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5 from 13 votes

Authentic Pasta Carbonara

Authentic Pasta Carbonara is easy to make, full of bacon flavor, and smothered in a cheesy egg sauce that will make you crave more.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 752kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon or pancetta diced
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated pecorino romano cheese divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water before draining.
  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon (or pancetta) over medium heat until crisp, about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain fat from bacon, reserving just 2 tablespoons of the grease.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, eggs, and 1 cup pecorino romano cheese.
  • Toss drained pasta with cooked bacon, and 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Pour egg mixture in, along with reserved pasta water and toss together with pasta 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot topped with remaining cheese, freshly ground pepper, and parsley to garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 1995mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9.9% | Vitamin C: 2.1% | Calcium: 31.1% | Iron: 12%