Spaghetti Carbonara Original Recipe

Traditional Spaghetti Carbonara

Everyone knows the recipe for spaghetti carbonara. It is a fast Italian classic that is often incorrectly prepared. Many Italians cry when they see some weird recipes. Especially those that contain cream.

Yes, every man to his taste. However, try the traditional recipe for spaghetti carbonara and I believe that you will not return to the version with cream!


Carbonara is of Roman origin and is one of the four classic Roman pastas. In addition to pasta, the carbonara recipe contains only cheese, bacon, freshly ground black pepper and eggs. I don’t count salt as a necessary ingredient, because we automatically salt the water, in which we cook our spaghetti.

Remember, always salt the water and don’t skimp on the salt! It is said that water should be as salty as the ocean. In this case, however, you can use a little less salt as the bacon and cheese are also quite salty.


Traditional spaghetti carbonara


Which cheese for carbonara?

Like other Roman pastas, the spaghetti carbonara recipe must contain Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Both fantastic kinds of cheese can be found in supermarkets.

Parmesan is certainly more common, which is often imitated by similar, lower quality cheeses (which are of course cheaper as well). Yes, the original Parmesan – Parmigiano Reggiano – is not the cheapest cheese.

However, if we cook with only a few ingredients, its excellent and unique taste in carbonara sauce will stand out significantly.

Also, buy only the block of Parmesan, not the pre-grated in the package. The whole piece of Parmesan is definitely of better quality and has a better and more pronounced taste.


It is always a good idea to store Parmesan cheese in the fridge, which you can always enjoy with all types of pasta, risotto, or other tasty dishes. That’s why buying a block of Parmesan is definitely worth it.


Guanciale vs Pancetta

As with the spaghetti alla Gricia recipe, you can choose between Italian bacon pancetta or guanciale. If you want to enjoy original spaghetti carbonara, try guanciale (pork meat which comes from the cheek of the pig). But Guanciale is certainly less available than pancetta.

Spaghetti carbonara is a very simple recipe. Like other pasta dishes, the whole cooking will not take you more than 20 minutes. Don’t forget to skip the cream though!


Tips for the best spaghetti carbonara

  • Pay attention to quality ingredients, as there are only a few of them in this recipe
  • You can use whole eggs or egg yolks. I add one whole egg and two yolks for two servings
  • Mix eggs with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper. Turn off the heat before adding the mixture to the pan. The temperature must be low so that the egg mixture does not turn into scrambled eggs.
  • And one last thing. Never add oil to pasta water.
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Traditional Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara Original Recipe

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  • Author: Cook Homey
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Spaghetti carbonara is an Italian classic that everyone knows. It is a very tasty and simple recipe. Here is the original version.


Units Scale
  • 250 g pasta (spaghetti or bucatini)
  • 150 g guanciale (or pancetta)
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 100 g parmesan cheese (or pecorino romano)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.
  2. In a bowl, mix the eggs, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.
  3. Place chopped guanciale into the pan and fry until golden brown for about 6 minutes.
  4. If the pasta is almost cooked (al dente), add it straight from the pot to the pan with bacon. Pasta water also helps to create a creamy sauce.
  5. Turn off the heat, then add a mixture of eggs and parmesan cheese. Start mixing well immediately.
  6. Finish with extra parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper and enjoy!


If your bacon contains less fat, you can add olive oil to the pan at the beginning. Otherwise, the fat will dissolve nicely and no oil will be needed.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 2 servings, Amount per serving:
  • Calories: 753
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 2313mg
  • Fat: 31.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 48g
  • Cholesterol: 315mg

5 Responses

  1. There are really a lot of recipes for carbonara that include cream.. I don’t understand why would people ruin it with cream. This is exactly how it should be made! Amazing recipe.

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