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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is a delicious and classic Italian dish that is a favorite of many. It is a simple but flavorful pasta dish made with spaghetti, eggs, bacon, cheese, and black pepper. The dish is said to have originated in Rome, Italy, and was traditionally served to coal miners. It is a quick and easy meal to prepare, making it perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Personal Story

Spaghetti Carbonara is a dish that is very close to my heart. I first tried it when I was studying abroad in Italy and it was love at first bite. The creamy sauce, the salty bacon, and the al dente pasta all come together to create a truly magical dish. I have been making it ever since and it never fails to bring back memories of my time in Italy.


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining the spaghetti.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet with the bacon grease and toss to coat.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the egg mixture to the spaghetti, tossing quickly to avoid scrambling the eggs.
  6. If the pasta seems too dry, add some of the reserved pasta water, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  7. Add the crispy bacon to the skillet and toss to combine.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Serving Suggestions

Spaghetti Carbonara is a versatile dish that can be served for any occasion. It is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, but it is also elegant enough to serve for a special occasion. It pairs well with a simple salad and a glass of white wine.

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