Spaghetti Carbonara
Catie Parrish
Spaghetti Carbonara
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Spaghetti Carbonara

Photo Credit: Mara’s Wunderland

Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray 


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese
  • Handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • Generous grinding of black pepper


Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When water is rolling, add salt and pasta and cook to al dente, about 8 minutes, reserving ¼ cup pasta water.

While pasta cook, heat large skillet over moderate heat. Saute pancetta in a drizzle of oil until it browns, 3 to 5 minutes Add extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and crushed pepper flake. Saute garlic 2 minutes. Add wine to the pan and reduce liquid by half, 2 minutes.

Beat together egg yolks, cheese, and while whisking vigorously, stir in a ladle of the boiling pasta water. Beat in parsley and pepper and set aside.

Drain pasta. Add pasta to pan with sauce. Toss pasta with pancetta, then add egg mixture and toss 1 minute, then remove from heat. Continue to toss until sauce is absorbed by and thickly coating the pasta. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve with extra cheese, for passing.

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  1. Joni ·

    Sounds great. I usually add a half cup of cream to mine instead of pasta water (my husband likes it that way)but I think I’ll try it your way next time!