Truly authentic Italian carbonara with bacon coal miners' recipe.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 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. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the skillet and discard the rest. Chop bacon when cool enough to handle.

  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and onion to reserved bacon fat in the skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour vermouth into the pan and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, about 1 minute. Mix in chopped bacon.

  • Drain spaghetti, transfer to a large serving bowl, and mix in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add bacon-onion mixture, Parmesan cheese, cream, eggs, and pepper to the hot pasta; stir until spaghetti is well coated and sauce is creamy.

Nutrition Facts

512 calories; protein 21.2g; carbohydrates 47.5g; fat 25.2g; cholesterol 127.5mg; sodium 431.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2020
I had lost my Carbonara recipe so I was looking for a new one.... well, I found it! My family LOVED this pasta dish. I will be making it again. I did not have any vermouth so I used chicken broth instead. Because my original recipe had peas in it I added about a cup and a half of frozen peas into the boiling pasta water when there was about 2 minutes left on the boiling time. This is a recipe I highly recommend . Read More
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2019
I loved this recipe. It was fast, easy, and had a bunch of flavor. I've made spaghetti carbonara recipes before, but this is by far my favorite. I'll be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2020
Easier ingredients than other recipes. Used great quality bacon, not much fat. Very smokey flavor. Great pasta. I added a little of the pasta water at the end to make it a little more creamy. Best when fresh but OK as a leftover. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
This was delicious! We enjoyed it immensely used regular bacon because already had it in the fridge. We chose thin spaghetti and added a touch more Parmesan. We saved a bit for our son to try and he gave it a thumbs up as well. I wouldn't make this every day or week but for a special dinner or company it is a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2020
This dish is very good. Excellent recipe. Everybody cleaned their plates made me very happy!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2020
I had lost my Carbonara recipe so I was looking for a new one.... well, I found it! My family LOVED this pasta dish. I will be making it again. I did not have any vermouth so I used chicken broth instead. Because my original recipe had peas in it I added about a cup and a half of frozen peas into the boiling pasta water when there was about 2 minutes left on the boiling time. This is a recipe I highly recommend . Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2020
Delicious recipe. I followed it exactly and we all liked it. Amazingly, it needed salt in all our opinions. The bacon wasn't quite enough. Next time I may cut back on the pasta, just so the bacon flavor comes through more. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2020
I found this to be on the bland side. After cooking it and tasting it, I added salt, garlic powder (recipe does not call for enough garlic cloves) and more Parmesan cheese. Quite an improvement but not enough for me to make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2020
I realized after making this that maybe carbonara isn’t my thing as I’m not a fan of a lot of egg ones but my husband RAVED about it, ate all of the leftovers (he mixed some sautéed onions and chicken in when he rebated it), and has made me promise to make it again and again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2019
Made it several times! Read More
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