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Spaghetti alla Carbonara Recipe Easy

This Spaghetti alla Carbonara Recipe is absolutely the easiest and most delicious pasta dish ever! It only takes about 20 minutes, total so you have more time to spend with your honey! For a different twist, I added some sauteed spinach and mushrooms to the original recipe. Saves making a side salad!

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Happy Valentines Day! Luckily, I got a few blog posts ready to go before I left the frozen tundra! (It was -6 in lovely Upstate NY yesterday!) I am currently basking in the balmy, warmth of the sun in Southern California, playing hookie! Realistically, it’s terribly hard to see the laptop screen because it’s so bright! Nice excuse, right? Anyway, I had to share the lovely bougainvillea! An especially loving Happy Valentines Day to my wonderful husband who let’s me go play in sunny Southern California, while he freezes in the tundra! Love you, honey! This one’s for you

History of Carbonara

Carbonara is another one of those dishes that the true history of has been lost, but theories abound! The term alla Carbonara means coalworker’s style, so some suggest it was originally made with squid ink!

What is Pasta Carbonara Coated in?

Traditional Spaghetti alla Carbonara is made with just 4 ingredients! Pasta, Guinciale, eggs, Pecorino Romano! If anything else is added to it, you should NOT call it carbonara. The Italians are quite militant regarding ingredients that are appropriate in their pasta dishes!

How to Make Spaghetti alla Carboonara

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Heat olive oil and butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Smash garlic cloves and add them to the pan.

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Lightly brown garlic then remove it from the pan. Discard.

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Saute mushrooms for about 5 minutes. Add spinach just until wilted.

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Start pasta water. Grate the parmesan and mince the parsley.

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Saute pancetta in the oil that you saute’ed the garlic until nice and crispy.

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Remove to a bowl.

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Drain pasta. Work quickly. The heat of the pasta is what will cook the eggs.

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Add eggs and finally cheese. Stir thoroughly. Again, work quickly!

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Top with the mushrooms and spinach. Easy healthy and delicious! This isn’t really a traditional Carbonara. Technically Carbonara is just garlic, wine, cheese, pancetta and the eggs. I think the mushrooms and spinach add greatly to the flavor of this classic dish! This Chicken Chorizo with Fried Basil is another great pasta dish!

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

A different take on the classic Italian dish!
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5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 867kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb pancetta finely diced (bacon or Canadian bacon may be substituted but isn't as good)
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1/4 c white wine
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 4-5 Tbsp freshly grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 c parmesan heaping
  • cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach

Instructions

  • 1/2 lb. pancetta, finely diced (bacon or Canadian bacon may be substituted but isn't as good)
  • 1 lb. package of spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/4 c. white wine
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 4-5 Tbsp. freshly grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 c. parmesan, heaping
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach
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Notes

Pancetta is far superior to bacon.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Reheat in microwave until hot.
Best if not frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 867kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2425IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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Originally Published 2/14/2015

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m so jealous you are in California! And leaving your poor little husband for Valentines Day!!! 🙂

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