Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

This is what I'm making right now...A delicious 20 minute meal from pantry staples. Although it’s a world-famous dish, it’s really just pasta with bacon and eggs. This is adapted from Bon Appétit "Keep It Simple", and it is just that...simple but good.  It depends on good ingredients; especially good Parmesan; I shred my own good block Parm.

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
6 ounces Parmesan Cheese -- shredded
3 large Egg
3/4 cup Heavy Cream
6 ounces dry Spaghetti -- or 9 oz fresh or frozen spaghetti
8- 12 slices Bacon
1 large Onion -- chopped
2 teaspoons Garlic -- minced
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper -- (optional)
1/3 Cup Sherry -- or white wine
1/3 Cup Cooking Water -- reserved
2 ounces Parmesan Cheese -- shredded
1. In large pan, cook bacon, drain and break up, set aside. Sauté onion, garlic and red pepper until onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add sherry or white wine. Simmer until wine has evaporated, another 6- 8 minutes. Whisk cheese, eggs and cream in glass measure, set aside.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta al dente, about 11-12 minutes for dry pasta and 4-6 minutes for fresh or frozen pasta. Drain, reserving cooking water as directed. Keep pasta warm in pot.
3. Add both onion and egg mixtures to pasta, toss over low heat until egg mixture thickens and coats pasta, adding reserved cooking water by tablespoonfuls if sauce is too thick, about 4-5 minutes. Keep heat low and do not boil or scramble eggs. Stir in bacon.
4. Serve, topping with remaining Parmesan.
Delicious with a tossed salad and garlic bread or garlic toast.
Serves 6


  1. yum-my! bet it was really good too.

  2. It's fun to hear what's happening in your kitchens! I've always thought this dish sounds decadent and delicious, but have never tried it. It's less complicated than I thought!


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