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By: Enrique Gili on May 29, 2012, 4:25 p.m.
Spaghetti Carbonara

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Prep work and good timing are key to keeping this simple egg-based dish on track.
Spaghetti Carbonara


  • 8 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small sections
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Handful parsley, torn
Time estimates

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  1. Bring large cooking pot of water to boil. Cook pasta until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, leaving small amount of water in pot.
  2. Combine eggs, pepper and salt in mixing bowl. Whisk until white and yolk are combined, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. As water boils, cook bacon in separate saucepan over medium-high heat until bacon begins to curl, 5 or 6 minutes. Set bacon aside on paper towels. Trim excess fat. Wipe pan down and add minced garlic. Cook 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat.
  4. Add eggs, bacon and garlic to cooked pasta. Stir as spaghetti absorbs eggs, about 2 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese. Stir about 1 minute until cheese is completely melted into sauce. Toss in frozen peas. Add olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking.
Serves 2-4