The Perfect Spaghetti Carbonara


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The Perfect Spaghetti Carbonara from (@whatsgabycookin)

Guys. Prepare yourselves for the best news ever! Today is #CarbonaraDay – say whaaaaaat!! I’ve been perfecting my recipe ever since Thomas and I got back from Rome, and you can bet I’m re-creating it again tonight to celebrate! It’s so simple, but OMG it’s everything. Grab some spaghetti and some eggs, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano, pancetta and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper and you’re ready to roll. It’s an old recipe from culinary school that I dug up and I couldn’t be more excited! 

The Perfect Spaghetti Carbonara from (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s creamy and peppery and cheesy and it’s exactly what I want after a long week! Plus it takes only minutes to whip up!! Follow the directions to a T so you have the perfect results!

The Perfect Spaghetti Carbonara

5 from 1 vote


  • 2 large eggs plus 2 large yolks at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta sliced into 1/3 inch square cubes
  • 12 ounces spaghetti


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the pancetta, and sauté until the fat just renders, and it's crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Just before pasta is ready, reheat pancetta in skillet. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and add to the skillet over low heat. Stir for a minute or so. Stir in cheese mixture, adding some reserved pasta water if needed for creaminess. Serve immediately, garnishing with a bit of additional grated pecorino and pepper.

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  1. Aimee

    Carbonara is a win for everyone in my house, husband, kids, potentially the dog, and obviously myself so I can’t believe I missed #CarbonaraDay – I suppose a belated celebration is in order. It would only be right…

    • Jennifer

      I’ve made my own very similar version of this recipe using turkey bacon and its really great! Two slices and purchased from Trader Joes. Hope this helps.

  2. monika

    I have been waiting for this recipe!!!! Love, love, love all your pasta!

  3. Meg

    I can’t believe EVERYONE loved this tonight. I have 3 kids and they are so picky. It’s hard to make something that we all enjoy, and this was WIN! Thank you. 🙂

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  6. Jeri Hatcher

    I plan on making for Christmas Eve and was wondering how many this will feed.

  7. Abbey

    I am going to try your recipe and hope it works because every time I’ve attempted this dish, it comes out TOO DRY.

    Suggestions? Thanks.

    • Gaby

      it’s dry when you make other recipes or when you make my recipe? Let me know how it goes 🙂

  8. Elizabeth

    5 stars
    Such a great carbonara recipe, simple, easy to follow and works every time! Thanks!