April 16, 2021

Pasta Carbonara

Easy Family Dinner Idea

A bowl of pasta carbonara with herb plants in the background

Pasta Carbonara

You can make this delicious and satisfying pasta carbonara with just three ingredients.  It is the perfect alternative to ordering pizza when you have a house full of kids because it is a kid favorite, and everyone can enjoy eating it together.  This is not only more fun than ordering pizza. It is less expensive, healthier, and offers a more memorable experience.  

  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta



6-8 slices of bacon

3 Eggs

1 pound of pasta such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, or penne ( anything will work)


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

2. While the pasta is cooking, dice the bacon into small strips. 

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, removethe pan from the heat, and add hte cooked pasta.  Mix the pata nad the bacon very well.  

7. Next, crack the eggs into the pasta and turn vigorously and quickly to combine all the ingredients well.  Mix for two to three minutes. 

Note, it is important to remove the pan from the heat so that the pan is not too hot, this will call the egg to cook and scramble instead of creating a creamy sauce.  

8. Serve immediately with freshly ground black pepper.  


Pasta carbonara is a healthy and delicious alternative to boxed mac and cheese and is just as convenient to make.  And this is a dish the whole family can enjoy. 

 I often cook "au pif", as we say in France, which means without a recipe.  You’ll find this style of cooking helps you cook faster and makes cooking easier. With many recipes, you don’t need exact measurements, just a little kitchen intuition.

Write to me if you have any questions on the recipes.

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