Real Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

I had probably only eaten Carbonara once before the bf and I moved in together, and that was at a restaurant (and probably at the Olive Garden, where I used to work). When he made me Carbonara the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. So delicious! And so easy to make. I now find myself craving it on a semi-regular basis.

The version we make is without cream, but still turns out nice and creamy. Perfect for when you are craving a creamy pasta, but don’t want all the extra fat and calories of a cream based sauce.

This is an easy, quick, and clean dish to share with your loved one!


Pasta Carbonara

Serves 2-3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Meal type Main Dish
Occasion Valentines day
A delicious, easy to make Pasta Carbonara that has all the creaminess without the extra fat and calories!


  • 9oz angel hair pasta (preferably fresh)
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced )
  • 2 thick slices bacon or pancetta (diced small)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (finely grated)
  • flat-leaf (Italian) parsley (for garnish )
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • oil (for sautéing )


  • Make sure the sauce is prepared before you start
  • Don't forget to reserve some of the pasta water
  • Take the pasta off the heat before whisking in the sauce mixture, otherwise the eggs will scramble!


Step 1
Beat eggs in small bowl, mix in cheese. Set aside
Step 2
Set up small cup in sink in order to reserve pasta water when draining noodles
Step 3
Bring water to boil, cook pasta al dente according to directions
Step 4
As pasta is cooking, sauté bacon until crisp. Add garlic to bacon mixture and sauté until fragrant, about a minute or so
Step 5
Add pasta to bacon/garlic mixture and toss to combine
Step 6
Taking pan off heat, slowly pour in egg/cheese mixture, whisking quickly to prevent the eggs from scrambling
Step 7
Stir in reserved pasta water until pasta reaches desired consistency
Step 8
Top with chopped parsley
Step 9

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