Spaghetti Carbonara Is the Weeknight Pasta You’ll Make On Repeat

by Clarence D. Staley

This recipe for spaghetti carbonara is basically breakfast for dinner and comes together in under 30 minutes. 

I have always preached about the importance of a well-stocked pantry. When you’ve been out all day (and not thinking about dinner), coming home and having 30 minutes to get food on the table can be stressful. But as long as you have a few items you can grab from the fridge, freezer, and shelf, getting something on the table that doesn’t require more than five ingredients and still tastes delicious is entirely possible.

For these quick meals, pasta is always a great option. It’s usually foolproof and a crowd-pleaser, so if you forgot to defrost some chicken and everyone is starving, there’s one reliable go-to recipe you can count on: spaghetti carbonara.

Spaghetti carbonara is a fancy Italian way of saying bacon and egg pasta. The name of this dish is a bit of a mystery because carbonaro in Italian means charcoal burner. Some believe the pasta was prepared for coal miners after a long day at work. Whether or not this is true, my kids sure enjoy gobbling it up after a long day at school. Bacon and eggs and spaghetti: What’s not to love?  

The Convenience of Spaghetti Carbonara

On any given night, you probably already have all the ingredients for this dish. I always make sure to keep pancetta in my freezer (yes, you can freeze it!) and a high-quality hunk of parmesan in the fridge alongside a carton of eggs, so I can easily whip this up at a moment’s notice.

To really elevate the dish, I poach some eggs and serve them on top of each plate. Everyone will delight in piercing the eggs and watching the yolk spill out over the hot pasta.

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So next time you are tired, hungry, and need to get something in your stomach stat, open up the fridge before you call the pizza place. Consider pasta a blank canvas and let your creativity run wild. 

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

While the pasta does become very creamy when the eggs are emulsified with the starchy pasta water, there is no cream in the dish (one less ingredient you need to worry about!). Plus (if I haven’t sold you yet), this dish comes together in the time it takes to boil and cook pasta.

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