I love ordering carbonara when I’m out because it always seemed like something that would be a hassle to make at home. But, a couple years ago I found a recipe via Pinterest that was actually called “Easy Spaghetti Carbonara” so I decided to give it a go and it is easy and delicious! I’ve made it a handful of times over the past two or so years.
I usually halve the original recipe and if I don’t have fresh parsley, I just used dried as I did here in these photos.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- spaghetti (or whatever pasta you prefer such as linguine, bucatini, etc.)
- olive oil
- fresh parsley (I used dried here)
- flaky sea salt (optional)
Cook your pasta according to package instructions (save some of the pasta water). Whisk the eggs and parmesan together in a large bowl. While the pasta is cooking or your water is boiling, cook your bacon until it is nice crisp. Remove the cooked bacon and add the garlic into the same pan. Once the garlic is fragrant and starting to get golden, add in your cooked pasta so it can get coated in the bacon grease. Give the pasta a toss and then remove it into the bowl with the egg and parmesan. Give the pasta stir in the egg and cheese mixture but be careful not to scramble the eggs. This is the only tricky part! Add in some of the reserved pasta water a little at a time to loosen the mixture. Season with salt and pepper and add in the crumbled bacon. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley and optional sea salt.
This is so easy to make and yummy too! Like I mentioned above, the only tricky part is not letting the eggs get scrambled with the warm pasta. It may take a few tries to get it right, but that’s okay! Sometimes I make it perfect and other times not so much, but either way it always turns out tasting really good.