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How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara

Whether you make it with the traditional Italian pancetta or its American cousin, bacon, this easy-to-make dish will quickly become a dinnertime favorite.


  • Step 1: Cook bacon, onion, and garlic Pour a quarter-inch of olive oil into a frying pan and add the onion, garlic, and bacon or pancetta. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp -- eight to12 minutes.
  • Step 2: Cook pasta Add pasta to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Boil five to seven minutes.
  • TIP: For a healthier version, use turkey bacon and whole wheat pasta.
  • Step 3: Beat eggs Whisk the eggs in a small bowl while the pasta is cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • TIP: Add heavy cream to the eggs for extra creaminess.
  • Step 4: Add eggs to pasta Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the beaten eggs and stir until thoroughly mixed. The heat from the pasta cooks the eggs.
  • Step 5: Combine pasta and bacon mixture Add the bacon mixture to the pasta and toss.
  • Step 6: Add cheese Mix in the parmesan cheese.
  • Step 7: Enjoy Enjoy this scrumptious dish -- perhaps with a glass of wine.
  • FACT: Did you know? The average native Italian eats 51 pounds of pasta per year.

You Will Need

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • minced
  • 4-6 slices thick bacon or pancetta
  • chopped
  • 16 oz. spaghetti
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c. grated parmesan cheese
  • A large pot
  • A whisk
  • Turkey bacon
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • Wine

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