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Easy Pasta Carbonara

This easy pasta carbonara recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare, and can be either a quick weeknight meal or an elegant dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 584kcal
Author Ann Otis


  • 12 oz rotini or any other pasta shape (spaghetti is traditional)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Reserve a cup of liquid before draining the pasta.
  • While the pasta is cooking, whisk the eggs and parmesan together in a small bowl.
  • Add the bacon to a large saute pan or skillet and turn the heat up to medium. Cook until the bacon is crispy about 5-7 minutes. Do not drain the fat from the pan. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • Turn the heat down to low. Add the the pasta to the pan. Pour the egg and cheese mixture, along with the salt and pepper on top, and quickly toss it with a wooden spoon until well coated. 
  • Add a splash of pasta water and stir again. Keep adding a little pasta water and stirring until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Sprinkle with a little parsley and serve.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 2mg