Spaghetti Carbonara

IMG_7202I entered the marriage state with a hatred of bacon. And a hatred of the smell of bacon. But, like so many other things about me, that has changed. Now I love bacon. Now Printz Charming has to guard the bacon while he’s cooking it or I will steal substantial amounts.

I think it’s because prior to marriage most of my exposure to bacon was turkey bacon. I still hate turkey bacon.

IMG_7188 Spaghetti carbonara is a simple, delicious dinner. Creamy pasta makes me happy. Bacon makes us both happy.IMG_7194 Printz Charming cooks the bacon for me.IMG_7189I whisk together the cream, the eggs, and the cheese.IMG_7196 Toss with hot, cooked spaghetti. This should (in theory) cook the eggs, but if you are concerned you can do what I sometimes do and throw it back in the pot, over medium heat, and cook for a few minutes while stirring. That’s probably sacrilege, but whatever, it tastes just fine. :)IMG_7199Sprinkle with plenty of bacon and black pepper.IMG_7205

Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 4-6
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast


  • 8 - 16 Ounces bacon (use more or less as desired)
  • 1 Pound spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup half and half or light cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. While the water heats, cook the bacon a few pieces at a time in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon until crisp on both sides. Drain on paper towels on a plate.
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.
While the pasta cooks, beat together the eggs, parmesan, and half and half with a whisk in a large mixing bowl.
Drain the pasta and quickly add it to the egg mixture. Toss gently with tongs to completely coat the spaghetti. (Note: the heat from the pasta should cook the egg, but if you're concerned about the egg not being fully cooked, add the spaghetti & egg mixture back to the pot over medium heat and stir for a few minutes.)
Add the bacon and season to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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4 thoughts on “Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I can’t learn to love turkey bacon at all! It’s just not good, in my opinion! This looks wonderful….pasta carbonara is a dish I order frequently when eating out and I’ve made it at home a few times. It really is one of my absolute favorites!
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    1. Claire Post author

      I still haven’t tried cooking bacon in an oven . . . I really need to do that though because frying it in the pan is pretty time-consuming and, as you say, messy. :)


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