Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is a simple yet creamy type  of pasta with pancetta bacon in a gently cooked  Romano cheese and egg sauce.
Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Spaghetti Carbonara is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We get together once  a week and a weekly host chooses the topic.  My week is the third week (this week). Sometimes other group members will guest host  during my week, but this week it’s my choice.

I asked the members to post a Roman or  Italian  recipe to honor  the namesake of August (Augustus Caesar). I don’t know much about him  but I do like Italian  food.

Another big Roman in these  parts is Lucius Quinctius (or Quintius) Cincinnatus, the guy who my home city of Cincinnati is named after. In case you ever wondered.

I imagine  both men had many urban legends attached to their legacy, so no need to really explore those. What is worthy of exploring is the food.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is a very Roman dish, but obviously. Rome as in modern  Rome. Since this probably wasn’t  something centurions ate. However, it is interesting that it is the Etruscans back in that time period  who were actually making  pasta. And not waiting for Marco Polo (as even more urban legends  go).

Carbonara  is simple, with  pancetta, guanciale or  bacon  cooked and tossed with egg and cheese.

While  the pasta does toss  with raw egg, it cooks while being tossed with  the pasta. The melted Romano cheese adds to the sauce. Overall it is not dissimilar in taste to Alfredo. Although that sauce cooks with cream  and cheese. In Carbonara, the sauce thins with water while the cooking egg simultaneously thickens it up.

Quite tasty and you should enjoy if you want a very quick  and simple pasta for a warm summer day. Or even an  easy brunch.

Sunday Funday: Roman or Italian Recipes

Sunday Funday

(as a Tribute to Augustus Caesar, namesake of August)

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European, Italian
Servings 2


  • 7 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Chopped parsley and Romano cheese (garnish)


  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente (about 9 minutes).
  • While pasta cooks, whisk egg and egg yolk in a mixing bowl then stir in the cheese, salt and black pepper.
  • Also start browning the pancetta and garlic in butter in a large skillet so that the fat is rendered but not to the point where it is fully crispy; keep it a little softer; push the pan off the heat while the pasta finishes cooking.
  • When the pasta is done, siphon off a cup or two of cooking water to a bowl and set aside, then drain the pasta.
  • Once drained, toss the pasta with the egg/cheese mixture, until fully coated.
  • Put the skillet back on the heat on low, and add the pasta, tossing again along with enough of the saved cooking water to make the sauce creamy but not watery. The egg will cook as you mix.
  • Serve garnished with a little chopped parsley and extra cheese if you like.


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5 responses

  1. Super tempting spaghetti carbonara. So much to learn about the Italian cuisine and the different sauces they make. Thank you for suggesting Roman dishes, as that gave me the opportunity to try out cacio e Pepe for the first time and my family loved it.

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