April 16, 2021

Pasta Carbonara- Easy as 1,2,3

An Easy Family Dinner Menu Idea

A bowl of pasta carbonara with herb plants in the background
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Pasta Carbonara is a gourmet delight the whole family will love

This recipe for pasta carbonara is both delicious and satisfying and can be made with just three simple ingredients-pasta, bacon, and eggs. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, making it a convenient option for busy families. Many parents have found that adding this dish to their family's menu has helped broaden their children's palates beyond the typical chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

It's also a great alternative to ordering pizza, as it's more affordable, healthier, and provides a more memorable experience. According to kids, sitting down to enjoy a bowl of carbonara is "so much better" than having yet another carry-out pizza. The next time you're in need of a quick dinner idea, consider skipping the box or delivery and giving this recipe a try.


Pasta Carbonara

A bowl of pasta carbonara with herb plants in the background

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  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pasta



6 - 8 slices of bacon

3 eggs

1 pound of pasta such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, or penne


1. Cook pasta for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes less than the package directions to prepare the pasta al dente.

2. Dice the bacon into small strips while the pasta is cooking. 

3. Test the pasta by biting into a piece. If there is a small amount of white in the middle of the noodle and the pasta is slightly firm, it is cooked al dente.

4. When the pasta is cooked, strain the pasta and set it aside. Do not rinse the pasta.

5. In the same pan you cooked the pasta, add the chopped bacon and sauté until cooked but not crispy—about 3 minutes on medium heat. 

6. When the bacon is cooked, remove the pan from the heat, and add the cooked pasta. Mix the pasta and the bacon very well.

7. Crack the eggs into the pasta and turn vigorously and quickly to combine all the ingredients well. Mix for about 2  minutes. 

It is important to remove the pan from the heat, so it is not too hot; otherwise, this will cause the egg to cook and scramble instead of creating a creamy sauce.

8. Serve right away with freshly ground black pepper. 

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