded with crispy pancetta (or bacon, if you prefer) and a creamy sauce made from eggs and Parmesan cheese. It’s quick, easy, and oh-so-satisfying. Plus, it’s perfect for those nights when you need a little extra comfort food in your life.
So grab a fork, and let’s get cooking!
Serves 4 Prep 10-15 mins Cooking 15-20 mins
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 6 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
First things first, fill a big pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once the water’s boiling, throw in your spaghetti and cook it for around 8-10 minutes, or until it’s al dente.
While your pasta is cooking, grab a large skillet and toss in your pancetta or bacon. Cook it over medium heat for around 8 minutes or until it’s crispy.
Next, crack four large eggs into a medium-sized bowl and whisk them together with one cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Mix it all up until it’s smooth and creamy.
Once your spaghetti is cooked, drain it and set aside 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Then, toss your spaghetti into the skillet with the pancetta or bacon and stir it around to combine everything.
Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in your egg and cheese mixture. Quickly stir everything together so that the hot spaghetti cooks the eggs and creates a creamy, dreamy sauce.
If your pasta seems a bit dry, add some of the reserved pasta water a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Finally, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
Voilà! Your delicious spaghetti carbonara is ready to enjoy. Serve it up with a glass of red wine and a side salad, and you’re all set for a cozy night in. Enjoy!