15 Minute Carbonara

15-Minute Carbonara: so fast, so easy, and so comforting
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Carbonara is one of my favorite comfort foods and is so easy to make. This recipe makes a big serving for one person but with salad or bread on the side, it easily stretches to serve two.


  • 4 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 slice thick-cut bacon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a couple tablespoons of salt to season the water. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the egg and then stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Set the bowl aside until you are ready to toss the egg with the pasta.
  3. Next, cook the bacon in a large pan until crispy. Remove the bacon (turn off the heat and leave the fat in the pan) and let it drain on a paper towel before chopping it into small pieces.
  4. Once the pasta is boiled scoop it out of the pot and add it to the pan with the bacon fat. Pour the egg mixture over the hot pasta and toss it together very quickly – the heat from the pasta will cook the egg. If needed, add a splash of the starchy pasta water to thicken the sauce.
  5. Add the chopped parsley and black pepper and continue tossing until combined.


Keywords: carbonara, bacon carbonara