Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Talk about comfort food. Not only is it really tasty but it’s easy to make as well. I am still one handed these days (see Topping the list for details) so I couldn’t do anything challenging. This dish only has a few steps and it makes a fabulous dinner. It paired nicely with Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan.

  • 4 ounces of pancetta, diced into chunks
  • 1 small shallot, diced finely
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded (use more if you desire)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat spaghetti noodles, prepared per instructions (add salt to the water)
  • 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water


In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the pancetta. Combine the egg with half the cheese, salt & pepper, mix thoroughly. Once the pancetta is cooked, remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Add shallots to the same skillet & saute until tender. Add garlic & saute for 30 seconds. Remove skillet from heat and add the hot spaghetti noodles and a 1/2 cup of cooking water to the pan with the shallots & garlic. Add the egg mixture & stir thoroughly until creamy (be careful not to over cook the eggs – you don’t want them to scramble). Add pancetta, parsley and the remainder of the Parmesan – taste & re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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5 Responses to “Spaghetti alla Carbonara”

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    Jaime — April 18, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    This looks so good! I found your blog through the Foodie Blogroll. It’s great! I am sorry to hear about your finger though. That sounds brutal! I hope you have a very speedy recovery!

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    Erika — April 18, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

    This looks great. I just had a carbonara and I wanted to try making it for myself. Might be on next week’s menu!

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    Lina — April 20, 2008 @ 12:36 am

    This is my husbands favorite dish of all time but I’ve never attempted to make it because he has such high expectations of his carbonara! haha. yours looks amazingly good Im sure my husband would also approve.

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    nicole — April 23, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    Looks yummy! Spaghetti Carbonara is always a good meal.

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    Deb — April 24, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

    Looks great and surprisingly simple! I found your blog on the Foodie Blogroll, and I like your recipes. And the photos are awesome!

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