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Pasta Carbonara

This easy Pasta Carbonara recipe can be put together in just 30 minutes. It is full of flavor with green peas, crispy bacon, and a creamy carbonara sauce. Your family will beg for this for dinner and it easy enough to make it anytime.
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 490 kcal


  • 8-10 Slices bacon cut into ½ pieces
  • 8 Cups water
  • 1 Pound spaghetti
  • 3 Cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 4 Large egg yolks
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Cup heavy cream
  • Cups finely grated Pamesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley , for garnish
  • 1 Cup frozen peas


  • Preheat a large skillet on medium high, add the bacon and cook it until it is browned. As soon as the bacon is done remove pan from heat. With a slotted spoon remove bacon and place on paper towel to drain, set aside. Save 1 Tablespoon of bacon rendering in pan and dispose of the rest.
  • Boil 8 cups of water with a dash of salt in a large pot. Then, the add spaghetti and cook one minute less than the directions on the box, or until cooked al dente.
  • In medium bowl add eggs, egg yolks, heavy cream, salt, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Mix ingredients and set aside.
  • Place skillet back on stove and turn heat to medium-low. Add garlic to bacon renderings and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add peas to skillet and cook 2-3 minutes, or until they have completely thawed.
  • Drain al dente spaghetti, then place cooked spaghetti in the skillet. Slowly pour carbonara sauce mixture over noodles while tossing to coat noodles. Add bacon back to the skillet and toss to incorporate.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Continue to toss spaghetti until the sauce has thickened.
  • Sprinkle parsley and Parmesan cheese over pasta, plate and enjoy.


  • Use fresh grated Parmesan cheese. This will make the sauce much creamier.
  • For a healthier option you can replace heavy cream with 1 cup of saved pasta water.
*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Calories: 490kcalCarbohydrates: 47.2gFat: 21.8gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 298mgSodium: 735mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 1.5gVitamin D: 23µgCalcium: 158mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Pasta Carbonara, Pasta Carbonara Recipe, Spaghetti Carbonara
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