Spaghetti Carbonara


This bacon carbonara is a super rich, classic "bacon and egg" spaghetti dish that's great to serve for company. This recipe also makes an unusual brunch offering.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or as needed

  • 8 slices bacon, diced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain, toss spaghetti with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and set aside.

    Cooked spaghetti on a baking sheet
  2. Place diced bacon in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the skillet.

    Bacon pieces sizzling in a pan
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to bacon fat in the skillet. Add chopped onion and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook 1 minute more.

    Diced onion cooking in oil in a pot
  4. Return cooked bacon to the skillet; add cooked spaghetti. Toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or sticks together. Add beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or a large fork, until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and toss again. Season with salt and pepper (remember that bacon and Parmesan are very salty).

    Pot of Spaghetti Carbonara with tongs placed on top
  5. Serve warm with chopped parsley sprinkled on top and extra Parmesan cheese at the table.

    an overhead, close up view of a plate of spaghetti carbonara


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

444 Calories
21g Fat
45g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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