Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

I had the best Spaghetti Carbonara in Rome when I was pregnant with my first child. For years, I’ve wanted to make my own but didn’t know how. Until, I played around a little and made my own easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe. Now, it’s one I regularly make for my family.

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe - one pot, one skillet meal!

Spaghetti Carbonara

I still remember the Italian waiter bringing the fragrant bowl of pasta to the table. While there are not a lot of spices in the dish, the toasted bacon flavor is one I love smelling every time I am cooking it. I mean really, everything is better with bacon, right?

I didn’t make this dish for years because I thought to make it was complicated. It sounded fancy until I made it. And, if you’ve never made Spaghetti Carbonara before, you’ll love this quick video. Once you see that the only thing fancy thing is the name of the dish, not the ingredients or the method for this recipe, I’m hopeful that you’ll be inspired to make it.

This recipe works great with traditional pasta, whole-wheat, and even gluten-free pasta –and making it work for any dietary need is a bonus in any household. You can use regular bacon or turkey bacon for this recipe, just make sure you cook it crunchy, so it provides that crispy texture in each bite everyone will love.

spaghetti carbonara ingredients in one skillet

Easy Carbonara

Besides boiling the pasta, which you can make ahead of time and store it in the fridge along with the pasta water inside a jar, the entire recipe comes together inside one of my favorite kitchen tools: a large skillet. You know what else is great inside a skillet? My skillet lasagna recipe. That’s another mid-week meal that comes to the rescue inside my handy skillet.

easy to make spaghetti carbonara recipe, one meal everyone will love - have to try this one pot skillet meals!

For weeks like this one, where I just returned from Spain a couple of days prior and barely had time to create a meal plan for the week or shop for food before my next trip (I’m writing this from New York in between work events), having easy recipes that come to the rescue with kitchen staples are a must! Bonus: this dish makes a terrific thermos lunch. Win-win!

dinner leftovers of spaghetti carbonara make a terrific thermos lunch idea!

I hope you enjoy this recipe in your kitchen as much as I loved sharing it with you today.

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe - one pot, one skillet meal!

This delicious easy spaghetti carbonara recipe brings the authentic flavors of Italy to your own dining room. Yum!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6


  • ½ pound dried spaghetti
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (about 4 oz), cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook pasta, until al dente. When pasta is ready; reserve ½ cup of pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute bacon over medium-heat high.
  3. When bacon is browned and just beginning to crisp, add garlic and onion. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is brown and crisp and onions are translucent.
  4. In a separate dish, whisk together eggs,parmesan, pepper and set aside.
  5. Turn heat to low and add drained pasta to onion, garlic and bacon in skillet. Mix pasta and cooked bacon and pour egg mixture over pasta.
  6. Working quickly, use tongs to toss and combine pasta with egg, bacon and onions. If pasta is too dry, add a tablespoon of reserved pasta water at a time, until a creamy consistency is reached.This will create a “sauce”.
  7. Garnish with parsley, black pepper and additional parmesan cheese.


  • Calories: 721
  • Fat: 35.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 79.6g
  • Protein: 19.3g

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Leave a Reply 6 comments

cheri - September 16, 2015 Reply

I love how fast this recipe is to prepare, looks amazing!

Matt Robinson - September 16, 2015 Reply

Love how easy this is to make, it looks absolutely incredible. Your site looks awesome too:)

    Laura Fuentes - September 17, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Matt!

cats - September 21, 2015 Reply

How do I make this ahead of time ?

    Laura Fuentes - September 21, 2015 Reply

    the only thing that can be made ahead of time is pre-boiling the pasta. doing that, will cut the time of your dish to about 7 minutes total!

KL Hickman - November 8, 2015 Reply

This looks great! Would there be something that could be used instead of the eggs, in the case of a food intolerance?? Thanks! 🙂

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