Spaghetti Carbonara

This has to be the most simple, delicious and amazingly quick lunch or supper dish there is.  If you haven’t made carbonara at home I would love you to try it yourself – it is such a handy dish to know and I haven’t met a child yet that doesn’t love it.  I understand that cream is not an authentic or traditional ingredient in carbonara but I confess that I always use cream – not too much, just enough to give a silkier coating to the pasta.  I do recommend that you try to use a good brand of pasta if you can as it does make a difference –  I use De Cecco which is widely available.

To serve 2:

  • 250g of spaghetti
  • 6 slices or pancetta or smoked rashers, cut in to ½” pieces
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed in a garlic press
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml of fresh cream
  • 80g fresh grated parmesan
  • pinch of salt
  • good pinch of black pepper

Put the pasta on to cook in a large pot of boiling salted water.  Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add the pancetta (I find there is no need to add oil if using pancetta but if you are using smoked rashers then add a little oil to the pan before the bacon).  Cook the bacon until nicely golden, turn off the heat and add the garlic and stir well,  only lightly cooking the garlic in the residual heat without letting it colour or overcook (garlic burns very quickly).

In a jug mix the egg, cream, parmesan (retain a small amount for serving), pinch of salt and pepper.  When the pasta is cooked, drain it thoroughly, put it back in the pot and add the pancetta and garlic and use a tongs to turn the bacon through the pasta.  Then pour over the egg/cream/parmesan mixture and again use the tongs to toss the pasta through the sauce.  Do not turn on the heat – the pasta will be hot enough to cook the egg.  Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan and more black pepper.



  1. Lenuska says:

    Oh my, this looks delicious, I sure will be trying this receipe. I have to be the worst cook in the whole world, but your website is making me want to try everything :o)

    • Hi Lenuska. Thanks for the comment. I have had my fair share of disasters in the kitchen and no doubt will have plenty more 🙂 I am delighted that you want to try some of the recipes on here out – and hope they work for you too x

  2. Lynn Jackson says:


    I love your website and find making your food so easy and of course delicious!
    I would love to if you could keep me posted on all your recipes please!


    • Hello Lynn. Thank for the lovely comment! I am so pleased you are finding the recipes so easy. Would be delighted to keep you posted and I see that you have subscribed – thank you. x

  3. cornflakegirl says:


    I have been looking for a good carbonara recipe for ages. This looks amazing will defo try it out for tomorrows dinner. Loving the website, keep up the good work.

    • Hello Cornflakegirl 🙂 thanks for comment. So glad you are giving it a try and would love to hear how you get on! I really need to post some better pics though… the ones here don’t really do it justice. Thanks so much for the encouragement x

  4. This looks soooo yummy! Must try it 🙂

  5. legalyblonde says:

    Trying this tonight, very excited! Could I add mushrooms in with the bacon?

    • Hi there! I don’t eat mushrooms but I would suggest that you add them to the pan after the bacon has a nice colour – mushrooms will release liquid and you don’t want the bacon to boil 🙂 Let me know how it turns out for you x

      • legalyblonde says:

        Making this again for the Centra Girls Night in… Thats how yammy (to copy Rachel Allen!) it was the first time… I added mushrooms and they were fine too! Going to have to triple the recipe for this round so it should be interesting. Love the blog!

      • Excellent – such a handy one for a girls night, nice and quick 🙂 good luck and thanks a mill x

  6. VanillaLime says:

    Hello again! I just made this and it was SO NICE!! Used to make it before with a different recipe but this one worked great! Adding the mushrooms after the bacon was a great tip, and I took your advice about the pasta and found De Cecco fettucine and you’re right, it is nicer!

    • That’s brilliant! Delighted you tried and liked it 🙂 and so pleased you found De Cecco too – amazing difference in a dish like this when you use the right pasta. So what are you trying next? 🙂

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