Spaghetti Carbonara

When it comes to comfort food, few dishes come close to this hearty pasta dish.

Spaghetti Carbonara in skillet with tongs
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
40 mins
6 cups


  • 12 ounce dried spaghetti

  • 6 ounce pancetta or bacon, finely chopped

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 pasteurized egg yolks

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan cheese (4 oz.)

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a large pot cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to pan; cover and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.

  3. Add onion and garlic to reserved drippings. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; carefully add wine. Return skillet to heat. Bring wine to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes or until most of the wine is evaporated.

  4. In a small bowl combine egg and cream. Stir in cheese and pepper.

  5. Add pasta to onion mixture in skillet; toss gently over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes to coat.* Remove from heat. Add egg mixture, pancetta, and 1/4 cup of the pasta water; toss to coat. Serve immediately. If needed, add additional pasta water to maintain creamy consistency.

Why use Pasteurized Eggs?

Piping hot spaghetti is usually enough to cook raw eggs in this dish, but it doesn't always get hot enough to kill the bacteria that can make you sick. Be safe by choosing egg product or pasteurized eggs for this dish.


If desired, stir in 1 cup frozen peas, thawed, and/or 1/4 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

460 Calories
22g Fat
45g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 460
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 569mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 1.4mg 7%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 2.6mg 14%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Folate, total 14.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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