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Breaking a slow cooked egg over a bowl of Spaghetti Carbonara.

Pasta Carbonara (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)

With only 5 ingredients, this easy Pasta Carbonara comes together in about as much time as it takes to boil a pot of spaghetti. Egg yolks not only give this pasta a golden yellow hue they create a rich, creamy sauce that's seasoned with nutty Pecorino Romano and Guanciale.
Course Entree
Cuisine Best, Italian
Keyword amatrice, easy, guanciale, quick
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Egg, Pasta, Pork
Diet Low Sugar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 764 kcal


  • 220 grams spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 120 grams guanciale (cut into 3/16-inch batons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 30 grams Pecorino Romano (grated)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 slow cooked eggs (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil (you want about 1 tablespoon of salt per 5 cups of water).
    Salting pasta water adequately is important.
  2. Boil the spaghetti according to the package directions (usually 8-9 minutes).
    Boiling spaghetti for Pasta Carbonara.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, saute the guanciale in the olive oil until it's browned on the outside. Remove the pan from the heat.
    Sautéing Guanciale for Spaghetti Carbonara
  4. To make the sauce, whisk together 1 whole egg, 3 egg yolks, the grated Pecorino Romano, and black pepper in a large bowl.
    Whisking eggs, cheese and black pepper for Carbonara Sauce.
  5. When the pasta is done, drain it and toss it together with the guanciale.
    Tossing spaghetti with Guanciale.
  6. Dump the pasta and guanciale into the egg sauce, and quickly toss the spaghetti together with the sauce.
    Tossing Spaghetti alla Carbonara together in a bowl.
  7. Plate the pasta, and top with a slow cooked egg along with some extra Pecorino and black pepper.
    Topping Spaghetti Carbonara with a slow cooked egg.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Carbonara (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 764 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 471mg157%
Sodium 564mg24%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 625IU13%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.