Craving for something really creamy for dinner? Nothing will satisfy your cravings better than a plate of carbonara with bacon and parmesan cheese. It is one of the easiest creamy pasta recipes that you can pull together in just 20 to 30 minutes. It is so easy yet very delicious and indulgent! Plus, the ingredients are simple. You may even have them already in your kitchen.
Is Heavy Cream Needed?
Since carbonara comes with white sauce, many people think that heavy cream is the main ingredient. But that is absolutely wrong! Or, perhaps you made that mistake, too. 🙂
But seriously, using heavy cream when making carbonara will just overpower everything. The authentic recipe only requires eggs and parmesan. These two can already provide you with a creamy sauce as long as they are mixed well.
Furthermore, it is essential that you season the pot of water when cooking the pasta. This is another thing that some people don’t do, that is why they don’t achieve the right taste. Depending on the amount of pasta that you are cooking, season the water accordingly. Doing so will add more taste to your carbonara.
This creamy carbonara using spaghetti pasta is so easy to make. It only requires bacon, eggs, and parmesan cheese. A mixture of simple ingredients, giving you a tasty dinner!
340 grams of spaghetti pasta
1 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
3 large eggs
8 slices of bacon
2 cloves garlic (minced)
salt and pepper to taste
freshly chopped parsley (for garnish)
- In salted water, cook spaghetti pasta until al dente. Once cooked, reserve one cup of the water and get rid of the rest.
- Combine eggs and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
- Cook bacon until crispy in a skillet. Line a plate with a paper towel and put the cooked bacon on it.
- Using the same skillet, cook garlic for about a minute. Add the cooked pasta and make sure that every piece gets evenly coated with the bacon fat.
- Add the egg and cheese mixture. Stir well until creamy, but be sure not to scramble the eggs.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in cooked bacon.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
After pouring the eggs and cheese mixture, you can add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. You can also garnish the carbonara with flaky sea salt, olive oil, and more Parmesan cheese and bacon.
- Cuisine: Italian
Is There Any Substitute for the Bacon?
Yes, there is. If you don’t have bacon, you can make use of cured pork belly (pancetta) or cured pork jowl (guanciale). But either way, make sure to toss your pasta in the fat so it will have that smoky taste.
Adding the Eggs
It is crucial that you don’t scramble the eggs once it’s time to add them. To be on the safe side, turn off the heat and remove the pan from it when adding the eggs and cheese mixture. The residual heat should be enough to cook the eggs.