Easy restaurant quality carbonara. I am asked to make this again and again from both friends and family!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
2 mins
additional:
3 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettuccini and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Fry bacon in skillet over medium heat until crispy, remove and drain on paper towel. Chop with knife into bits.

  • Beat the eggs, cheese and cream in a bowl, then add the bacon. Pour over the pasta in the pan and toss gently using tongs.

  • Return the pan to a very low heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Don't overheat or the eggs will scramble. Season well with black pepper and serve.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; protein 16.8g 34% DV; carbohydrates 43g 14% DV; fat 22.8g 35% DV; cholesterol 158.4mg 53% DV; sodium 339.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (123)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2006
I used 3 eggs, halfnhalf instead of cream, and added some garlic and chopped green onions for extra flavor. My family loved it. Very quick to prepare (20 min.) A keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/27/2005
This recipe was definitely missing something.... Read More
(22)
160 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
I used 3 eggs, halfnhalf instead of cream, and added some garlic and chopped green onions for extra flavor. My family loved it. Very quick to prepare (20 min.) A keeper. Read More
(83)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
This is always been one of my favorite pasta dishes. I used pancetta instead of bacon, cooking the pancetta in olive oil until lightly crisp. I added another 1/4 cup of Parmesan to the dish and a pinch of salt to the cream to heighten the flavors. Some sauted crimni mushrooms rounded out the dish. Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2003
This was a good recipe. It did need a little more flavor. I added more parmesan cheese and more salt and that really was enough to make everyone inhale it. Read More
(47)
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
HEY !! I'M AN ITALIAN GUY FROM BROOKLYN, I KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ITALIAN FOOD.. GREAT TASTE AND EASY TO MAKE THUMBS UP..... Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2004
I modified the recipe slightly by frying some chopped onions in the bacon oil and once soften i added the pasta to the same pan. My partner a carbonara fan descripted it as perfect. Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2003
very good-just be careful not to overcook the cream sauce mixture or the eggs will cook independently of the cream. Also add some ham and mushrooms for added zest. Read More
(22)
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Rating: 2 stars
05/26/2005
This recipe was definitely missing something.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2008
Anyone preparing this for dinner is already not concerned about fat or calories, so...I have always added 1-2 tablespoons of butter to the pan when frying the bacon (chop bacon before frying). Instead of whole eggs, seperate and only use the yolks, it makes the meal richer. You can also use half-and-half instead of cream. Add more parmesan at the table (fresh, if possible). To round out this meal for kids, add 1 1/2 cups thawed, frozen peas before adding cream mixture. Serve with green salad and french bread. Always a hit! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
Quick and easy to make restaurant quality as advertised. Everything was perfect a little bland but overall texture feel and taste was great. Read More
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