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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Outdoor Cafe Piazza, Rome, Italy
Sergio Pitamitz

Last evening, that age old dilemma “What’s for dinner tonight?” floated around in my mind and I was hearing it from Bill also.  Sometimes that can be an annoying question, especially when I’m asking myself and don’t have a clue as to what to cook!  Do you ever have one of those evenings?  You want something different, a comfort food but, not a meat and potatoes meal.  Well, since I am the boss of cooking and the chef of this house, spaghetti alla carbonara came to mind.  Yum!

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is an Italian dish that was created during the time of World War II.  Food was scarce after the liberation of Rome in 1944 and the allied forces came to the aid of the war-torn hungry people by giving bacon and powdered eggs to a restaurant in Rome.  The Romans supplied the pasta and swiftly adapted the ingredients into this fabulous recipe that fed the hungry and also brought a sense of community.  The soldiers savored  the dish, returned home and delivered the recipe for spaghetti alla carbonara to their families and local restaurants.

We love bacon, eggs and cheese.  And, what’s not to like about spaghetti?  It is a perfect dinner and an easy one also.  The Italians probably use pancetta or pork jowl, but pork jowl is hard to come by here.  A fine grade of bacon works very well!  

I hope you try this dish if you have never had it!  Just twirl the spaghetti on your fork, slurp the luscious spaghetti and devour the bacon and sauce!  You will be delighted and glad you did!

Spaghetti alla Carbonara


1 pound thick-sliced bacon, chopped
1 pound spaghetti
4 large eggs
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, cook chopped bacon until crisp, adding the garlic during the last couple of minutes.
Remove bacon mixture, set aside, reserving the bacon drippings.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
While the spaghetti is cooking, beat the eggs, pepper and 2 tablespoons cheese together in a bowl.
When spaghetti is al dente, drain well and return to the pot.
Toss with 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings or however much it takes to coat all
of the pasta.
Place the pasta in a warm serving bowl, add the egg mixture, and toss quickly.
Add the reserved bacon and 1 cup grated cheese and toss again.
Serve immediately, passing more cheese and the pepper grinder at the table.
Serves 4

Pam’s note:  it is important that the pasta stay hot so that the heat from the pasta will partially cook the eggs and turn them into a sauce.

It’s one of my favorite authentic Italian dishes!  Yum!!!

E 'deliziosa!!!


  1. Carbonara is one of my "go-to" dishes. I didn't know the history behind it and am so glad you posted it. Now you have my mouth watering for this for lunch!

  2. Katherine, you're right! It is a great "go-to" dish with it being easy as well as good. I will be having the leftovers for lunch today! Yum!

  3. Yum! Makes me want to go off and make it for dinner...and since I don't have anyone else to please tonight, I just might - thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Oh man....this may sound strange, but...ahem....will you marry me?
    He hee! need to work on a cookbook!

  5. Sasa: I hope you go for it! Yum!

  6. Corgidogmama: We'll see ~ would there be an argument with the china pattern? teehee!

    Thanks! Hugs, Pam

  7. Hi Pam, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and nice to meet you. You've such a lovely site. Will scroll around after this. Have a nice day.

  8. Pam, thanks for stopping by my blog. This spaghetti looks delicious.

  9. Hi Kristy! Thanks you for stopping by! The puppy pics you have are so cute!

    Have a good day!

  10. Cheah: I'm glad you liked the spaghetti! It's so good. Thanks! Pam

  11. Pam, you know, I write you from Roma, so since I was a very young girl I can cook spaghetti alla carbonara. So, believe me, your spaghetti are perfect!!!!
    And you gave perfect direction to cook them, bravissima!!!!!
    Come on, next one will be bucatini all'amatriciana, ok???? I will wait for them on your blog! (if you need some suggest ask me of course!)

  12. One of my favourite dishes Pam!

  13. Zia Elle, Italian food is a favorite of mine and now I know who to ask when I have a question! Glad my carbonara is a good one! I will be checkin out bucatini all'amatriciana! I'm sure it must be another good one and I will be asking you about it. Thanks so much!

  14. While I already love most Italian dishes, I've just recently discovered Carbonara. YUM! To think that I've been missing out all of these years.

    Your carbonara recipe sounds great and you have so many beautiful pictures to go along with your blog recipes. Nice!


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