Bacon and Egg Spaghetti


Don't skip cooking the eggs in the reserved bacon drippings. Not only does this simple step boost the flavor factor, it means there's one less pan to clean.

Bacon Egg Spaghetti
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 slice white or whole grain bread, torn into pieces

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 ounce dried spaghetti

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 eggs

  • Snipped fresh chives (optional)

  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • cracked black pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor combine bread, 1 Tbsp. Parmesan, and 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil. Cover and process until coarse crumbs form. Spread in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack.

  2. In a large pot cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.

  3. Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain well on paper towels. Tear bacon into large pieces; set aside. Keep skillet warm reserving 1 to 2 Tbsp. of the drippings in the skillet.

  4. In the same large pot used for the pasta cook garlic in remaining 2 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add salt and crushed red pepper. Add cooked pasta and remaining Parmesan to saucepan. Add enough reserved pasta water to desired consistency; toss to coat.

  5. In the large skillet heat bacon drippings over medium heat. Break eggs into the skillet. Reduce heat to low; cook eggs for 3 to 4 minutes or until desired doneness.

  6. Divide spaghetti among 4 plates. Top with bacon and toasted bread crumbs. Serve with eggs. Sprinkle with chives, Parmesan cheese, and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
21g Fat
47g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 205mg 68%
Sodium 776mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Potassium 288mg 6%
Folate, total 165.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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