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Creamy Bacon Carbonara Pasta Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Pasta Carbonara with bacon lardons, parmesan cheese and eggs. If you like pasta, you will love this 20-minute Italian dish. No cream, no complicated sauces, just the real deal. The creamy carbonara sauce can't be any simpler, it just uses eggs and parmesan, no actual cream. It's a delicious midweek dinner that everyone can cook, even complete beginners, and it caters for all tastes and budgets. Spaghetti is the usual choice, but any kind of pasta would do.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: recipes with bacon lardons
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 391 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 1/4 packet of dried spaghetti
  • 100 g bacon lardons
  • 1 large egg
  • 40 g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil, add salt, then in go the spaghetti.

  2. Cook according to the packet instructions.
  3. Meantime, heat up a frying pan and add the bacon lardons. Cook until crispy. Mix in the garlic powder and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, beat the egg, then add half of the parmesan and mix well.
  5. When the spaghetti are cooked, reserve a ladleful of the water, and drain the rest.

  6. Add the cooked bacon and egg mixture and mix very well.
  7. Add enough of the cooking water to get a sauce that sticks to the spaghetti.
  8. Chop some fresh parsley and top the spaghetti.
  9. Sprinkle some more parmesan and black pepper to taste.
  10. Serve immediately!
Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Bacon Carbonara Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 132mg44%
Sodium 959mg40%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Calcium 234mg23%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.